Whether you tend to suffer from allergens in the spring or year-round, chances are you’re quite familiar with over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications. You might not be aware of some natural treatments that have been shown to help lessen allergy symptoms. Here are nine practices, foods and products to implement to help keep your sinuses and nose clear.
Saline nasal irrigation
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, occasionally rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution can help thin mucus and remove allergens. Commercial saline solutions are available over the counter at local retail and pharmacy stores.
Consider investing in appliances with HEPA filters. For example, consider investing in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. You can also opt for a HEPA filter forced-air heating or air conditioning system. Per CNET, HEPA filters work by pushing air through the fibers of a filter screen, which catches contaminants including pollen and mold.
Pollen can easily collect on fabric, including your clothes. If you’ve spent a long time outdoors — especially on a windy spring or summer day — change your clothes when you come inside, as Reader’s Digest recommends. Another helpful habit to cultivate it to take a shower after a walk outdoors or time spent cutting the grass. This will help rid your hair and skin of any pollen that you might have picked up while outside.
If you’re a fan of spicy dishes with ingredients like curry and chili powder, you’re in luck. Some spicy foods fall into the mucokinetic — or mucus-thinning — category. This can help alleviate nasal congestion, as Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P., confirms. Mustard, black pepper and horseradish offer a similar benefit.
Per U.S. News & World Health, garlic is not just an anti-inflammatory and immune-system booster. This food contains quercetin, a histamine-lowering component. It’s a great natural alternative to taking pharmaceutical antihistamines.
A common spice in Thai, Indian and other dishes, turmeric is another natural remedy to help assuage allergy symptoms, due to its active compound of curcumin. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology published a study that surveyed 214 people with allergies. After two months, researchers found that those who took curcumin experienced less congestion and sneezing when compared with the placebo group.
This herb is useful not only for eliminating migraines but as an allergy antidote. The British Medical Journal published a study evaluating 125 people with allergies. The researchers found that butterbur was just as effective at curbing allergic symptoms as Zyrtec.
Vitamin D and fish oil
You should also try incorporating more vitamin D and fish oil into your diet, per Dr. Neeta Ogden, an allergy specialist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Many allergy sufferers have experienced reduced symptoms from taking these two supplements.
Per Science Daily, Japanese researchers have confirmed that a compound in green tea blocks a key cell receptor that produces allergic reactions. The compound is called methylated epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. Though all teas have some concentration of EGCG, green tea contains the highest.
Discuss these natural solutions with your medical provider. By using one or more of these remedies, you can replace or supplement your conventional allergy prescription to enjoy improved health.
This article is presented by Lexus of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.