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 treatments. Here are some you may want to try the next time you have a flare.
Nasal irrigation-- Flushing out your sinuses with a neti pot or nasal washes may help break up thick mucus and ease swelling. Follow directions and keep your equipment clean. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of boiled, then cooled water.
Q: Atlanta is beautiful in the spring, but my allergies are so bad! Will moving to the desert make them go away?
A: Ragweed and grass pollens are triggers that are difficult to avoid almost everywhere in the continental United States during the spring and summer.
Although much of Arizona and New Mexico is arid, most people in the cities, suburbs, and small towns grow grass for lawns. Plus, the land has been disturbed by construction and landscaping, so weeds are widespread. Las Vegas, Tucson,...
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 teas, onions, red wine, and apples. It’s also available in supplement form..
Butterbur-- Some studies have shown butterbur -- specifically an extract called Ze 399 -- to be at least as effective as antihistamines for relieving things like runny nose and congestion.
Acupuncture-- Some people with severe allergies say acupuncture can help reduce pain, ease swelling, and lessen mucus.
Honey -- A teaspoon can soothe your throat if it gets irritated from coughing all day. Children under a 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 pineapple. For some, it helps ease inflammation and swelling in the nose. It also may help thin mucus.