Allergic reactions to usually harmless substances (allergens) are fast and predictable. An allergy is one of four types of hypersensitivity called Type I for immediate. Common reactions include rash, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, swelling and conjunctivitis . A hypersesnsitivity disorder of the immune system is actually a response to a false alarm that your body is under attack. This article includes some home remedies for allergies.
Mild allergies affect a large part of the population with symptoms like runny nose and sneezing. In some people, severe allergies to the environment, food and medication can be life threatening. These are called anaphylactic reactions.
Today, there are a number of tests that can be done to diagnose an allergic reaction. This can lead to successful treatments such as anti-histamines, steroids, immunotherapy and, the most basic, avoiding direct contact with the known allergen. Some of the most common allergens are pollen, mold spores, pet dander, food, insect bites and medicines.
Here are recommended links from the U.S. National Library of Medicine for treatments and medications:
Allergy Medications: Know Your Options
Allergy Shots: Could They Help Your Allergies
Anaphylaxis: First Aid
Asthma and Allergy Medications
Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion
Itching for Allergy Relief?
Nasal Wash Treatment
Allergy Home Remedies
Use spicy sauce like Wasabi or Horseradish
Chinese folk remedy: douse the skin with Basil Tea
Breathe in steam
Wrap ice cubes with a wash cloth and hold to your sinuses
Hot Tea with Peppermint
Soak a cloth with milk and hold it to the skin for 15 minutes
New England folk remedy: Baking Soda Bath
Here are some great tips and home remedies on fighting the causes of allergies:
If you wake at night coughing, take a shower to wash off any pollen residue
Wears glasses when outside
Stay inside as much as possible on heavy pollen count days
Keep the windows shut
Use a vacuum cleaner with a powerful exhaust filter
Think about switching to tile floors instead of carpet
Use a dehumidifier
Hire someone to mow the lawn
Wash the family pet often
As we said at the beginning of this article, allergies affect a large part of the population. We hope this has pointed you in a direction that will help in your research and provided some helpful home remedies. Below are some more links to relative websites:
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