Natural Remedies for Everyday Allergies
Living with allergies is a lifelong journey and some of the most beautiful things out there may cause symptoms like sneezing or blocked nose to act up. While antihistamines are great to have on hand, especially in case of emergencies, natural remedies can also be added to complement your allergy management regime.1 Whether you are looking for natural allergy defence and maintenance or for a little more support on severe allergy days, here are some natural remedies to help. These include minimal allergen exposure, lifestyle, and diet changes as well as the use of nasal sprays.
If you are familiar with your allergens, it is advised to avoid contact and exposure to them as much as possible. This also includes avoiding the consumption of certain foods if you are allergic to them if you have a food allergy .
Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is an essential to overall health and more so if you are dealing with allergies. Dehydration can influence your body’s antihistamine response to be more pronounced and produce more histamines, which is the chemical that triggers allergy symptoms to act up1.
Certain foods can help you in dealing with allergy symptoms. Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid) which is found in several plants and foods like onion and blueberries. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which can help stabilise and reduce the body’s histamine response to some allergies1.
Some have suggested that exercise and physical activity can help lessen allergy symptoms. One study found that regular exercise reduced the inflammation in the airways of people suffering allergic rhinitis or asthma2. In this case, allergic symptoms were seen to improve.
Specific allergies and their natural remedies
Nasal allergy generally forms in the nasal passage or nasal tract, the nose, and the sinus surrounding it.3 It is commonly known as allergic rhinitis and can be triggered by inhaling allergens.3 The common symptoms of this type of allergy are runny nose, sneezing, and blocked nose.3 Although most allergy symptoms are non-life threatening, their presence can impact your quality of life and your loved ones.
Nasal irrigation: Cleansing nasal passages from mucus, allergens, pollutants can help restore healthy breathing. With its naturally-sourced, drug-free formula from France, ClariCare® Daily nasal hygiene spray is a great option to alleviate allergy symptoms and nasal symptoms in case of upper respiratory tract infections (common cold, flu, sinusitis ), chronic rhinosinusitis and post-surgery. It is recommended in expert guidelines as an adjunctive treatment in allergic rhinitis3. For infants from 15 days, ClariCare® Baby nasal hygiene spray gently cleanses even the most sensitive baby noses and can be used together with a nasal aspirator.
Air filters: Using an air cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter can help to purify the air and decrease the amount of airborne allergens inside your home4.
Skin allergies occur when your skin comes in contact with an allergen you are sensitive to and triggers an immune reaction on your skin. Most skin allergy symptoms manifest as hives rash, itching, redness or bumps on skin and may appear on one part of the body or spread across large areas.
Oatmeal: The most commonly trusted home remedy involves the usage of oatmeal. This acts as an antioxidant and comprises anti-inflammatory properties. Application of oatmeal powder or paste on your skin may help to soothe itchy and red skin.
Compression: Placing a cold, moist cloth or taking cool showers may help to relieve and ease itching and irritated skin, as well as slow the progression of a rash. Avoid taking hot baths or showers.
Allergy symptoms do not have to ruin a good day. While keeping antihistamines handy is still recommended in the management of those pesky allergies for you and your loved ones, natural remedies such as ClariCare nasal hygiene sprays can help manage allergy symptoms naturally as part of living a healthy lifestyle. Fully embrace and experience each allergy-free day with confidence and joy.
- Natural Remedies for Allergies, verywellhealth , Accessed 17th September 2021
- Winter Exercise Reduces Allergic Airway Inflammation: A Randomized Controlled Study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , Accessed 21st December 2021.
- The diagnosis and management of rhinitis : an updated practice parameter. The Wallace et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2008 Aug 1;122(2): S1-84. 2.
- Air Filters, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology , Accessed 21st December 2021.
- Treating Your Skin Allergies at Home , Accessed 25th January 2022