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Allergies in the time of COVID-19

There’s bad news and there is good news this allergy season.

There’s bad news and there is good news this allergy season.
Many of the symptoms of seasonal allergies can be mistaken for signs and symptoms of other upper respiratory infections including COVID-19. Many symptoms include runny nose, stuffy nose, red eyes, scratchy throat, cough, tight chest and sneezing.
Seems the tricky part is how embarrassing it is to have allergies right now. Having a runny nose and sneezing in the grocery line-aaak! It can be a whole situation… Believe me; just imagine the looks you get from other people shopping right now — Ugh.

The good news is that many of the natural things we use to treat seasonal allergies are also great at COVID-19 prevention.

Quercitin — Quercitin is a polyphenol that comes from the skins of many fruits and vegetables including apples and onions and is a natural anti-histamine. It helps take the overall level of histamine during allergy season down a notch. Quercitin also appears to prevent coronavirus from attaching to the ACE receptor on the outside of the cell membrane, blocking the entrance of the virus into the cell and slowing viral replication. Recommended dosing 1200mg twice a day.
Diamine Oxidase — Diamine oxidase (DAO), also known as histaminase, is the enzyme that we make to break down and recycle histamine. The highest levels of DAO are found in the digestive tract. Taking this enzyme helps to break down histamine once it is released in the body. Our favorite DAO product is HistDao by Xymogen, take 3-4 capsules as needed throughout the day.
Bromelain — Bromalain is an enzyme that comes from pineapples. Taken on an empty stomach, this enzyme gets absorbed and helps to digest inflammation and mucous in the upper respiratory tract. We love this one! Take 2-6 caps on an empty stomach twice daily.
NAC — N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is the supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. NAC is mucolytic, anti-viral and is a precursor to glutathione, our body’s most potent antioxidant. NAC is recommended for both seasonal allergies and COVID-19. NAC can be taken orally 900 mg twice daily. NAC is also available in prescription form that may be inhaled to help with asthma and shortness of breath.
AllQlear — AllQlear by Integrative Therapeutics has a unique ingredient derived from quail eggs that appears to act as a tryptase inhibitor, stabilizing mast cells and reducing histamine secretion. Chew two tablets twice daily between meals.
Sinus Rinsing — Rinsing out the sinuses helps both with seasonal allergies and preventing COVID-19.
Read more here about sinus rinsing and all the things you can add to your sinus rinse to make it more powerful! We especially like the nasal ionic silver for allergy season.
We hope you are staying healthy and happy during this great pause.
Let us know if we can help in any way!
Please call or email the office. We can ship you an allergy package or anything to help during this crazy time. We can also do curbside pick up.
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Dr. Terri Rebibo Fox

Dr. Terri Fox is a holistic, integrative, functional medicine doctor in Boulder, Colorado. She works on your behalf as a medical detective searching for the underlying dysfunction, instead of just treating your symptoms. She has expertise in fatigue, bio-identical hormones, sleep disorders, gastro-intestinal dysfunction, and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome from mold toxicity and Lyme disease.