If you have allergies, you don't have to rely only on pills and nose sprays. Sometimes natural remedies can replace -- or go hand in hand -- with more traditional allergy treatments. Here are some you may want to try the next time your allergies flare.
Nasal irrigation -- Flushing out your sinuses with a neti pot or nasal washes may help break up thick mucus and ease swelling of your sinuses. Follow directions and keep all equipment clean. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of boiled, then cooled water.
Does your child miss school due to allergies? If so, you're not alone.
Seasonal allergies are believed to affect as many as 40% of U.S. children.
On any given day, about 10,000 of those children miss school because of their
allergies. That's a total of more than 2 million lost school days every
Even if your child doesn't miss school, allergies can get in the way of a
productive school day, so managing allergies at school is an important part of
caring for your child's health.
Quercetin -- Some experts believe that this natural chemical acts like an antihistamine. It keeps histamine -- a chemical in the body that causes many allergy symptoms -- under control. Quercetin can be found in foods such as teas, onions, red wine, and apples. It can also be purchased as a supplement.
Butterbur -- Some studies have shown butterbur -- specifically a butterbur extract called Ze 399 -- to be at least as effective as antihistamines for relieving allergy symptoms, such as runny nose and congestion.
Acupuncture -- Some people with severe allergies find that it can help reduce pain, ease swelling, and lessen the amount of mucus they have.
Honey -- A teaspoon can soothe your throat if it gets irritated from coughing all day. Children under 1 year old should never be given honey.
Spicy foods -- Eating something with a little heat can thin mucus and clear congestion.
Bromelain -- This natural enzyme comes from the pineapple plant. For some people, it helps ease inflammation and swelling in the nose. It also may help thin mucus.
If you have a chronic illness like diabetes or high blood pressure, always check with your doctor before trying any type of supplement.