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Why should you check your doctor before using supplements to relieve allergy symptoms?

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Check with your doctor before you start using any supplements regularly, especially if you take daily medication or have any health conditions.

Natural allergy remedies can make a difference. Just remember that they shouldn't replace medications and other treatments. If your symptoms aren't improving and they’re affecting your life, see a doctor. Medications, allergy shots, or other treatments could make things better.

SOURCES:

AAFA: "Air Filters."

AAAAI: "Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember."

Brinkhaus, B. Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 19, 2013.

Clifford W. Bassett, MD, allergy ambassador, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Medical Director, Allergy and Asthma Care of NY; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine.

Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Butterbur."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Allergic Rhinitis."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Kefir."

Winchester Hospital: "Probiotics for Hay Fever and Asthma in Children."

CDC: “Safe Ritual Nasal Rinsing.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hay Fever.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

SOURCES:

AAFA: "Air Filters."

AAAAI: "Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember."

Brinkhaus, B. Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 19, 2013.

Clifford W. Bassett, MD, allergy ambassador, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Medical Director, Allergy and Asthma Care of NY; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine.

Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Butterbur."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Allergic Rhinitis."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Kefir."

Winchester Hospital: "Probiotics for Hay Fever and Asthma in Children."

CDC: “Safe Ritual Nasal Rinsing.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hay Fever.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

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