Do you sneeze a lot and often experience a runny nose? Do you feel nasal congestion all the times which often makes your mouth and eyes itch too? This is a condition which is named as “allergic rhinitis” which is a common problem of 40-160 million people worldwide.It is a sensitivity reaction which our body tells us when an external allergen is introduced to the body. Allergic rhinitis is also called Hay fever. It is not actually a fever like condition but the symptoms are similar. There are two types of hay fever.
- Seasonal: It is only experienced in the specific part of the year. Most common time of its occurrence is spring and summer when the air is full of pollen from grass, trees, and weeds.
- Perennial: Perennial hay fever is experienced year round. It can have mild to severe allergens such as pollen, dander, mites, dust, mold, cockroaches and food allergies too.
The symptoms of hay fever are varying. You may experience a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose and head, fatigue often leading to fever. The common solution to overcome this situation is to take medicines. Usually, anti allergic medicines and immunotherapy are used as the treatment for hay fever. There are many ways you can treat hay fever condition by yourself. Some of these remedies are enlisted below.
- Take Anti Histamine medicine
Antihistamines are available in the form of spray and tablets. It is composed of a compound which blocks the release of histamine. Histamine is a compound responsible for the allergic symptoms for the body. One can start taking antihistamines on days when it starts to have high pollen content in the air such as spring days.
- Use Corticosteroids Spray
Corticosteroids are available in spray and drop form. You can purchase them in advance and use them weeks before you start to experience the symptoms. A short course of corticosteroids helps to overcome allergic attacks on time. You must always keep them with you so that whenever you need them, you can use them.
- Use Honey In Routine
Honey is a nature’s gift to overcome many health conditions. In allergic rhinitis, honey is extremely beneficial. You can take honey tea or honey water to get instant relief. You can make a delicious ginger-honey drink in boiling water. It will sooth in swollen mucous membranes and control the continuous sneezing. You can also start taking home in routine i.e. in breakfast daily to reduce the risks of possible allergic attacks. Raw honey is advised to be used for allergic reactions. It is not advised to give raw honey to underage children. Also, some people might feel an allergic reaction to honey, it is important to know that you are not allergic to honey before you start consuming honey on daily basis.
- Replace Regular Tea With Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is scientifically termed as “Matricaria chamomilla”. It is a herb with multiple benefits. You can make a chamomile tea with the help of dried chamomile and boil it in water. Use this tea in morning and evening. You can also add lemon and honey to it to enhance flavor. A regular use of chamomile tea will help the body to show less sensitivity to allergens. This homemade remedy for hay fever is supported by scientific research which proves that chamomile is highly efficient for controlling allergies but it is dose dependent. Higher the amount of chamomile used, the effects will be stronger.
5. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has the solution for everything in it. It is highly effective to control allergic reactions of the body. Organic raw apple cider vinegar is unfiltered and unheated. It only has 5% acidity. It works best for allergies caused by pollen, animal dander, dust, termites, and food. You can take apple cider vinegar in warm water, one tablespoon for one glass and drink it thrice a day. you can also take it directly with minor dilution but take it with water is safer. It will also help you for better digestion, improves skin and hair and lose weight in the meantime.
6. Add Ginger To Your Food
Ginger is one of the most talked about medicinal food item which is a natural antihistamine. It is scientifically known as Zingiber officinale. You must add this to your daily diet as a part of your cooked food. You can also use ginger in your regular tea or as a part of honey and ginger tea. Researches show that ginger has countless health benefits such as antiallergic, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. It can help to overcome digestion problems, blood pressure, cholesterol and all type of allergies. Eating or chewing two pieces of raw ginger helps to provide anti allergic, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to the body. You can also use ginger supplements since many of the people don’t like the taste of garlic.
7. The Natural Healing Of Turmeric Powder
Turmeric powder is a spice with unlimited health benefits. It helps to control all the allergies. If anything else fails, try turmeric tea with lemon and honey. Using only half teaspoon turmeric powder in any more reduces the allergic attacks significantly by 60%.
8. Hydrate The Body With Citrus
Vitamin C is not the only thing which you get from citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and grapefruits are most effective to aid in allergic conditions. Use them regularly as a part of your daily diet to reduce the chances of allergies. You can also take orange and grapefruit juice in the breakfast daily. Alkaline food items make the immune system better by balancing the salts and ions in the body. Lemon, grapefruits and oranges all are immune boosting fruits which are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. They can detoxify the body from impurities and allergens.
Butterbur is a big leafy green plant which has wide uses in medicines. It is native to Europe. It has a role to reduce inflammation, block the histamine and leukotriene. Various scientific studies proved that butterbur is helpful t overcome sneezing, itching of eyes, throat, and mouth, blocked sinus and nasal congestion. It is even helpful to treat a headache and fever which is usually followed by any seasonal allergic attack. Butterbur is available in plant extract, tea, supplements and powder form. Any of these can be used in the routine.
10. Aroma Therapy With Steam And Essential Oils
Essential oils are proved to be highly effective for overcoming tiredness, stress, and anxiety. they are also used as wide parts of beauty and spa treatments. One less uncommon feature of essential oils is that they provide relief in allergic attacks too. when a user is suffering from an allergic attack, due to any allergen, essential oil provides soothing effect and rid of blocked nose. Essential oils can be used as a part of steam treatments. You can boil water with 2-3 drops of any refreshing essential oil such as eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil. It will open the blocked sinus and provide relief in continuous sneezing.