Life can be challenging for those with allergies. Allergies can come in many forms and be caused by dust, pollen, or dander to name a few. People with allergies often must find ways to live with symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, hives, itching, and more. Fortunately, many home remedy steps can be done to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.
Improve your Allergies by Keeping Allergens Outside
Allergies are often caused by dust and dirt from the outside. Reduce your symptoms by keeping the triggers outside your home. When you get home, take off your shoes and leave them near the door. This will prevent allergens on your shoes from being carried throughout your home. Other steps are changing clothes or taking a shower when you arrive home. Wash the allergens off your person.
Screen Out Your Symptoms
When you plan to go outdoors, especially in areas with heavy concentrations of allergy triggers such as dust or pollen, wear a mask. Wearing a surgical mask can block out almost 95% of particles. This is an especially good option when you are cleaning the house or doing yard work. Those activities can stir up much particulate matter.
Eat away at your Allergies
Some studies have shown that diet can play a role in susceptibility to allergies. Be sure to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet at each meal. Items to especially consider are tomatoes, grapes, apples, and oranges. Beyond helping with allergies, this will improve your overall health.
A Nasal Rinse Washes away Problems
Clean out your nose with a rinse. Take one-half teaspoon non-iodized salt and a dash a baking soda. Mix thoroughly in sterilized water. Use a nasal bulb or syringe and gently flush the fluid through your nose. Be sure to be well-positioned over a sink or basin to catch the water. Thoroughly clean the syringe or nasal bulb with rubbing alcohol after use. Also, let device thoroughly air dry before your next use.
Drinks can Douse Symptoms
If allergies bring you lots of extra mucus, such as a runny nose or postnasal drip, be sure to drink extra fluids. Stay well hydrated with pure water. Drink an extra two to three cups daily. Vary your beverage choice with hot teas or soups. Hot drinks can have the additional benefit of mild steam and vapors on your nose and throat.
Clean House Clears Symptoms
Make your house into a sanctuary against allergens. Clean regularly to remove dust, dust mites, and pet dander. If you vacuum, use a HEPA filter on the apparatus to remove the maximum airborne particles. Wash your bedding and your pet’s bedding regularly to cut down on dust. Use natural cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar to avoid aggravating your symptoms with chemical fumes. Consider wearing a mask while cleaning, or if you are strongly affected, have someone clean for you.
Use Steam to Tame your Allergies
The vapor from steam can be soothing and help with problems of the nose or throat. Fill a large bowl will very hot water. Drape a bath towel over your head and lean over the bowl. Let the steam rise to give your head a steam bath. Add a few drops of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil, if desired. Repeat several times a day for maximum effect.
Particulate matter from smoke such as cigarette smoke, fireplaces, barbecues, and aerosol sprays can trigger or worsen allergic reactions. Stay away from these sources. Your lungs and nose will thank you with easier breathing.
Honey can Sweeten Symptoms
Many people find relief from eating raw honey. Honey is known to have many health benefits. Consider eating one teaspoon of honey three times daily. If your allergies are seasonal, begin taking honey several weeks before the onset of the season.
- Allergies come from many sources and cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itching.
- Change clothes and bathe when arriving home to keep allergens outside the home.
- Wear a mask when cleaning to reduce your exposure to allergen particles.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables at each meal.
- Flush your nose with a nasal bulb or syringe.
- Drink extra fluids to help with a runny nose.
- Clean regularly to remove dust from your home.
- Use a mini-steam bath to clear breathing and nasal passages.
- Avoid smoke and fumes which can trigger allergic reactions.
- Eat some honey daily.
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