While life-threatening allergies are a matter of serious concern to talk to your doctor, there are many simple home remedies for common allergies that can relieve sneezing and colds. In this article, we will show you safe and effective home remedies to alleviate your allergy symptoms using proven methods and everyday materials.
If you have spent many hours outdoors during the pollen season, wash your hair to remove pollen after entering. Sticky yellow things tend to accumulate in your hair, which makes it more likely to fall on your eyes. If you wake up in the middle of the night with a cough or sneeze allergy attack, a hot shower can remove any pollen residue that has accumulated on your body during the day. (You may also want to change the cover of your pillow). It can also help open your sinuses, at least for a while, making breathing easier. Warm water can even help you relax and go back to sleep. If your eyes are itchy and irritated and you do not have access to allergy medication, rinsing your eyes with cold, clean water can also help soothe them. Although it is not as effective as an antihistamine, this remedy can not cause any harm.
Beware of the Air
Breathing contaminated air can make symptoms worse. In fact, toxins in the air can cause allergies in some people. If you suspect that air pollution triggers your attacks, spend as little time outdoors as possible on foggy days. When you need to leave, wear a surgical mask, especially while you exercise. Do not expect miracles (the mask will not eliminate all allergens) but it can help you breathe a little easier.
Tobacco smoke is a notorious irritant that causes or exacerbates respiratory allergies. Do not let your friends and family rush the air with cigarettes, cigars or pipes. And, of course, if it still turns on, stop it!
A cool breeze blowing through an open window on a spring day may sound appealing, but it is bad news for an allergic person, as it can fill the house with pollen. To minimize contact with dust, keep the windows closed at all times. Air purifiers, especially those with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, can help remove indoor pollen, but they also tend to remove dust, which could worsen some allergies.
On a windy day in the pollen season, a pair of sunglasses (or your regular prescription glasses, if you wear them) can also help protect your eyes from airborne allergens. For extra protection, try a pair of sunglasses with side shields or even a pair of goggles.
Drink Peppermint Tea
Allergy sufferers throughout the centuries have turned to hot tea to provide relief for clogged-up noses and irritated mucous membranes, and one of the best for symptom relief is peppermint tea. Peppermint’s benefits extend well beyond its delicious smell; the essential oil acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.
To make peppermint tea: Place 1/2 ounce dried peppermint leaves in a 1-quart jar. Fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water, and steep for five minutes. (You can inhale the steam for added benefit). Let cool, strain, sweeten if desired, and drink.
(Note: Peppermint tea should be used with caution in children, as the menthol in peppermint may cause them to choke.)
Steam Your Face
Breathing steam refreshes and soothes irritated breasts, and helps eliminate nasal passages of mucus. Although it takes some time, it will make you feel wonderful! Boil several cups of water and pour into a large bowl (or a covered sink). Lean carefully over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Breathe gently for 5 to 10 minutes.
When you finish breathing steam, use the water for a second purpose: let the water cool until it is warm, saturate a cloth and hold the cloth over the sinuses (on the sides of the nose, under the eyes and above) of the eyebrows))
Wash Your Pet
A little-known trick for owners of dogs or cats that are allergic to the skin: bathe your pet frequently. Fido and Fifi produce substances that cause allergy in their sweat and saliva that are put on their fur. Fortunately, these allergens dissolve in water, so a warm bath can rinse the problem. If you are the owner of a cat and you can not imagine bathing your beloved cat for fear of being scratched to death, rejoice: some cats (although a minority, no doubt) purr when they bathe. If you begin to bathe your cat regularly when it is a kitten, cleaning time is likely to be a harmonious experience. Wash your cat in warm water, without soap, once every two weeks.
Dust mites love a humid environment, which allows them to reproduce like crazy. Invest in a dehumidifier or use an air conditioner, which works just as well. A dehumidifier can also help prevent mold, another allergen, from growing (just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions). When cooking or bathing, take advantage of the air extractor, another way to help keep the humidity to a minimum.