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Discover a variety of natural allergy treatments here. This allergy information has been collected from alternative medicine experts to help you get allergy relief. Find the allergy remedy you need to live a healthier life.

Natural anti-inflammatories

If your allergies produce a stuffy nose or a runny nose or both, alternately, you may want to try the following natural anti-inflammatories that could help decrease symptoms: quercetin, bromelain, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), boswellia, butterbur, and stinging nettle. Fortunately, you don't have to be your own natural pharmacist. Combinations of these ingredients are found in products called Breathe Clear Daily, Sinupret, and Ortho Molecular's Natural D-Hist. Find them in health food stores or on the Internet. Source: Health & Healing newsletter, 5/14, by Julian Whitaker, M.D.

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Sinus congestion

Do you have sinus congestion? Research has revealed that fungus is the primary cause of sinus congestion, so antibiotics and allergy medications may not be the best approach. Instead, clean the sinuses by irrigating them with a product called Sinus Cleanser, for allergy treatment, which contains Baptisia tinctoria, a homeopathic antifungal, along with colloidal silver, grapefruit seed extract, and oregano.

Spicy Foods

A good, natural allergy treatment is waiting in your pantry: Spicy foods can help open up nasal passages for allergy relief when you're really clogged up. Hot peppers, horseradish, wasabi, etc., can help you breathe easier. Eat them at home, or even in restaurants!

Source: Carolyn O'Neil, RD, Atlanta, GA as seen in Reader's Digest, March 2007

Lighten up!

Allergy treatments can be fun! Light, happy laughter does good things for your immune system, and it eases stress, which can be a factor in allergies, so make a regular appointment with yourself to find ways to laugh, as much as you can--"three to four times a week for 20 to 40 minutes, minimum," says Lee Berk, DRPH, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Education, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA (as seen in Reader's Digest, March 2007).

Hey, Dr. Berk. Just what can be so funny for so long, huh? Where do you get your material to make your patients laugh that much?

Strengthen your immune system

Experts say your immune system affects your allergies, so do what you can to strengthen your immune system and keep it healthy. Increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and foods containing Omega-3 oils (salmon, mackerel, flaxseeds, walnuts) constitute natural allergy treatments. Additional allergy remedies: Butterbur, an herb and quercetin, a bioflavonoid (both already mentioned above), can have antihistamine-like effects. And, of course, minimize your time outdoors when pollen levels are high.

Source: Steven C. Halbert, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, as seen in Reader's Digest, March 2007

More allergy treatments

The following actions can be good, natural alternative allergy treatments that help you avoid other, more expensive or drastic actions.

  • Shower at night to get rid of the pollen you've accumulated on yourself and your clothes during the day before you climb between the sheets. That way, you sleep in an environment that is lower in pollen.

  • During pollen season, close the windows, and turn the air conditioner on to the "recirculate" setting. Clean any air filters frequently. Avoid turning on fans that bring in outside air.

  • Get tested so you know what you are allergic to and avoid those things (duh!).

  • If you get a tingling or itchy mouth or throat after eating fruits such as apples or pears, that allergy reaction could be caused by a "seasonal tree pollen allergies due to a cross-reaction between the proteins in these fruits and the pollens."

  • Mold can trigger allergies through the spores it flings into the air. If you see mold, the black stuff in your tile grout, for example, clean it with a cleaner that kills mold. Test first to make sure you are not allergic to the cleaner, and wear rubber gloves anyway. Check your basement for mold. Keep the humidity low, below 50%. Mold loves high humidity. Central air conditioning lowers humidity effectively, but if you don't have it, use a dehumidifier.
  • Keep pets off the bed, furniture and other areas you frequent. If they go outside, they may transport pollen indoors. Understand that part of your problem may be your pet. The protein in pet dander can irritate your eyes, nose and respiratory tract. These tiny flakes of pet skin float in the air, and vacuuming with an ordinary vacuum only makes it worse by stirring them up, as they can take several hours to settle to the floor. When I got a cat, I got a problem. I had been wearing contact lenses and lots of eye makeup, sometimes overnight, with no problem. As soon as I got the cat, my eyes became irritated. I can no longer wear eye makeup or contact lenses, and I've had that problem every since I got the cat 18 years ago.

  • It's a similar thing with dust mites, which can be all over your home, but especially in your bed, pillows, favorite chair, and carpets, because they live on the skin cells we shed daily. It's their waste (20 tiny pellets a day per mite) that causes the allergic reaction. Mites love humid conditions, especially carpet over concrete.To deal with pet dander and dust mite poop, make your bedroom easy to clean. Vacuum often with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter system. Avoid water vacuums, which can make things worse. Encase your mattress, box springs and pillows in airtight, zippered plastic covers. Wash all bedding (including pillows and comforters) regularly in hot water, minimum 130 degrees F, to kill mites. Replace pillows every few years. Remove your carpet, if possible, and replace with hard flooring. These actions constitute natural allergy treatments that can help you avoid more drastic measures.

Sources: USA Today, 3/21/2007. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Edmond E. Madan, certified forensic, fire, flood, mold inspection and remediation contractor, in his article in the Bonner County Daily Bee, Sandpoint Idaho, 3/21/07.

This allergy treatment information comes from the experts sourced. As always, check with your doctor before making any changes to your health care, including allergy treatments.


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