If your body overreacts to things that donâ€™t seem to bother other people, then you know you have an allergy. For example, if your living room curtains are being dusted and only you start sneezing and find it tough to breathe, you know you have dust allergy. Dust, pollen, animal hair, and certain kinds of grasses â€“ these things can cause allergies in some people and are known as allergens. Doctors determine the cause of allergies by doing an allergy skin test; tiny amounts of allergens are injected into the skin to test your reaction. Antihistamine drugs are usually prescribed in different strengths and combinations to fight allergies, along with other treatments. Here are a few things you can do to treat your allergies naturally, at home.
The first step in the fight against allergies is avoidance of allergens.
- Take a hot shower at night and let the water remove pollen and other allergens that might be on your body, skin or hair.
- On dry windy days, stay indoors unless you have important errands outdoors. Itâ€™s good to cover your nose and mouth if you want to move around outside on windy days.
- Use air conditioners in your car and home.
- Keep doors and windows shut to avoid pollen in the air.
- Get rid of houseplants and clean your indoor trash cans, bathroom windows, areas with dry rot, shower curtains and damp walls.
- Clean moldy areas with anti-bacterial sprays and mix of water and chlorine bleach. Keep your home light and airy to prevent mold growth.
- Donâ€™t use thick carpets on bathroom floors.
- Paint your walls with mold-proof paint instead of wallpapering them.
- Reduce the humidity levels to your home to 50% to discourage mold.
- Use a dehumidifier to control your homeâ€™s air quality.
- Keep your homeâ€™s temperature at a constant 70 degrees.
- Regularly clean and replace the small-particle filters of your heating and cooling system.
Avoid Pet Dander
- If you suffer very severe allergies, either give away your pets or keep them away from your home. It takes about 4 weeks for the cat or dog dander present in-house dust to be eradicated completely.
- Replace your regular bedding with allergen-resistant bedding to repel pet dander.
- Give your four-legged companions regular baths.
- Use air filters to reduce pet dander.
- Check with your veterinarian what else you can do to reduce pet dander and avoid allergies.
Avoid Dust And Dust Mites
- Remove all soft objects that can collect dust, such as soft toys, drapes, upholstered furniture, feather pillows and non-washable comforters.
- Walk on bare wood or linoleum floors; get rid of the carpets, as these tend to collect dust.
- Clean your floor often with a wet mop. Dust collects with great abandon on dry floors.
- Vacuum your floors twice a week; use a vacuum cleaner that comes with a HEPA filter.
- Vacuum your floor as well as curtains and other soft furniture if you still have them.
- Install an air cleaner with a HEPA or electrostatic filter.
- Use special cleaners such as tannic acid spray and benzyl benzoate to wash upholstery and carpets.
- Use hot water to wash your bedding every week. The water must be hotter than 130Â°F.
- Avoid using mattress pads, as these tend to collect a lot of dust.
- Use plastic covers to cover pillows and mattress.
- Use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels.
Eliminate Nasal Congestion
Use a neti pot to remove the material that congests your sinus cavities and nose. This slightly awkward technique might seem difficult when you first try it, but if you are a frequent sufferer of various allergies, then you must do this regularly. This technique when performed regularly will help eliminate breathing allergy symptoms.
Make A Homemade Allergy Buster Drink
The moment you start feeling an allergy coming on, dissolve 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of water. Either drink the entire glass at once or sip on it during your day. Allergies are caused because the histamine in your body responds to allergens negatively. This homemade allergy buster reduces the histamineâ€™s response to allergens, bringing down your allergic reactions. Take as much of this mixture as you need to reduce your allergy symptoms.Â The mixture starts working within 15 minutes of drinking. Though the taste is not good, the effects are worth it.
Remove Allergenic Foods From Your Diet
If you suffer food allergies, find out which food items youâ€™re allergic to and eliminate these from your diet. Though this might seem a little drastic, especially if some of those food items are your favorites, youâ€™ll survive without the usual unwanted response from your immune system. People who suffer dairy and wheat allergies donâ€™t realize their bodies are reacting badly to these commonly eaten foods. They blame the foods!
Add Bee Pollen To Your Diet
If youâ€™re allergic to pet dander, pollen and dust mites, try adding bee pollen granules to your diet. You can add bee pollen to your breakfast cereal. Bee Pollen is extremely nutritious and helps in maintaining and promoting health. Adding bee pollen to your diet is a nutrition boost to begin with, but the added benefit is that bee pollen helps combat allergic symptoms as well!Â Bee pollen is a not a cure for seasonal allergies; not does it help relieve symptoms immediately. What it does is over a period, make your allergies extremely manageable, which is terrific to achieve without any medication at all!