Invasive-PlantPlants that are not native to a certain locale are considered invasive, especially when these plants cause a threat to other naturally occurring plants in that area. In addition to disrupting the growth of indigenous plants, invasive plants may also make a significant impact on allergy sufferers.

When that happens, people have to take action against the plants and against their allergies. For instance, in the state of Georgia there are several types of invasive plants that wreak havoc on allergy sufferers. Here are some ideas on how to combat this problem.

Plants, Grasses and Weeds – Achoo!

People who live in southeastern states like Alabama and Georgia often say they never had allergies until they moved there. After a period of time living with such allergens that come from plant pollen, it is possible to develop allergic reactions to them.

Sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and nasal congestion are some of the milder symptoms that plague suffers. Plants, grasses and weeds like ragweed, alligator weed, Japanese honeysuckle, and some blue grasses are common culprits. Some individuals my also suffer from headaches, hives, skin irritations or shortness of breath, as well.

Manage the Symptoms

There are several remedies that you can use to manage your allergy symptoms, including over the counter allergy medications, or if your symptoms are very severe, you can even get a prescription for a seasonal medicine. Of course, limiting your contact with the offending pollen, grass or weed will help control your symptoms, as well.

Homeopathic Remedies

When you’re not so keen on the idea of taking over the counter or prescription medications, you can also try a more natural approach. In some cases, people choose to avoid allergy medicines because of the negative side effects, like drowsiness, that can prevent you from being able to have a productive day.

Experts note that taking a good supplement may help prevent or minimize your allergy symptoms. Quercertin is one type of natural antioxidant that is found in citrus fruits, vegetables, and even wine that is helpful in combating histamines, which cause your symptoms. But, you will most likely need to take a supplement of 1,000 milligrams per day to build up enough in your system to help with all that sneezing and sniffling.

Manage the Plants

Another way to manage your allergies is to manage the plants that aggravate your allergies. You may want to consider having a yard analysis to determine if there is excessive invasive plant growth on your property.

For instance, Georgia has a number of invasive plants that negative effects countless residents. Professional landscaping companies, like Arbor-Nomics, are well versed in invasive plant growth across the state and region and can aid homeowners get a handle on their yard invasion. In other words, a professional who knows the area and can suggest to you what plants you need to keep, and which ones you may want to have removed from your yard before they cause further damage.

Beyond contributing to your allergies, if you allow invasive plants to go untreated, they will also wreak havoc on your lawn. Plants, like the vine kudzu, take over healthier trees and grasses so that they are no longer able to grow. If left untreated for too long, you could have a yard full of kudzu, carpet grass and other weeds that are certainly not attractive or conducive to your allergy issues.

If you are an allergy sufferer, chances are that wherever you live you will feel the effects of some kind of irritating pollen or invasive plant. You can make adjustments to your lifestyle that include avoiding the use of window fans that pull pollen indoors; keep your car windows closed when driving during peak allergy season and limit your time outside when the offending plant is in full bloom.

Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and Georgia native. After living in the Peach State her entire life, she only started suffering from allergies a few years ago. Landscape professionals, like Arbor-Nomics, have been very instrumental in bringing relief to allergy suffers', one yard at a time.