According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), over 50 million Americans experience some kind of allergy every year.
The symptoms of these seasonal allergies commonly include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, a runny nose and an itchy throat. Even mild cases can cause a lot of discomfort and pain.
Unfortunately, with the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that patients should visit hospitals only for emergencies. If you think that your allergy symptoms can be controlled, it’s best to stay safe at home and make use of these simple home remedies.
Saline nasal irrigation
Multiple studies have revealed that saline nasal irrigation has beneficial effects for both adults and children who suffer from allergic rhinitis—more commonly known as hay fever.
Nasal irrigation involves administering a saline solution in one nostril and then letting it out using the other nostril. The process can be a bit uncomfortable, especially for children, but it’s effective when it comes to washing out mucus and allergens. Repeat this process three times a week for long-lasting results.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus oil is used for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties all over the world. Since scientific data regarding its antibacterial action is lacking, however, it’s recommended for topical use as an antiseptic.
You can add it to each laundry load during allergy season to prevent bacteria from forming on your clothes.
Experts of natural medicine recommend taking 2000mg of vitamin C every day to lower histamine levels. That’s because it’s a natural antihistamine and also boosts your immune system. Eat plenty of vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, tropical fruits, broccoli and berries.
Air conditioners and dehumidifiers
Air conditioners and dehumidifiers work by removing moisture from the air. This reduces the chances of mold and mildew growth in your house. It’s important to note that regular filter cleaning is required to ensure they work as intended. Otherwise, you might end up with more dust particles in the air than before.
Bromelain is an enzyme mixture that’s found in papaya and pineapple. It is used as a dietary supplement for relieving sinus issues and reducing inflammation. A pilot study revealed that bromelain was effective at alleviating symptoms of chronic sinusitis. During the three-month period, participants were given bromelain tablets which were effective at alleviating symptoms like swelling and congestion.
If you’re looking for an all-natural plant-based medication for your allergies, Steuben Park Research offers natural allergy relief supplements for people looking to avoid the allopathic medication.