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Do Any Natural Remedies Work?

Many people swear by nasal irrigation -- flushing out your nose with a neti pot. It breaks up mucus and reduces swelling, helping you breathe better. And it’s true that eating spicy food may help a stuffy nose get clear, at least for a little while.

Researchers can’t say for sure whether herbs and supplements work for allergies. Popular ones include butterbur, which may block some chemicals that trigger nasal swelling; quercetin, which may act like an antihistamine; and bromelain, which may help with congestion.

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Managing Allergies at School

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 year. 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.

Read the Managing Allergies at School article > >

To be safe, ask your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on November 18, 2014

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