Allergies may crop up in unexpected places and during unusual times when you may not be prepared. They could occur when you have limited access to a doctor or to medication, so it’s a good idea to be ready with some home remedies.
Spring and summer are particularly tough for people with allergies. The onslaught of pollens causes sneezing, hay fever, and itchy eyes. The following home remedies can help. They may be enough to keep the allergy completely in check or at least make it bearable until you can see a physician.
- Neti Pots – Preparinga Neti Pot is simple. Fill the pot with warm water and salt. Then tilt your head to one side and pour the solution into one nostril. Repeat the process on the other side. Make sure you use distilled or boiled water, as tap water could introduce hazardous organisms into your system.
- Saline spray – Saline nasal sprays from the drugstore works the same way as the Neti Pot, only the spray bottle can deliver the solution more gently.
- Local honey – Some people have reported that eating honey consistently can lower your risk for allergies.
- HEPA filters – High-efficiency particulate air filters trap allergens and other airborne irritants. A portable HEPA purifier can clean the air in confined spaces, such as bedrooms. HEPA filters can also be incorporated into the home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
- Herbs and supplements – Several herbs, such as eyebright, spirulina, and goldenseal, are believed to relieve allergies. Butterbur, a plant extract, has been shown in some clinical trials to be as effective as over-the-counter antihistamines. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is also reported to reduce inflammation from allergies.
- Hot shower – A steaming hot shower may temporarily relieve a stuffy nose. Showering after a trip outdoors can also help remove allergens that may have accumulated on your body.
- Steam inhalation – Not in the mood for a hot shower? Put boiling water in a bowl, form a tent over your head by draping it with a towel, and deeply inhale through your nose. Doing this repeatedly will help unclog your nose.
- Eucalyptus oil – Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of water and inhale the steam. This can help lesson nose congestion.
Most home remedies are intended for temporary relief only. Consult your doctor about long-term care of allergies.