Sometimes OTC and prescription medications fail to adequately relieve allergy symptoms. When that happens, there are more holistic and natural remedies that can be used. Here are a few.
Life Style and Home Changes: Doesn’t get more Natural than that!
There are a number of things that you can do to help decrease your sensitivity or exposure to allergens. These include:
1. Keep your windows closed in your car and at home, especially in the morning. The morning is often the worst time for high pollen counts, which can decrease latter in the day.
2. If you jog or exercise out doors, try to do it later in the day because of the lower pollen counts.
3. Use a good quality air purifier in your home to help clean the allergens out of the air. I am pretty savvy consumer so I usually do a fair amount of research before purchasing any item. My favorite source is Consumer Reports, but without a subscription you will not be able to check their reviews on line. Here is a free consumer research site I often use, Consumersearch. The other trick I use is to pick what I think is the best product and then go to Amazon.com and read the reviews there. That can be very revealing and helpful sometimes.
4. Try to get plenty of rest. When you are stressed out and tired, it puts an added strain on your immune system. Some specialists believe that you are more prone to having symptoms when your adrenals are fatigued and your cortisol levels are down. So get some rest and let your adrenals recover!
5. Eliminate dairy and wheat from your diet, at least during the allergy season. You may be very pleasantly surprised how much your allergies improve, not to mention your overall health. If you like the way you feel off of dairy and/or wheat, see what happens if you add one or the other back into your diet. You may notice symptoms other than your seasonal allergies returning, such as brain fog, or joint aches and pains. See Gluten Allergy 101.
For thousands of years, practitioners of Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, have used the neti pot to irrigate their sinuses and wash the inner lining of their nostrils. This practice has many benefits, not the least of which is to wash away pollen and other allergens which you have inhaled. Using the neti pot once a day is great, but more often is even better. When you are taking your bath or shower is a good time.
You can begin by purchasing a neti pot, or saline spray or irrigation wash that you get from a pharmacy. If you are using a neti pot, it may come with the ingredients for making an irrigation solution, or you can make your own.
Quercetin, is a natural bioflavonoid compound typically found in foods such as apple skins and red onion, and is also sold as an OTC (over the counter) supplement. I suggest that you start with 500 milligrams of quercetin twice a day. It works best if you start using it before your allergy symptoms actually begin and then continue using it throughout the season.
Another natural treatment to try is stinging nettle. It has been used for generations as an herbal treatment for hay fever. Try taking a 300-milligram capsule of a freeze-dried extract three to seven times a day.
If All Else Fails
Make an appointment for me to desensitize you to the local pollens. It may not completely eliminate your allergies but it may help significantly with your symptoms. See Allergy and Collecting Your Samples.
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