Irrigating the nose with saline solution can help soothe upper respiratory allergies by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and cause inflammation. Saline solution can even wash away some of the inflammatory cells.
You can purchase saline solution at your local drugstore, or you can make your own fresh solution by mixing one teaspoon of salt in a pint of warm, distilled water and add a pinch of baking soda. Bend over a sink and sniff a bit of solution into one nostril at a time, allowing it to drain back out through the nose or mouth.
If you've spent long hours outdoors during the pollen season it’s a good idea to wash your hair to remove pollen after you come inside. Pollen is a sticky yellow particle that tends to collect on the hair, making it more likely to fall into your eyes.
If you wake up in the middle of the night with a coughing, sneezing allergy attack, a hot shower can wash off any pollen residues collected on your from being outside. It also helps open up your sinuses and make breathing a little easier. If your eyes are itchy and irritated rinsing your eyes with cool, clean water may also help soothe them. Although not as effective as a natural allergy remedy this remedy certainly can't do any harm.
Beware of the Air
Breathing polluted air can worsen allergy symptoms. Airborne toxins can cause allergies in some people. If you think air pollution triggers your attacks, spend as little time outdoors on smoggy days. Tobacco smoke is also an irritant and can cause and aggravate respiratory allergies.
A fresh breeze blowing through an open window may sound inviting, however for an allergy sufferer, it can fill the house with pollen. To minimize the affect, keep windows closed at all times. Air purifiers with HEPA filters, can help eliminate indoor pollen, but they also can stir up dust, which might worsen allergies.
Drink Peppermint Tea
Allergy sufferers often turn to hot tea to provide relief for clogged-up noses and irritated mucous membranes, and one of the best for symptom relief is peppermint tea. The essential oil in peppermint acts as a decongestant, and contains anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.
Steam your Face
Breathing steam refreshes and soothes irritated sinuses, as well as cleaning the nasal passages of mucus. Boil several cups of water and pour into a big bowl. Lean over the bowl, and drape a towel over your head. Breathe gently for 5 to 10 minutes.
After steaming, allow the water to cool until warm, saturate a washcloth, and hold the cloth on your sinuses to help relieve pressure.
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