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Allergy Remedies: Treat Allergies Without Medication

Updated on November 11, 2011

Some people have seasonal allergies. Others have them all year round. Either way, if you suffer from allergies, then you know what a nuiscance it is. You feel sick and itchy. You sneeze all the time and your nose is constantly stuffy or runny. Medication works but side effects, like drowsiness, are sometimes just not worth it.

There are some things you can do to help alleviate your allergies without over the counter medicine.

Make a Doctor's Appointment

Find out what you are allergic to. Sometimes we think we are allergic to something but we are really allergic to something else. For example, many people have cat allergies. You may assume that you are allergic to cats because it is so common when in reality, you may actually be allergic to a certain ingredient in a cat shampoo or cat liter.

Sometimes it's hard to tell if you are dealing with allergies or a cold. Both colds and allergies have similar symptoms. Symptoms of allergies include itchy eyes, nose and throat. Mucus will be clear. If you have muscle aches, fever and yellow mucus, you may just have a cold. Again, a doctor will help you determine if you have a cold or allergies.

The Air You Breathe

Invest in an air purifier and keep it in your bedroom and / or living room. There are filterless ones that are a bit more expensive but easier to care for. It's a great investment and will minimize the allergens in the air you breathe.

Allergens in Your Carpet

Pet dander, dust mites and all other types of allergens get stuck in carpet. Hardwood floors and tiles are ideal for allergy sufferers. If you live in an apartment or can't afford to change your floors, there are still things you can do to lessen your allergies. Buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Make sure to vacuum often.

Steam

Steam will open up your sinuses and make it easier to breathe. Sit in the bathroom with the door shut and the hot shower running. You can also boil some water in a pot and breathe in the steam. A good tip is to put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the steam. Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant. This will open up your sinuses and make you feel better even faster.

I've always been a fan of vaporizers but recently learned that vaporizers can collect mold after time and it is difficult to remove. Hot showers, saunas and boiling hot water are better methods. Especially if you have mold allergies (like me).

Vitamins and Herbs

Vitamin C can fight off allergies and has been proven to regulate histamine levels. Try adding more food with vitamin C in your diet or add a vitamin C supplement.

Herbs that also fight allergies are licorice root, echinacea and peppermint. You can find teas that contain any one of these herbs in your local grocery store or health food store. Opt for organic.

Foods That Fight Allergy Symptoms

Soup works well with opening up sinuses. Spicy soup is even better. If you are really stuffed up, try eating a little wasabi or horseradish.

If you are a coffee drinker, you may notice that your allergies clear up a bit after your morning cup. It isn't your imagination. Coffee has been proven to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Add honey to your diet. Honey works because it contains pollen and eating a little each day will boost your immunity to outdoor allergies. Native Americans and American pioneers used honey to cure allergies.

A neti pot can work miracles for allergies.
A neti pot can work miracles for allergies.

Nasal Sprays

Don't use nasal sprays. Nasal sprays will work temporarily but they actually worsen congestion after it wears off. People can develop chronic congestion and become addicted to nasal sprays.

Use a saline nasal spray instead. Saline sprays contain no medicine or chemicals and you can use it as often as you like. You may also want to try a neti pot once or twice a day.

How To Use a Neti Pot

These are my cats.  Don't do what I did.  Keep closets and dresser drawers shut so dander doesn't get on your clothes or towels.
These are my cats. Don't do what I did. Keep closets and dresser drawers shut so dander doesn't get on your clothes or towels.

Living with Pets

If you just found out you are allergic to your pet, don't automatically assume you will need to get rid of your beloved furry friend. Pet wipes are wonderful and can be found at your local pet store. Wipe your pet down daily. Keep your pet off you bed. If this is difficult, make sure your pet stays on the comforter only and not on the pillows or sheets.

Wash your hands after petting or holding your animal. Never touch your eyes after touching your pet.

Most people get used to their pets and their allergies will lessen when around them.

More Tips

  • If you have seasonal allergies keep your windows closed during Spring and Autumn seasons.
  • Vacuum often and change bed sheets weekly.
  • When dusting, use a damp rag instead of a dry one. Dusting with a dry rag or paper towel will scatter dust in the air and will worsen allergy symptoms.
  • For mold allergies, invest in a de-humidifier. A de-humidifier will keep the air dry and prevent mold. It will also reduce dust mites.
  • Wash hands often and carry hand sanitizer with you.

What do you use to alleviate allergy symptoms?

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*If allergies are severe and you are not responding to any type of home treatment, see an allergist. There are many options, including shots, that may help relieve your symptoms.

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      Elise 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much! I really hope this will help me with my allergies!

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      amymarie_5 

      6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I know, my allergies are also severe. I hope some of my advice helps you.

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      successfulblogger 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

      My allergies have been killing me lately.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      Good hub! As an allergy sufferer, I know how annoying it is in the season. The bit that is worse than the cold symptoms is how tired you feel. You feel completely wiped out as your body 'fights' the allergy. Any small adjustments to life that can help are a great idea.

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      Karen N 

      6 years ago from United States

      Pet wipes or even a weekly bath can go long ways towards helping you tolerate your pet.

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      amymarie_5 

      6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Hi Juliafrances,

      Honey is my secret weapon for allergies and colds. I put honey on my fiber one cereal in the morning. It really helps me this time of year. Thanks for commenting!

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      juliafranceschini 

      6 years ago

      Useful hub. I'm glad you put the honey remedy on here. It's so good to ease sore throats. And like you say, if you have outdoor allergies, eating honey from that area will help.

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