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.

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

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018
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