Taking Your Life Back using Natural Allergy Remedies
Whether your nose stuffs up from the pollen in the air, or the cat gives you an itchy rash, there are some natural allergy remedies that you can take to help you to get those annoying allergies under control.
Naturally, the first step that you should take to help beat your allergies is to take a visit to the doctor’s office so that you can make sure that you know exactly what the allergy or sensitivity is, and know that you are taking safe steps that are appropriate for your unique needs.
However, there are some points that you may want to bring up while you’re still there, so that you can help to overcome your seasonal or year round allergies without necessarily having to depend on those eye drops, nasal sprays, antihistamines, and boxes of tissues.
The trick is to find the right kind of natural allergy remedy instead of attempting to use a “one size fits all” approach. For example, outdoor allergies are brought about by reactions to pollens from trees, grasses, weeds, and even mold spores. There are three times of the year that have the most pollen and therefore cause the highest allergic reactions: tree pollen in mid to late spring, grass pollen in late summer, and weed pollen (mostly ragweed) in late summer. The specific pollens and their levels vary from one region to the next. In terms of mold allergies, the worst times are spring, summer, and – especially – fall. Pet dander, on the other hand, is a year round struggle, as is mold, dust mites, and food allergies.
Before you put natural allergy remedies into use, make sure that you know what is causing the reactions in the first place. Next, pay attention to the reactions that you’re having. This will allow you to discuss the correct remedy with your doctor based on both cause and reaction.
Overall, some of the potential natural allergy remedies that you may find helpful even before you reach for the decongestants, sprays, drops, and antihistamines include the following:
- Vitamin C – this vitamin can act as a natural antihistamine, keeping itching, swelling, and wheezing down. It can be taken either as a supplement or consumed through foods such as citrus fruits and red peppers.
- Vitamin B5 – like vitamin C, B5 is also a natural antihistamine. Taking this as a supplement of up to 500 mg can help to keep symptoms under control.
- Quercetin – this is an antioxidant that is found in plants. It works to help to reduce inflammation in the airways and can help to discourage the body from producing histamine. Histamine production can lead to congestion, so by reducing its production, allergy symptoms can also be decreased. Many health food stores sell quercetin in pill form. In food, it is found in apples, cherries, red and purple grapes, and onions.