Hypersensitive reactions of immune systems or allergies as we commonly know them affect millions of us. Every season brings its share of allergies. Add to it, external factors like reaction to food ingredients, insect bites or pollution intolerance could all manifest themselves in immunity disorder ranging from mildly irritating to life-threatening.
While severe allergies warrant immediate medication, several common allergy types can be controlled by household remedies and allergy healing techniques. These may not all be clinically proven, but work very well to provide relief from allergic reactions.
In the following sections we outline the type of allergy and the household healing techniques associated with these allergy types:
Household Allergies and Allergy healing techniques:
- Saline solution (pollen/ dust allergy) – for many of us spring isn’t blossoming flowers and chirping birds, but the time of the year when pollen and light smoke inhalation leave them with redness and inflammation in their nose. Thankfully, a light saline solution is to rescue. It soothes the nasal channel and removes the irritant/inflamed cells. A pinch of baking soda helps too. Asthma patients please consult your physician before trying this. Commercial options include saline sprays and neti pots (which also provide sinus relief).
- Local Honey (pollen) – Not only is honey a proven anti-bacterial agent (guards against at least sixty different kinds of harmful bacteria!), it has pollen transferred by honey-bees from flower blossoms. A little bit of it in daily diet enhances pollen immunity
- Cold water bath/wash (pollen/ dust allergy) – Often the sneezing or irritation attacks from particles can be tackled with a cold shower or a bath to wash them away. Do ensure that surfaces you come in contact with: pillow-covers, duvets, even cellphones and keyboards are disinfected appropriately.
- Peppermint tea (sinus) – hot peppermint tea helps ease irritated mucous membranes and cleaning of clogged up nose. Peppermint is helpful both as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Washing the pets (fur allergy) – for those allergic to pet furs, washing your pet dogs or cats regularly and brushing their hair while still wet, is a necessary exercise.
- Cleaning carpets/ Moving to hard floors (dust allergy, fur allergy) – carpets are notorious for trapping dirt and dust particles which can definitely irritate your allergies. Vacuuming or cleaning regularly is an option, but it might be best to go ‘bare’ with hardwood floors.
- Air condition/de-humidify your space(mold, fungal allergy) – High humidity content, especially in homes closer to water bodies is a perfect recipe for fungal spores, mold or mildew growing around the house. Keeping the humidity levels in check is imperative.
- HEPA filters –high efficiency particulate air filters for your a/c, vacuum cleaner and windows help keep the irritants out of your eyes and nose.
- Anti-histamine herbs or medicines (food allergy, skin irritation) – While water and washing might provide a degree of relief, nothing quite works like antihistamines. Several natural herbs like butterbur or spirulina have been known for allergy relief.
- Steam (sinus, pollen allergy, dust allergy) – Inhaling steam helps ease and moisten nasal passage, relieves mucous membranes, and opens up clogged pores on your face. It relaxes the sinus and flushes out allergy irritants helping in healing allergies.
- Food spices (sinus) – several intense spices like mustard, wasabi, chili pepper, peppercorn and oriental spices have long been revered for relieving congestion of nose and activating the tear glands. Turmeric, another known Indian spice, contains curcumin – a known anti-congestant.
- White meat (food allergy) – Chicken and Turkey are better bets than Beef, Pork or Lamb. Not only do they have less saturated fat, they are also less prone to allergens and worms
- Avoid the Allergy agent (grass, food) – Often, with food allergies and grass allergies, drinking or showering with water has no effect. The best options are to stay away from those food types (seafood, peanuts) or fresh-cut grass as much as possible.
- Alum (insect bite, hives) – alum is a noted antihistamine helpful in curing insect bites or hives or red irritation patches as allergic reactions on your skin. Reasons could range from exposure to chemicals to bad food, but the remedy works!
Allergies are not uncommon in today’s world with the environment increasingly afflicted by pollution, rapidly changing seasons and food intolerance. Home remedies and handy first-aid medications help mitigate the effects and in healing allergies until a more serious diagnosis is underway.