Allergic Rhinitis - Home Treatment
Allergic rhinitis is a long-term problem. It takes time and effort to control
allergies through home treatment. But home treatment is one of the best things you can do to help your allergies.
If you can avoid or reduce your
allergens, you may be able to reduce your allergy
symptoms and manage them without medicine or with fewer medicines. Controlling
your contact with allergens and reducing your symptoms may also make it less
likely you will develop
complications such as
sinusitis. You do this by:
For more information, see:
Allergies: Avoiding Indoor Triggers.
Allergies: Avoiding Outdoor Triggers.
If avoiding allergens doesn't
help your symptoms or is not possible:
- You can treat a stuffy nose by cleaning your nasal passages with saline solution
- You may be able to prevent or
manage mild sinus infections by using a humidifier in your home, drinking plenty of liquids, and avoiding tobacco smoke.
- You may try taking
over-the-counter allergy medicines to relieve symptoms.
It is helpful to track your symptoms and how they
affect you. For example, do your symptoms keep you from sleeping, make it hard to
concentrate, or make you sleepy? Also track your allergens and how long after
exposure to them you start to have symptoms. This information will help your doctor
prevent and treat the problem. You can keep a
symptom diary(What is a PDF document?) to track this information.