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12 Home Remedies For Allergies

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Breathe freely

Allergy season is here, and according to figures from the American Asthma Foundation and Allergy, more than 35 million people are affected by sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. If you find yourself among them, you have some natural remedies that will help you control your allergy easily.

What is an allergy?

According to the National Library of Medicine an allergic reaction is when the immune system reacts to harmless substances (allergens) as if they were seeds, releasing histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE), substances that can cause runny nose, sneezing, itching, or rash.

12 home remedies for allergies

1 Quercetin

Quercetin is an antioxidant that blocks the action of histamine. According to Dr. Yazdani B. Shaik, Boston University, "Taking quercetin supplements help relieve common allergy symptoms, and may even be used in conjunction with conventional treatments."

2 Nettle

Nettle may cause allergic skin reactions, however, would be helpful for hay fever sufferers. "An infusion of nettle block the effect of histamine, relieving and controlling the symptoms of this allergy," says Dr.. Serron Wilkie, the National College of Naturopathic Alternative Medicine.

3 Butterbur

According to Dr. Maureen Williams, University of Pennsylvania, "In a study of 186 persons observed that the dyeing and butterbur extract alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, as they contain a substance with powerful antihistamine effects, almost as effective as some drugs. "

Be careful also with natural remedies

home remedies for allergies

The plants and natural remedies can have side effects: "Although the extract is safe, infusion of butterbur, for example, can damage the liver Therefore, to avoid risks, always talk to your doctor before using any natural remedy." says Dr.. Julie McNairn, State University of New York.

4 Nasal Irrigation

According to Dr. Mary Hardy, Director of Integrative Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, "Irrigating the nose with saline would help soften the mucosa and clean pollen or allergic reaction causing dust, thus easing the sneezing and runny nose. "

To prepare a nasal solution, mix half teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in half cup of warm water, pour a few drops in each nostril and then let it drain out, finish cleaning your nose gently with a tissue. You can also use the solution with a spray.

Get rid of the mites!

Dust mites are allergens that are commonly found in bedding and pillows. Eliminate them by soaking these objects for 30 minutes in a mixture of eucalyptus oil, detergent and water, "eucalyptus oil is an acaricide that would eliminate up to 90% of the mites," according to Dr. Euan Tovey, University of Sydney , Australia.

5 Honey

Dr. Evan Fleischmann, of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, explains that "honey has pollen particles, so when you're exposing consuming small doses of the allergen, causing your body gets used to it and stop taking as a threat, which would reduce the strength of allergic reactions. "

6 Green Tea

Green tea has a compound that would block the production of histamine and IgE, substances that trigger allergy symptoms. "Those who suffer allergies tea benefit, by reducing the severity of the reaction and relieve the symptoms," says Dr. Hirofumi Tachibana, Kyushu University, Japan.

7 Probiotics

According to Dr Claudio Nicoletti, Institute of Food Research in England, "probiotic bacteria help to fight allergies by blocking the overproduction of IgE. An adequate intake of probiotics would reduce the severity of allergic reactions and to relieve symptoms. "

8 Mint

Take a mint tea or inhaling the essential oil would be helpful in relieving the symptoms of hay fever or dust: "Peppermint contains a substance that would block the action of histamine relieving sneezing and runny nose," says Dr. Toshio Inoue, Okayama University, Japan.

Prevention is better ...

According to Dr. David Leopold, the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, "If the allergic reaction has started, it is difficult to stop with natural remedies, it is best to focus on prevention: start taking supplements or remedies a few weeks before the season allergies or just the beginning. "

9 Licorice

Licorice is rich in glycyrrhizin, which "would help stop the production of IgE, which would reduce the severity of various allergic reactions, both skin and respiratory" says Dr. Yong-Wook Shin, University of Ulsan, Korea. To relieve your allergies, take an infusion of the root of this plant.

10 Turmeric

Turmeric is a plant in India, which is used to prepare the curry; but "Turmeric Extract help block the production of IgE, it would be effective to relieve or prevent the symptoms of allergic reactions," says Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal, University of Texas at Houston.

To breathe better

According to Dr. Aggarwal, "Allergens usually swell the bronchi, which makes breathing difficult, turmeric extract however, relieve inflammation, preventing breathing problems, so it might even help asthmatics."

11 Magnesium

"This mineral protect lungs and improve breathing also help avoid sneezing caused by allergies," said Dr.. Debra Bruce, University of South Florida. "Consume this mineral through foods such as almonds, sunflower seeds and dark green leafy vegetables."

12 Vitamin C

"Vitamin C is a powerful antihistamine," explains Dr. James Duke, University of North Carolina, "Thanks to this, vitamin C help control and even prevent allergic reactions by testing it consume enough fruits rich in this vitamin, such as citrus and guava. " 

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