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Natural Allergy Home Remedies To Reduce Your Symptoms
June 11, 2011

             Allergies can occur all year round at the drop of a dime with no warning. Most people know they have allergies because they occur early on in life and there is no cure for allergies. An allergic reaction is an abnormal immune system response to specific stimuli such as dust, smoke, pollen, chemicals, pet dander, oils, cosmetics or food. When your immune system recognizes the presence of an allergen it responds by producing antibodies to protect the body. A chain reaction is then produced causing histamines to be released into the body. Histamines cause a variety of observable symptoms in the body such as coughing, burning, itchy or watery eyes, headache, hives, runny nose, skin rashes, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Unfortunately, it is not understood why some people have allergies and some don’t.
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Treatment for allergies include home remedies, over the counter medication, prescription medication and environmental modifications. Because allergies are recurrent in natural allergy treatment is based on building up a tolerance to allergens over the long run. Natural allergy treatments are preferred for the reduction of allergy symptoms, because long-term use of medications can have side effects that cause severe health problems. For severe allergy symptoms that are not remedied by environmental changes, home treatments or medications consult an allergist to determine your next course of action.

Home remedies for allergies range from vitamin supplements, essential oils, food products, and baking goods. However, the good thing about natural treatments is there are no side effects that can harm your health. Plus many of allergy home remedies are relatively inexpensive and most can already be found in your kitchen. Natural product scan be used daily, even more than once a day because they won’t harm or hurt you and they will alleviate your acute symptoms fast. Vitamins B5 and E have anti-allergic properties that can reduce allergy symptoms over a longer period of time. Take 100 mg of vitamin B5 daily for 1 month and 400mg of vitamin E daily for 4-6 weeks. These vitamins can also be consumed through fruits and vegetables. Drinking 500 ml of carrot juice or carrot (300ml), beet (100ml) and cucumber (100ml) juice daily can also help to reduce your allergic reactions. To amp up its potential add 5 drops of castor oil to 1/2 glass of vegetable or fruit juice. Castor oil has antioxidant effects on the digestive tract, skin, and nasal passages to reduce allergy symptoms.

If vegetable juice is not your thing, then combining 1/2 a lime in warm water with honey may be easier for you to consume. This drink will flush out toxins from your system. Another supplement for allergies is quercetin, a compound found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, a natural antioxidant that stabilizes mast cells to stop the release of histamines. Quercetin is essential for the stability and strength of capillaries and regulates permeability. It’s recommended to take 1000mg a day.

If you have trouble taking pills, remembering to take your vitamins or simple prefer home remedies from your kitchen, start by opening your fridge. Milk can be used to relieve inflamed red skin and hives. Soak a cloth in cold milk and lay it on your skin for 10-15 minutes. You can also choose to use basil tea because, basil contains caffeic acid and anti-allergic compound to reduce hives. Drinking tea can also soothe clogged noses and inflamed mucous membranes. Peppermint tea especially acts as a decongestant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. The steam from your cup of tea can sooth your sinuses by breathing it in for 5-10 minutes. In some cases, people prefer ice to heat. You can wrap a washcloth around some ice cubes and apply to your sinuses for instant relief. Next move to your kitchen cabinets for a commonly used baking good product, baking soda. Draw a warm bath and simply add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Soak 20-30 minutes in the bath to sooth painful, inflamed skin and hives. For a more unusual kitchen ingredient, choose wasabi. It contains allylisothiocyanate a compound that promotes mucus flow in the sinuses and tear ducts. This helps to flush out toxins and inflammatory cells. It’s especially helpful in reducing symptoms of hay fever. The most common home remedy to reduce allergy symptoms is salt. Salt is used for nasal irrigation. Combine 1 tablespoon of salt in 8 oz warm water. Rinse your nostrils and nasal cavity with your salt solution. A netipot is very helpful to be able to pour your solution into each nostril. Saline solution is also an inexpensive version of your salt mixture that is readily available in stores. Both mixes flush out the nasal cavity, removing irritants and inflammatory cells. Saline/salt solutions can be used 10-2 times a day.

            The environment plays a huge role in the causation of allergy symptoms. By simply modifying some of your environmental factors you can greatly reduce your exposure to allergies. Eliminating or minimizing your exposure to certain allergens is the easiest way to reduce allergic reactions. For example if smoke causes red, itchy watery eyes avoid people who smoke or areas where people tend to smoke. If you are exposed simple rinse your eyes with cool, clean water to minimize the effects. Always wash your bedding regularly to avoid transfer of allergens, which may awake you throughout the night. Use mattress covers and pillowcases that can be cleaned on regular basis. Wash your face, hands and hair before going to bed to remove allergens from your day. Keep your home clean and vacuum your carpets where dust, dirt and mites can hide. Bathe your pets frequently to remove pet dander. Keep your windows closed so you don’t let pollen in your home. A dehumidifier is a worthy purchase to keep air in your home dry and cool. Installing an air filter will also help to trap and catch allergens in the air. When you go outside wear sunglasses and a scarf to minimize the amount of allergens that touch your face.

            Allergy medications include over the counter anti histamines, decongestants, combination drugs, corticosteroids, mast cell stabilizers and allergy shots. Allergy medication comes in all forms pill, liquid, nasal sprays, eye drops and inhalers.  Popular brand name allergy medications include Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Sudafed, Visine, Flonase, Symbicort and more. For severe allergies, an allergist can prescribe prescription allergy medication.