Allergy season comes along every year, bringing symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, or even congestion, to many people. Even when allergy symptoms are mild, they’re still miserable to endure. Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer. There are several at-home remedies you can use to manage your allergies and find relief.
Depending on whether your allergies are seasonal, perennial, or chronic, there are various methods to manage them. However, not all treatments are going to work the same, so it is worth trying different ones to see what works best for you.
One of the easiest ways to start managing your allergies is to invest in a dehumidifier for your home or office. These days, it is easy to spend most of our time indoors. As a result, allergens can get trapped within your home or office and linger in humid environments. Using a dehumidifier reduces the possibility of dust mites or mold growing within a moist environment by removing any excess dampness within your space. A dehumidifier helps you manage your allergies and breathe easier in the spaces you spend the most time in daily.
Note: Most modern bathrooms now have a built-in dehumidifier when you turn on the fan. Before you shower, be sure to turn the fan on to reduce moisture and leave it running for a while after you step out.
2. Essential Oils, Probiotics, and Vitamins
Natural home remedies have become popular recently. They offer a range of methods to manage your allergies with things like essential oils, probiotics, and vitamins. Some people have reported that essential oils—like Ravensara, Frankincense, and Sandalwood oils— have helped alleviate allergy symptoms when mixed together. These essential oil mixes can be dispersed into the air with a diffuser.
Probiotics have been found to reduce the duration and severity of allergy symptoms as well. Most people are familiar with the general benefits of Vitamin C, but a little-known fact is that it can also help with your allergies. Taking Vitamin C and getting outside in some sunlight (Vitamin D) boosts your immune system and helps in the management of your allergy symptoms.
Another natural remedy that has gained popularity is Butterbur tablets, which come from a shrub found in Europe, Asia, and North America. Butterbur has traditionally been used for everything from having a cough to allergies. Butterbur tablets can now be found over the counter or online and are often used as a supplement to help combat headaches, migraines, upset stomachs, and allergies.
Note: While some people might report reduced allergy symptoms from essential oils, probiotics, and vitamins, these treatments likely will not provide complete allergy relief. With any natural remedy, be sure to speak to your doctor about medications or supplements before you start taking them.
3. Nasal Irrigation
One of the most tried and true home remedies for allergies is the use of a neti pot or squeeze bottle with saline solution. Nasal irrigation rinses out your sinuses and helps alleviate any sinus blockages, flushing out any allergens that may be present within your nasal passages. This helps reduce the severity and duration of your allergy symptoms.
4. Change Your Cleaning Routine
A simple way to manage your allergies is to keep your environment as clean as possible. Increasing your sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting schedule to a weekly basis will reduce the build-up of pollen, dust mites, and other indoor allergens. If you have pets, bathe your pet more regularly to reduce the amount of pollen they are tracking into your house. If you are allergic to your pet, reducing the amount of pet dander in your environment will reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms.
Additionally, pay attention to time spent outdoors. Make sure to remove your clothes when returning from a day spent outside. Washing your outdoor clothes often can lessen the spread of pollen in your home. If you find your allergies are particularly bad, you can also try showering when you return home from a day outside to rinse away any pollen.
5. Sublingual Immunotherapy
The most effective at-home allergy treatment you can implement into your daily routine is sublingual immunotherapy. Also known as allergy drops and tablets, sublingual immunotherapy is a form of allergy immunotherapy that is taken under the tongue. Through sublingual immunotherapy, your immune system is exposed to trace amounts of what you are allergic to. Over time, your body becomes desensitized and stops reacting to allergens in your environment. This leads to long-term allergy relief. Sublingual immunotherapy is just as effective as allergy shots, and it can be safely taken from the comfort of your home!
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Although allergies can often be a figurative (and literal) headache, there are many ways you can take control and alleviate your symptoms. If you are looking for long-term relief for your allergies, choose Wyndly. Our allergy doctors will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to get you lifelong allergy relief.
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