Allergy Remedies Continued

This allergy video completely cracked me up…so now back to the allergy remedies.

In the first mountain allergy remedies article I discussed some behavioral changes that could be done to help fight allergies. There are an amazing number of other things that can be done that range from dietary changes, to natural remedies and pharmacological aids.

Here on the mountain things are blooming like crazy and so people are sniffling and sneezing all around.

Humidifiers for Allergies

As a child I suffered from severe asthma and distinctly remember the humidifier used to help get the allergens out of the air. Warm or cool mist humidifiers help because the allergens bind with the tiny water droplets and fall to the floor and so don’t get inhaled. Check out Humidifiers for Allergy SufferersHumidifiers for Allergy Sufferers.

Air Purifiers for Allergens

Air purifiers help clear the air. Using a HEPA filter helps remove pollen, dust and spores from the air. There are a wide variety to chose from and you can get such filters for your vacuum cleaners too. Find Allergy Season Air PurifiersAllergy Season Air Purifiers or check Consumer Reports for suggestions.

Steam Inhalation vs Allergies

One of the familiar home remedies for congestion is steam inhalation multiple times over the day. Hmm, another great use for those facial steam machines–who knew?

Most simply boil water and then pull the pot from the stove and use a towel to make a tent over their heads above the steam–to inhaling for up to ten minutes. (Avoid steam burns by not being right over the pan.)

A few prefer to add essential oilsessential oils for allergies to the pot once the water is hot. One of the recipes I was told about mixed 3 drops each of eucalyptus and rosemary with 2 drops myrtle and tea tree oils.

Peppermintpeppermint for allergies is another essential oil that acts as a decongestant. It contains both anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial properties and, in addition to being used in steam inhalation, can be made into tea and sipped.

Probiotics Immunity & Allergies

I recently found out just how essential probioticsprobiotics for allergen immunity were for the immune system. GG knew about the digestive benefits but got a big education on them on my last hospital visit. Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus acidophilus are some that help with immunity.

Many foods have been found to help with allergies and a study done in Germany found that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acidsomega-3 for allergies were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms.

This makes sense if you think about it since they help fight inflammation. Other foods that contain inflammation fighting nutrients include cold-water fish, walnuts flaxseed oil, grass-fed meat and eggs.

Although missing scientific documentation that many doctors want, local honey seems to help with immunity. Since the bees produce honey from local foliage the theory is that it acts like an allergy therapy.

Stinging Nettlestinging nettle & allergies works as an antihistamine without the side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness. Nettle helps reduce the production of histamine and is sold in capsules. It is also possible to make tinctures or teas.

Spicy foods can act as temporary decongestants when pollen counts are high. Try adding horseradish, chili peppers or hot mustard to your meals.

Another interesting plant compound that helps is quercetin. It is a bioflavonoid that acts as an antioxidant and helps prevent cells from releasing histamine.

Although it is found in citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and vino, those who suffer from allergies usually have to supplement between meals.

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Sublingual Immunotherapy involves daily treatments with tiny doses of the allergen put under the tongue for two minutes. Although found to be effective and used in Europe for a long time, this has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.

Obviously this has only scratched the surface and I’ll be back with more. In the meantime, I’ll be back Thursday with the TOT!

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