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Allergy Remedies: Treat Allergies Without Medication
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 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.
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
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.
- 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?
*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.