Are there effective natural remedies or home remedies for allergies?
If you are coughing, wheezing and finding difficulties in breathing, you may have allergic asthma which sometimes may be mistaken for bronchitis. Allergy symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of other illness. That is the reason why many doctors recommend all allergy cases to be referred to a certified allergist.
The current treatments for allergy symptoms are antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, and allergy injections. You can buy antihistamines from the pharmacies or apply natural remedies for allergies.
The best way to prevent an allergy is by avoiding exposure to the allergen. Let’s be practical! If you have a cat allergy, just stay away from them or homes with cats. It could be their hair, skin cells or saliva that causes the allergy reaction.
Severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylactic reaction needs immediate treatment or else it can be fatal. There are no cures for allergies except home remedies. The following natural remedies for allergies can be used to treat the problem.
Natural Home Remedies For Allergies
Daily consumption of omega-3 fish oil supplements can help to bring down the levels of leukotriene. leukotriene are chemicals produced in leukocytes that contribute to the allergic reaction. Take a daily supplement of mg EPA and DHA. Recommended time would be at night before going to bed.
Eat more oily fish. They are high in omega-3 fish oil. Such as
- wild salmon
- black cod
You will experience food allergies when the body’s defense system mistakenly treats protein from the food you consumed as a threat. The symptoms or reaction of food allergy is almost immediate or within a minute to 2 hours but in some cases, it may be delayed by 6 hours or more.
The common allergy symptoms are:
- abdominal cramps
- breathing difficulties
- swelling around the eyes and mouths
In extreme cases it could result to:
- low blood pressure
- tightening of the throat
- loss of consciousness
- life-threatening reactions
You need to find out which food causes the allergy and try to avoid them.
- Write down the list of foods and drinks that you consumed for the past 14 days.
- Remove one at a time the product from the list, beginning from the most common foods that you have consumed.
- Do this for 30 days and note any improvements.
- Avoid the food once you have identified.
For babies, skin prick allergy tests or allergy blood tests can determine which food is triggering the allergy.
Common Child Food Allergies
- Infant formula/ Milk
- Fish/ Shellfish
Common Adults Food Allergies
- Fish/ Shellfish,
- Tree nuts,
You may be taking antibiotic for a long time without any problems. Then one day after taking the same antibiotic you experience a severe abdominal pain. Your doctor tells you that you are allergic to the antibiotics you are currently taking.
Now you will be wondering how this could happen. Your immune system has reacted to these antibiotics and produce another antibody or other reactions.
Common Allergy Causing Drugs
- Penicillin and related antibiotics
- Antibiotics containing sulfonamides
- Chemotherapy drugs
Control House Dust Mites
Wear a surgical mask to protect yourself from the dust when you do your spring cleaning because dust can aggravate respiratory allergies.
- If you can’t, ask your spouse or a family member help you to do the dusting.
- Use a damp cloth to remove dust instead of using a feather duster.
- Mold is another allergen that grows very well in humid areas.
- Fix a dehumidifier or an air condition system in the house to keep humidity out and prevent microbes from growing.
House dust mites are found in the carpets, sofas, bedding, and clothing. The allergy is caused by the proteins in the dust mite’s droppings. Even without the presence of dust mites, the droppings can continue to cause allergic symptoms.
Wash bed sheets, blankets, and pillow covers weekly with hot water, above 60 degrees centigrade to kill the mites.
Smoke can cause irritation and breathing difficulties to asthmatic. Smoke from burning woods that has been treated with heavy metal or chemicals can cause a more severe attack to people with respiratory allergies. Stay away from smoke and do not burn household or garden waste.
You can get rid of these wastes by composting or recycling. Tobacco smoke can also aggravate respiratory allergies, so make sure no one is smoking at home.
Minimize Exposure To Pollen
Change of seasons can bring its own allergens. Pollutants can cause the allergy attack with symptoms of sneezing, coughing, itching skin, and red watery eyes.
- Wear a mask if you need to be outside and try to avoid doing outdoor activities especially on smoggy days.
- Keep windows and doors closed at all times to minimize pollen from coming in.
- During pollen season you cannot go out and get fresh air.
- Rinse your eyes with clean running water if your eyes get itchy.
This natural remedy may not be as effective as an antihistamine but it can help to soothe the irritation.
If you get stuffy nose due to allergies, pour some salt water into one nostril. Allow the solution to flow through your nasal cavity into the other nostril. It can help to wash away mucus and allergens.
You can get saline nose drops from pharmacies or make your own saline solution (salt water).
- Add ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda into 1 cup of distilled water.
- Mix well with a clean spoon.
- You can keep this solution for 3 days.
If you get an allergy attack in the middle of the night with sneezing and running nose, take a warm shower. Wash your hair to get rid of any pollen residues that you may have collected. A warm bath can help you to stay calm and help you sleep.
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