Can you get through allergy season—naturally?iStock/bluecinema
Seasonal allergies are annoying, and so are the drugs you pop to relieve sneezing, sniffling, and itchy, red eyes. (They tire you out! They’re expensive!) While you can’t reduce the pollen in the air, you might be able to limit the number of drugs you take in response. “The biggest trend we see in allergies isn’t technology and it isn’t medicine—it’s the tendency to go for a more natural treatment,” says Brunilda Nazario, MD, medical editor at WebMD. Here are some natural remedies for allergies to keep your symptoms at bay.
Rinse with saline before symptoms strike.iStock/Central IT Alliance
Head off allergies by starting to treat them before you feel anything, advises Nathanael Horne, MD, of New York Medical College. This is especially important these days, as allergy season seems to start earlier every year. One step is to spritz a saline rinse into your nose daily to wash away pollen. This method won’t necessarily take the place of medication, but it could reduce your need for drugs. In one study, participants who rinsed their sinuses twice a day for three to six weeks reported less nasal congestion than those who didn’t. Allergists with allergies swear by saline rinses and these other tricks to nip their symptoms in the bud.