Whether you suffer with seasonal allergies or your symptoms persist year-round, you’re probably keen to find some kind of relief for the itching, dripping, coughing, and sneezing that beset you when you’re in the throes of an allergic reaction. But you might not be terribly interested in the steroidal nasal sprays and oral antihistamines that doctors can provide. If you prefer to enjoy a pharmaceutical-free existence as much as possibly, you’ll be glad to hear that there are dozens of options when it comes to natural solutions for your allergy symptoms. Of course, finding the ones that are most effective could take a while. So here are a few of the best options, old and new, that you might want to try.
- Neti pot. You’re probably wondering how this tiny lantern can hold a magical genie set to deliver your wish of an allergy remedy. In truth, the practical use of the neti pot is far simpler than you might imagine. You’ll start by filling it with warm water or a saline solution, after which you’ll tilt your head over a sink and start pouring water in one nostril and letting it run from the other. This process will remove the mucus clogging your sinuses and take any allergens trapped there with it. The neti pot is not designed to stop your allergic reaction, but clearing out the allergens that lead to your symptoms will help to reduce discomfort.
- Ozone treatment. Ozone (O3), an energized for of oxygen, is emerging as a potential treatment option for all kinds of ailments because it is an excellent way to deliver oxygen to the cells of the body, aiding in healing and immune response. In truth, it has been in use since World War I, when it was used to treat infections. Since then it has fallen out of fashion, but ongoing research has expanded the uses for this potent form of oxygen. And since it is capable not only of forcing oxygen into your body at the most basic level, but it also has the capacity to wipe out contaminants like bacteria, mold, and more, it is an excellent option to try when fighting allergy symptoms. The hard part is finding a clinic or doctor that offers this treatment.
- Immunotherapy. Also called desensitization therapy, this option relies on the theory that exposing your body to pathogens over time will help to build tolerance, thus decreasing the overactive immune response that occurs. In practice, you’ll receive a series of shots containing the particular allergens that affect you. It could take weeks, months, or even years, but by the end of your treatment your allergies should effectively disappear.
- Face mask. No matter what you do, you’re going to be confronted by allergens in your home, the workplace, and outdoors. So if you’re having trouble with symptoms, especially those related to seasonal allergies or particulates you’re exposed to frequently, think about going basic with a face mask to filter out allergens. If you’re gardening, mowing, or dusting the house, this could help to keep your symptoms to a minimum.
- Air filtration. It’s not enough to remove plush surfaces and keep your home spic and span: outdoor allergens will find a way in, your pets will keep shedding, and dust mites will continue to colonize regardless of how manic your cleaning regimen is. But there is a solution that can help. By including air filtration in your home, such as a HEPA air purifier, vacuum, or even whole-home system in your HVAC, you can trap allergens as small as 0.3 microns (for reference, dust particles tend to come in at 2-10 microns in size). This should aid your cleaning efforts significantly.