Can you get through allergy season—naturally?
Seasonal allergies are annoying, and so are the drugs you pop to relieve sneezing, sniffling, and itchy, red eyes. (They tire you out! They’re expensive!) While you can’t reduce the pollen in the air, you might be able to limit the number of drugs you take in response and through some natural remedies for allergies. In fact, there is a myriad of time-honored natural solutions that may do the trick just as well as some of the medicinal treatments available, according to Lakiea Wright, MD, Medical Director of U.S. Clinical Affairs at Thermo Fisher Scientific and a board-certified physician in internal medicine and allergy and immunology. Here are some natural remedies for keeping your allergy symptoms at bay.
Rinse with saline before symptoms strike
Head off allergies by starting to treat them before you feel anything, advises Nathanael Horne, MD, of New York Medical College. This is especially important these days, as allergy season seems to start earlier every year. One of the easiest natural remedies for allergies is to spritz a saline rinse into your nose daily to wash away pollen. This method won’t necessarily take the place of medication, but it could reduce your need for drugs. In one study, participants who rinsed their sinuses daily for eight weeks reported less nasal congestion than those who didn’t. Allergists with allergies swear by saline rinses as well as these other tricks to controlling allergy symptoms.