Monday, March 23, 2015

Aaachoo! Spring Allergies What's the Deal? Part 2

 Now, that we have discussed some of the reasons that our allergy symptoms occur let's discuss how to handle our symptoms with over-the-counter and natural remedies. I suffer from springtime allergies and use over-the-counters (OTC's) and natural remedies to relieve my allergy symptoms and I find that both work well for me and I research to find out if there are any reasons not to take a natural with an OTC. Please be advised that these are only recommendations and you should consult your primary care physician before taking or changing any remedy.

 Most OTC's are antihistamines take the histamine that your immune system releases in response to the pollen in the air. These OTC's can also relieve itching, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. OTC's work the best when taken before the symptoms occur as they get time to build up in your millstream and can prevent the release of histamine. Decongestant OTC's cut down on the fluid lining of your nose and relieves swollen nasal passages.

  Some natural remedies for relieve from symptoms include:
    1. Butterbur, which is a European shrub
    2. Quercetin, which is a flavanoid found in apples, onions and black-tea
    3. Stinging Nettle, which come from the plant Urtica Dioica
    4. Nasal irrigation, which is a combination of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.

Now, that we know a little more about our allergies and how to handle them we can enjoy more time this spring.

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