With the arrival of spring, come and sneezing, irritation or inflammation of the eyes, reactions that are associated with seasonal allergies. Allergic rhinitis, a known cause of sneezing, nasal congestion and irritation of eyes, affecting up to 30% of the population worldwide.
Often resort to industrial medicine for allergies, ranging from antihistamines, which reduce the sneezing, the decongestant, which helps eliminate mucus. If they prove ineffective, some people are addressed finally have their physician to prescribe the drug combinations.
But antihistamines cause drowsiness one in five users. According to the American Foundation for asthma and allergies, antihistamines can fight up to 80% of the symptoms, but rarely eliminate them all. And oral decongestants can cause headaches, sleeplessness and rapid heartbeat.
So if you do not like to rush to the pharmacy when allergy season begins, try these alternative and natural remedies to counteract the factors allergens.
1. Eat burdock
Burdock is a plant that is used for headaches, fever and nasal allergies, and to block chemicals that can cause swelling of nasal passages. In a 2002 study of 125 patients found that butterbur has similar effects to an antihistamine, but without causing drowsiness. You can buy tablets burdock Plafar stores or you can drink as a tea.
2. Do not avoid nettle leaves
Using the root of this plant is documented since medieval times as a diuretic. Nowadays, nettle capsules are used for those affected by allergic rhinitis. It has been proven to help reduce the amount of histamine in the body. So if you have problems with urination, use the leaves, but not the root.
3. Sip some apple cider vinegar
Drink apple cider vinegar to increase your potassium levels, which will help eliminate nasal mucus. This drink helps to eliminate mucus from the body, allowing you to breathe again. Do not drink it easy, but trying to dilute it in water or cook it with lemon juice.
4. Eat foods probiotics
Eat fruit and yogurt desserts. Although mainly used for balancing intestinal bacteria proved that probiotics (found in yogurt) protects the immune system of children who suffer from allergic rhinitis.
5. Wash your nose with nasal irrigation
Nasal irrigation with a saline solution is draining from one country to another, to remove mucus using specific containers such as Neti pots, which look like small kettles, or syringes with bulbous. A 2006 study showed that nasal irrigation was beneficial for patients suffering from allergic rhinitis.
6. Take a hot shower
Not only temporary steam helps clean the sinuses, but the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology recommended to take a shower once you enter the house, to clean up all the pollen taken from the air.
7. Inhale eucalyptus oil
Scented oil, made from the dried leaves of this plant, is commonly used to relieve allergy due to its ability to reduce inflammation. A 2010 study found that eucalyptus oil is beneficial for certain respiratory problems such as asthma.
Eucalyptus oil in a bowl placed on the desktop or lightly massage the chest (only 3 drops) can help you breathe easier.
8. Eat spicy food
Spicy hot food to chew with cayenne pepper, onion, garlic and ginger will help to reduce the viscosity of mucus.
9. Try acupuncture
Most people are afraid of traditional Chinese medicine practice involving the introduction of thin needles into strategic points, but studies show that it is effective in patients with allergic rhinitis.