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Allergy home remedies

Allergy home remediesAs allergies cannot really be cured, staying away from allergenic substances or those that can trigger an allergic response in you should be your prime concern. However, if in case it cannot be avoided that you expose yourself to these allergenic objects, then managing the symptoms will be of paramount importance, especially in the prevention of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions that might occur in very severe allergies.

Allergy Management

Allergy management is directed towards the relief of symptoms and not necessarily the elimination of the exact cause of the allergy. It may be impossible to believe that the culprit in allergic reactions is not the foreign substance itself but rather your very own immune system. It just so happens that your immune system is so hyperactive that even harmless objects are recognized as threats. This provides the impetus for mounting an inflammatory response in an attempt to get rid of the threat.

Natural remedy for allergies

natural allergy remediesUnfortunately, many of these anti-allergy drugs come with serious side effects, chief among them drowsiness. As such, home remedies for allergies are increasingly being considered by many as the first choice in managing mild to moderate allergic reactions.

  • Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce the production and secretion of mucus that are often seen in allergic rhinitis. Apple cider vinegar is also known to cleanse the body by clearing the lymphatic ducts of toxins and other waste matter from the body’s many processes.
  • Saline rinse has been used to unclog nasal cavities. However, it does take guts to spray the saline solution up your nose just to flush the allergens out of your sinuses.
  • Citrus fruits and broccoli are naturally-rich in quercetin which has been shown to be effective in stabilizing mast cells. Mast cell stabilization results in the inhibition of histamine production in order to prevent the inflammatory response from ever occurring.
  • Honey is used by many households not necessarily as an anti-allergy food but rather as a desensitization food to make your body more in tune with the allergens where the honey is grown.
  • The butterbur root has been known as the plant world’s answer to leukotriene inhibitors. It is especially effective in the relief of nasal congestion and runny nose.
  • Bromelain has been shown to be effective in reducing nasal congestion. This gives you the chance to breathe a lot better but without getting drowsy as what you would expect if you were to take a nasal decongestant.
  • Eucalyptus oil, when mixed in hot steaming water and inhaled, can soothe the nasal passages as well as the large airways in order to make you breathe a lot more efficient.
  • Inhaling the steam coming from peppermint tea can also work to relieve nasal congestion as well as facilitate the removal of excess secretions from your airways.
  • In some parts of the world, spicy foods such as wasabi, chili peppers, and garlic are often used as nasal decongestants. Although the reported effectiveness is anecdotal at best, it nonetheless provides temporary relief from runny nose, red and itchy eyes, and sore throat.
  • Be mindful of your indoor air quality and removing particulate and allergens from you environment. The fastest and most affordable way of doing this is by using a whole house air purifier. You can easily find on by doing a quick Google search for the term best allergy air purifiers or allergy air purifiers.

 

Different cultures have their own unique healthcare belief systems that define how allergies can be best managed. While not all of these are not yet proven by science its anecdotal proof of effectiveness can provide some form of assurance for some allergy sufferers who simply want an alternative to allergy medications.