Health & Diet

Natural Ways To Fight Allergies

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Whether it’s the quiet fading of summer into fall, or the long-awaited change of winter into spring, for a lot of people the changing of the seasons means more than just planning a holiday – it signals the beginning of seasonal allergies.

Runny nose, watery, itchy, red eyes, wheezing and sneezing are just some of the symptoms which many people around the world face each year as the pollen from plants, flowers, grass and trees makes its way into the air.

Many people find solution in a drugstore with a lot of traditional medications which are available to help them. However, sometimes the best way to relief the allergy is paved by Mother Nature, with a number of all-natural treatments, which often don’t have any side effects.

Shut out breezes

You can ease nasal symptoms by keeping indoor air free of your allergy triggers. Air conditioning systems can remove up to 95% of particles from your indoor air. In addition, closing windows and doors when outdoor pollen amounts are high can also help keep allergens out of your home.

Wash away allergens

You bring a small pieces of the outside world with you every time you walk into your home. After you enter your home, your shoes, hair, skin, and clothes are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. In order to remove any allergens, you should take a shower and change your clothes. In addition, leave your shoes at the door and you won’t track allergens through your home.

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Use a nasal rinse

A nasal rinse can help relieve nasal allergy symptoms, since it cleans mucus from your nose. In addition, it can rinse away thin mucus, bacteria, and help decrease postnasal drip. Make a rinse kit using a nasal bulb or a neti pot or buy one. Combine a half of teaspoon of salt with a pinch of baking soda in eight ounces of warm sterilized or distilled water. Gently flush one nostril at a time after you lean over your sink.

Wear a mask

When you cannot avoid certain allergy triggers, such as when you’re raking, vacuuming or mowing, you can prevent allergens from getting into your airways with a mask. An N95 respirator mask will block 95% of small particles, such as pollen and other allergens. You can buy it at any medical supply store or drugstore.

Avoid cigarette smoke

Cigarette smoke can worsen your running, stuffy, itchy nose and watery eyes and also aggravate your other allergy symptoms. If you are a smoker, you should quit. Also, if somebody else smokes in your house, you should ask him or her to stop smoking, too. In addition, try to avoid places where people smoke and instead go for hotel rooms, nightclubs, and restaurants where smoking is not allowed.

Know your triggers

In order to avoid your triggers, you first have to know what they are. For example, you might think that your pet causes your allergy, and later find out that it was something else.

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