6 Home Based Remedies to Fight Common Allergies

Are you compelled to stay indoors due to a stuffy nose, sore throat, excessive sneezing, and itching? If you are always busy in coughing and throat clearing that would not get better no matter what you do, remember you need to ensure that your home is free of allergic triggers. Your nasal misery and watery eyes might be an outcome of pollution, daily exposure to chemicals/toxins in the environment or seasonal allergens. Tightening up in eight major areas may go a long way toward soothing your allergy symptoms of all kinds, without resorting to conventional drugs.[irp]

Encase your Mattress in Plastic: Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust. Dust mites eat dead skin from humans. You probably shed enough skin a day to feed a million dust mites. Signs of dust mite allergy include a runny nose and sneezing which might be accompanied by signs of asthma, such as wheezing with difficulty in breathing.  A mild case of dust mite allergy may cause an occasional runny nose with watery eyes and sneeze. In severe cases, the condition may be chronic, resulting in persistent sneezing, cough, congestion, or severe asthma attack. To keep the dust mites away; you should put airtight plastic dust-mite covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Use pillows filled with polyester fibers also keeps them away. Wash bed linens frequently in hot water.

Avoid Unnecessary Carpeting: Home carpets also act as a virtual magnet for allergens like dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other potentially aggravating proteins which might be the culprit that sends you into a sneezing frenzy. Thus, if you suspect any allergies, unnecessary indoor carpeting should be eliminated, sticking to stone/tile floors.

Green Cleaning Products: Keeping your home hygienic with green cleaning products also might help in cutting down chemical exposure that aggravates allergy.

Vacuum Instead of Dusting: Moreover, you should check the manner of cleaning your furniture and dusting, as the process of cleaning can stir up dust particles, making them easier to inhale. Dust allergies also make it difficult to breathe and may trigger asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. You should refrain from frequently dusting your furniture as it redistributes the dust mites. Instead, you should vacuum frequently to remove them.  Clean your house regularly, using a central vacuum or a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Wear a filter mask while dusting, sweeping or vacuuming.

Limit Exposure to Animals and Flowers: Additionally, limit your exposure to the allergy suspects like flowers and known irritants. Perfumes are also known to aggravate allergy. Keep pets out of the bedroom, most preferably out of the house to protect you from their dander (skin flakes), saliva and urine can cause an allergic reaction, especially when combined with household dust.

Nasal Spray: You might also need to use a saline spray or ‘neti pot’ to remove allergens from your nasal passages or consider acupuncture or allergy shots as it can help in desensitizing your system. If these efforts do not provide you with enough relief, you should consult your physician; who might prescribe decongestants and antihistamines which are the most common allergy medications

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