Allergies are caused when your body mistakes a normally harmless substance like bee venom, flower pollen or for a dangerous substance and produces antibodies that cause common allergy symptoms like congestion, red or itchy skin, runny nose, coughing, hives, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis, wheezing and shortness of breath, according to the Mayo Clinic. While there are over-the-counter and prescription medications for allergies like corticosteroids, antihistamines and leukotriene modifiers, there are also natural ways to treat allergies.
Humidity and Temperature
Maintaining an ideal humidity level in your house or bedroom can help people suffering from asthma, allergies, mold, mites and dust, according to MedicineNet. Keeping your home between 40 and 50 percent humidity is ideal for allergy sufferers, and a humidifier may help you do that. Maintaining a temperature of between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit can also help. If you are considering using a humidifier, talk with your doctor first. While humidifiers can be beneficial for treating allergies, they may cause an adverse reaction in some sufferers, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Nasal lavage is basically the medical term for clearing the sinus passages using water. Special devices like a neti pot or a bulb-like syringe designed to flush thick mucus from your nose, according to the Mayo Clinic. Neti pots and bulb syringe devices are safe to use as long as the manufacturer’s instructions are followed and you use distilled water or water that has been boiled and cooled to room temperature. You can get a neti pot or bulb syringe made to clear your sinuses from most drugstores, medical supply stores or through various online retailers, if you can’t find one in your area.
Get a Massage
It might come as a surprise to some, but getting a massage can actually help reduce allergy symptoms if they aren’t too severe. Massage works to relieve allergies because it lowers your blood pressure and heart rate while improving your circulation, which lowers your body’s overall stress level, keeping allergies under control, according to Rodale News. However, if you have serious symptoms and not just an occasional runny nose, massage may not be enough.
Avoiding the things that you are allergic to is commonly the most important step in preventing an allergic reaction, according to the Mayo Clinic, and avoiding allergens usually helps to reduce or ease symptoms. Talk with your doctor about ways to identify allergies if you feel you have the symptoms of an allergic reaction but aren’t sure what you’re allergic to. Allergy tests may be needed.
Tips & Warnings
- Did you know that most ornamental flowers don't release pollen? They rely on bees to distribute the pollen. Don't fear flowers. The most likely sources of allergy producing pollen are trees, grass and ragweed.
- Raw honey may be unsafe for young children.
- Mayo Clinic: Allergies: Definition
- Mayo Clinic: Allergies: Symptoms
- Mayo Clinic: Allergies: Causes
- MedicineNet.com: Allergy Treatment Begins at Home
- Mayo Clinic: Common Cold: Humidifiers: Air Moisture Eases Skin, Breating Symptoms
- Mayo Clinic: Allergies: Lifestyle and Home Remedies
- Rodale News: 5 Allergy Fighters You Might Not Have Thought Of
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