Natural Allergy Treatments to Try at Home
Sneezing, coughing, and wheezing, or runny noses and swollen, itchy eyes are just part of the delightful symptoms of an allergy attack. Sometimes we expect it due to the time of year, but other times it comes on when we least expect it.
Dust Mites, and Mold Spores, and Pollen, Oh My!
The allergens that can give you an allergy attack are everywhere. They can be right in your house, outside your door, and on your pet. They attack you in your car, on your way to work, or when you have lunch. Unless you want to live in a bubble, you are stuck with them, so you might as well figure out how to beat them, or at least tamp them down.
Avoid Your Known Allergens
Experts say this is the tried and true option to limit allergy attacks. So if you’re allergic to your pet or something blowing in the air today, what are you supposed to do? You could stay home, lock your pet outside, and try to survive, but if that doesn’t seem feasible, let’s look at some other more practical ways to treat allergies at home.
Try Cleaning Your Nose
Yes, you read that correctly. Cleansing the inside of our nose and mucus membranes where the pollen hides can actually help. Use a neti pot or a sinus irrigator to flush this area out with saline.
Detox Your Body
Get rid of all the toxins in your body like sugar, alcohol, fried foods, and processed foods that allow allergens to attack. Replace them with turmeric, citrus, nuts, and artichoke to give your body a much needed immune boost.
Purchase a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA)
These filters trap airborne irritants like pollen and dust. This one change can go a long way to reducing allergens in your home.
Use the Air Conditioner and Buy a Dehumidifier
This is another simple change that can limit the mildew and mold that can grow in your home, especially if you live in a moist climate.
Found naturally in apples and onions, this antioxidant has antihistamine properties. You can get it as a supplement or better yet, just eat more apples and onions.
Bromelain is found naturally in pineapples, or can be taken as a supplement if desired. Bromelain helps to treat respiratory inflammation associated with allergies.
Other natural treatments to try include the following:
- Locally produced honey
- Peppermint essential oil
- Vitamin C
- Eucalyptus and Frankincense essential oils
It is always prudent to speak with Georgetown ENT before trying certain essential oils or other natural allergy treatments at home, as many could have negative affects that will only worsen your symptoms. Call (512) 869-0604 today to schedule a consultation!