I’ve heard on the news several times within the past few weeks that this is going to be a doozy of an allergy season for sufferers. Indeed, this past week has been remarkably rough for me – constant sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and serious fatigue. Because I suffer from year-round allergies, I take a daily over-the-counter anti-histamine tablet. And when things get especially bad, I add 12-hour pseudoephedrine to the mix. Unfortunately, my symptoms were so bad this week, I had to resort to Benadryl, which brings me relief, but also knocks me out stone cold. It’s tough to be a productive member of society when you are essentially hiding from your allergies via a self-induced coma.
My experiences of this past week have encouraged me to research homeopathic seasonal allergy remedies in hopes that I can find some relief while still being able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Here are some natural allergy remedies for getting your seasonal allergies under control.
Neti Pot: I’ve had some success with saline nasal rinses in the past, but usually I’m too congested to use a neti pot. There has to be some airflow through your nasal passages in order to allow the solution to flow from one side of your nose and out the other, rinsing pollen and other irritants from the nose. The neti pot is even recommended by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology for allergy sufferers. Be sure to always use distilled or boiled water when using the neti pot to avoid infection.
Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese medical practice is based on the thought that stimulating points outside of the body can change or initiate reactions inside. Treatment is thought to affect the immune system, which is where allergic reactions originate. A recent study has shown that people who went for weekly acupuncture treatments had significantly fewer problems breathing than their counterparts who did not receive treatment. However, benefits were shown to stop once treatment was discontinued. Acupuncture can be pricey, so if this option interests you, see if there is a community acupuncture clinic in your area. These clinics provide treatment at a fraction of the price charged by private providers.
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