Allergy is an overreaction of one’s immune system to a foreign element that enters the body. It’s a deadly condition that can strike us anytime, anywhere.
People have unique allergy triggers. Some are allergic to food, like shrimp or chicken, while others are allergic to either dust or pollen.
While there are many ways to trigger allergies, there are also many ways on how a body reacts to these, like skin irritation, watery eyes, and/or sneezing.
In the event that your allergy strikes, here are a few remedies you can do to defeat your attacks and prevent it from getting worse:
- Nasal rinse
Your nose may have captured dirt or pollen that you may be allergic to. For this situation, a thorough nasal rinse cleans the mucus and other pollen inside your nose. Rinsing your sinuses can also cut down postnasal drip and, ultimately, ease your allergy symptoms.
If you’re going to use a nasal bulb, make sure that you use warm distilled or sterilized water with a mixture of salt.
- Drink water
It’s usual for those with allergies to have a stuffy nose. Drinking more water than your usual intake can help clear your nasal passages and give you relief. You could also prepare hot drinks, like tea, if you want to add flavor in your drinks.
- Give yourself some steam
Breathing steam is one of the easiest way to deal with nasal congestion. If you have hot shower in your bathroom, turn it on and sit there for a while, let the steam unclog your nose. If you don’t, boil some water in a pot and inhale its steam.
TIP: You can also use eucalyptus oil when doing your steam session. Its aroma can help open your sinuses and nasal passages.
- Go for a nice body rinse
Going outdoors exposes you to different allergens. Always take a shower upon going home to remove these allergens from your skin and hair. Also, make sure that your used clothes are placed in the clothes hamper to prevent the pollens from spreading the house.
- Take your meds
The methods mentioned above may not be feasible when your allergies are triggered outside of your home. Make sure that you always have antihistamines, decongestants, and/or hydrocortisone creams with you just in case.
While these methods will help you stop allergy attacks, make sure that you know what your allergy triggers are. Schedule a checkup with your doctor to see which elements you are allergic to. Visit ManilaMed for more eye health care facts.