Treatments of Allergy
Becoming aware of what triggers your allergies is necessary so you can find the best treatment. Since medications can change, be discontinued or have something new introduced to the market, it is important to keep in contact with your doctor. It is advised to avoid any supplements that may have Echinacea which can make your symptoms worse.
Natural herbs and supplements can be very effective if started a few weeks before allergy season.
- Quercetin – contains a chemical called flavonoid found in tea, tomatoes, onions, and grapes. A flavonoid found in Quercetin has anti-inflammatory that can block the histamines effects. This is recommended to take twice a day and, works best if taken with vitamin C.
- Butterbur extract – a herb that can help block the production of leukotrienes which tightens airways and is as effective as antihistamines. It is recommended to be taken 4 times a day.
- Grape seed extract and goldenseal can also reduce the symptoms of an allergy attack when used in conjunction with vitamin C.
A saline nasal flushing solution can remove pollen and dust from your nasal passages. You can make this at home with sterile water, ¼ teaspoon non-iodized salt and baking soda. Some doctors recommend using a neti pot which will clear nasal passages also but will help prevent dryness in the nose.To use this method, you must lean over a sink, tilt head to one side and squeeze or pour the solution into each nostril, one at a time.
SCIT or subcutaneous immunotherapy, are injections of allergens at increasing doses so your immune system becomes less sensitive. This treatment has had a very good success rate in providing relief. Typically, the treatment is weekly shots for 3 to 6 months, then continues once a month for 3 to 5 years.
Some nasal sprays, oral antihistamines, and eye drops can be purchased directly at a store or pharmacy. These can work well in reducing symptoms for about 8 to 12 hours, but they work even better if used with a prescription specifically for allergies.
If you’re not allergic to hot spicy foods, cayenne pepper, hot ginger, fenugreek, onions, and garlic have shown to thin the mucous secreting glands and relieve nasal mucous.
Prevention for Allergy
There is no absolute way to prevent allergies so avoiding the causes of the allergy is the most effective, but not always the easiest, way to not have a reaction. Mixing natural remedies with traditional drugs can cause severe reactions as some natural remedies can contain other allergens. Once you know what causes your allergies, track your symptoms, avoid the allergens as much as possible by staying indoors at high-allergen times of day, add HEPA filters to your homes air-conditioner, and dust proof your home. And, of course, avoid the foods that trigger your reactions.
So, we can draw the conclusion from the above discussion that people should be aware of different types of Allergy and their causes and more important to know what are the possible treatments for Allergy?