It is Spring and pollen counts are high. If you or someone you love is suffering from allergies, here are some simple home remedies that may alleviate symptoms. Often times, medications for allergy sufferers can have effects that are worse than the allergies themselves. So begin relief efforts with more holistically focused strategies if the typical medications have you down.
Eliminate the Allergen
Try reducing exposure to the culprit allergen by employing strategies to eradicate its presence in your surroundings, especially your home. For example, frequent dusting and vacuuming can be very helpful when you are prone to allergy attacks as suggested by the article How to Remove Allergens by J. Johnson at eHow. Keep your windows closed and limit the amount of time you spend outside when the presence of your particular allergen is reported as high. Also, changing the air filters in your home in the Spring may as well aid in providing relief. If your allergies are particularly debilitating, consider investing in a high quality electric air filter for your bedroom as recommended by sources like WebMD in HEPA Filters for Allergies. It certainly will be worth the investment considering Spring comes every year.
Drinking lots of water has long been thought to be helpful for people suffering from allergies. When there is not a sufficient amount of water in your body, histamine production may be increased, contributing to allergies, as detailed in Can Dehydration Affect my Allergies? at eHow. Drinking water will as well, help to keep things moving in your system, allowing your body to clear out residual triggers fast.
Drink Green Tea
Many believe that green tea has far reaching healing properties that actually extend to include allergy relief. This is due to rich antioxidants that strengthen the body’s ability to rid itself of toxins.
By irrigating your nasal cavity with either warm water from a neti pot or saline nasal drops, you can help to alleviate symptoms of allergies. This works by flushing out irritants and moistening mucous membranes, aiding in their optimal functionality. To read more about the benefits of nasal flushing, see 8 Steps to Get Relief from Allergies at Let’s Go Healthy website.
Experiment with Different Over the Counter Medications as a Last Resort
If none of these strategies seem to work for you, perhaps it is time to try a medication. Just because one medication may not work well for you, or because it delivers an undesirable side effect, does not mean that all will have the same result. Different allergy medications work in different ways. So if you do seem to have an adversity to Benadryl, try Claritin. If Claritin gives you stomach cramps or other undesirable side effects, try Zyrtec. You just may find one that works.
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