Home Remedies For Allergies
A Brief Look At Home Remedies For Allergies
There are at least two ways to look at home remedies for allergies. One is to look for ways to relieve the symptoms encountered, and the other is a matter of prevention. Obviously not everything that one may be allergic to can be avoided, but in many instances they can.
Finding The Source - The first course of action is one of pinpointing the cause of an allergic reaction. The reaction may have a very specific cause, such as cat dander, or what is causing the allergy may be a little less clear, such as a certain types of food. When an allergic reaction tends to be mild, it's often not too difficult to find a means of relieving the symptoms. A severe reaction on the other hand may require medical attention, and may also require taking steps to avoid the substance or situation which led to the reaction.
Eyes And Nose - Allergic reactions very often affect the respiratory system, particularly the nasal cavities. Saline solutions are quite often effective in dealing with dealing with such a problem. The salt water often washes away the allergens or irritants that cause inflammation and sometimes swelling, leading to a runny or stuffy nose. Salt water with a pinch of baking soda added can be even more effective. If dust or pollen, or even cat dander, is the problem, rinsing the sinuses a couple of time a day with a salt and soda solution usually brings relief.
With some people an allergic reaction affects the eyes as well as the sinus cavities. In such a case rinsing the eyes with cool water will usually have at least a soothing effect, but often medicated eye drops will be needed to counteract the effects of the allergen.
Insofar as food allergies are concerned, the best home remedy is one of avoidance, especially since for some, food allergies can be quite severe and relying on home remedies for allergies of this type is often insufficient.
Allergen Avoidance - Home remedies for allergies designed to avoid specific allergens can seem to be quite drastic at times, but from the standpoint of the affected person, are more often than not worth it. Avoidance may mean keeping the windows closed during those times of the year when pollen is in the air, bearing in mind that often people only react to some types of pollen and not all types. Carpets may need to be cleaned or vacuumed almost on a daily basis, particularly if a pet in the house, usually a cat, is suspect. The house may need to be kept smoke free, which means not only tobacco smoke, but often smoke from a wood stove, which can be equally irritating. If a wood stove is a necessity, it will pay to keep the fire hot and the room adequately ventilated, to keep smoke and irritants from accumulating in the room.
Personal cleanliness can help as well, particularly in cases where the allergens involved are dust or pollen, which can accumulate in the air or in clothing. Besides keeping the hair and clothing as dust free as possible, a daily bath or shower does its part in just making the allergy sufferer feel a little bit better.
It's apparent that there are few if any home remedies for allergies that are totally effective. Most either tend to relieve symptoms or serve to lessen the chances of coming into contact with any allergens. If symptoms appear chronic, are severe, or the cause cannot be determined, it's always good advice to seek the help of a professional to determine not only the cause but a proper means of treatment.