According to WebMD one in five people suffer with allergy or asthma symptoms. Approximately 55% of the U.S. population tests positive to one or more allergens. Children with one parent that suffers from allergies have a 33% chance of developing allergies. That number jumps to 70% if the child has two parents with allergies. In addition to prescription medicines, there are some inexpensive, natural remedies for allergy symptoms. (Asthma suffers should consult with their doctor(s) prior to trying any symptom relief suggestions.)
A saline solution is a sterile solution of sodium chloride (NaCl). The more common name is salt water. Saline solutions can be purchased over-the-counter. WebMD reports that most over-the-counter saline nasal sprays are isotonic, which means the solution is the same saline concentration as in your body. Hypertonic saline sprays have a higher concentration of salt than that of body tissue. Either type of solution may help relieve upper respiratory allergy symptoms by removing irritants from the nose. They may even wash away some of the inflammatory cells.
Allergy suffers can make their own saline solution. A teaspoon of salt mixed with a pint of warm, distilled water results in a homemade saline solution. A pinch of baking soda can be added to the mixture as well. Sniffing a bit of the saline solution may help relieve nasal congestion. It can also be gargled to help reduce throat congestion.
Breathing in steam (at a reasonable temperature and from a safe distance) can soothe an irritated nose. Inhaling steam deeply for 5 to 10 minutes may help to open up congested sinuses. Pouring hot, steamy water into a container and draping a towel over one's head is one of the easiest ways to create an at-home steam treatment. When the hot water cools to a safe temperature, a face cloth can be saturated with the water then rung out slightly to create a warm compress for the sinus area (underneath the eyes and across the bridge of the nose).
Showering and Changing Clothes
Pollen floats in the air. It often gets deposited in hair and on clothing when one spends time outside. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends stripping off shoes and clothes and showering immediately after weeding, pruning, or planting. A shower can rinse away allergens that have been deposited on the skin and hair. This prevents the spread of allergens to other surfaces inside the home. The steam from a hot shower is an added benefit for allergy suffers.
Hot tea can provide symptom relief by helping to decongest stuffy throats and noses. Peppermint tea contains an essential oil. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties exist in peppermint tea. Inhaling the steam from the tea offers additional symptom relief. The menthol can act as a decongestant and as an expectorant. This breaks up mucus and helps allergy suffers to clear it out of their noses and throats. (Use caution when giving peppermint to children.)
Adding apple cider vinegar and spicy foods to a diet might also relieve some allergy symptoms. Apple cider vinegar is often mixed with organic honey to treat cold and allergy symptoms. Some of the herbs and spices believed to help open up the sinuses include cayenne pepper, curry powder, chili seasoning, wasabi, and garlic.
Similasan Eye Drops
Some allergy sufferers have to deal with burning, itchy, watery eyes. Similasan Allergy Eye Relief is made from 100% natural ingredients. The drops work in part by stimulating the body's natural ability to relieve symptoms. There are no dyes or potentially irritating ingredients. There is no rebound effect when using Similasan eye drops. The drops also come in a kid's formula. Similasan Allergy Eye Relief is also available in single use droppers.
The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.