What is the best alternative allergy medication for pollen?
About 60 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis or hay fever. It’s triggered by things that are normally harmless, like freshly cut grass, leafy trees, pet hair, or dust. In allergic people, the immune system overreacts and releases a chemical called histamine. That is what products the itching, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing of an allergic reaction.
If you’re one of them, you are probably prepared with drugs that can relieve the symptoms. However, most drugs have side effects, they tire you out and can be costly in the long run. Therefore, more and more people go for a more natural choice of treatment – natural remedies. We have gathered some natural ways to keep your allergies away.
- Take a shower and change your clothes when you come home.
Check the pollen count in your living area before going outdoors, and when you get back home, take a shower and change your clothes, this will remove pollen from your hair and skin and keep it off your bedding and sofa. Wash bedding in hot, soapy water at least once a week.
- Inhaling steam or rinse with saline.
For instance, store-bought vaporizers can flush out mucus and moisten dry nasal passages nearly as well as a shower.
- Try acupuncture.
Acupuncture may help improve seasonal allergy symptoms such as runny noses and watery eyes, a new study suggests. The study found that 422 peoples’ symptoms decreased significantly after treatment and acupuncture appears to be an effective and safe treatment for allergic rhinitis.
- Take unprocessed local honey.
There seems to be a lot of positive evidence from people who have tried this way. The theory is that the bees in your living area transfer pollen from flower blossoms to honey and by consuming the locally produced honey will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment there. Over time your body will build up immunity to the allergen.
- Wear wide-brimmed hat and sun-glasses.
By wearing a hat and sun-glasses will help keep pollen from blowing into your eyes and off our hair.
- Limit your exposure.
During peak pollen season, try to limit the time you spend outdoors as much as possible. If you still want to do exercise, move to the evening. Many trees release their pollen at first light, and ragweed pollen tends to fly most thickly at midday.
- Keep windows closed and use an air purifier.
Most of us spend more than 2/3 of our time indoor, getting a home air purifier will effectively remove all the particles such as pollen, dust, pet dander and allowing you to breath easily.