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    Are There Natural Remedies for Allergies?

    Nasal irrigation uses a combination of warm water, about a quarter-teaspoon of salt, and a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda to clear out mucus and open sinus passages. You can use a squeeze bottle or a neti pot, which looks like a small teapot. Use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

    Some others have mixed research on how much they help:

    Butterbur . This herb, which comes from a European shrub, shows potential for relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Some studies show butterbur -- specifically an extract called Ze 339 -- to work as well at easing allergy symptoms as some antihistamines.

    Quercetin. This nutrient is found in onions, apples, and black tea. It’s been shown in research to block the release of histamines.

    Stinging nettle. Although some people use freeze-dried stinging nettle leaves to treat allergy symptoms, there isn’t much research to show that it works.

    Talk to your doctor before you start any herbal product. Some can cause side effects or can react with medications you take.

    5 TIps to Keep Pollen at Bay

    1. Try to stay indoors whenever the pollen count is very high. The counts usually peak in the mornings.
    2. Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. An air purifier may also help.
    3. Clean the air filters in your home often. Also, clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.
    4. Wash your hair after going outside, because the allergen can collect there.
    5. Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen, mold, and dust that were trapped in your carpet.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on April 23, 2015
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