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Holistic Strategies for Eliminating Environmental Allergy Symptoms

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It is estimated that over 50 million Americans face allergy symptoms each year. From pet dander to tree pollen, there are numerous environmental triggers that can cause an individual to experience an allergic reaction. But the good news is, aside from conventional medicine, researchers have found numerous ways to holistically treat and eliminate environmental allergy symptoms. Start feeling like yourself again by utilizing the following recommendations for natural allergy relief.

Eliminate allergy triggers from your home
The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that the air inside your home can contain 5 times more pollutants than the air outside. The most common allergens found indoors are mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, and dust. Even conventional cleaning products can trigger an allergic reaction. To reduce symptoms caused by allergens in your home, it is most effective to remove the source. For example, if pet dander and pollen are the primary culprits, invest in home air filters that specifically remove those allergens from the air. Also, if you are having symptoms due to the cleaning supplies you use, switch to more natural alternatives. Most cleaning supplies can even be made at home using ingredients such as lemon, vinegar, and baking soda.

Apple cider vinegar
Several scientific studies have shown that regularly consuming apple cider vinegar can support the body when experiencing allergy symptoms. In 2017, researchers found that the combination of apple cider vinegar and a probiotic could help boost the immune system. Several other studies have linked apple cider vinegar with a reduction in inflammation, which is especially important for controlling allergy symptoms. It is also thought that the substance can help break down mucus, and assist in lymphatic draining.

Receiving acupuncture regularly
Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal showed that acupuncture can reduce the symptoms of allergies. The same study found that regular acupuncture treatments can also reduce the need to take antihistamines. By targeting specific locations on the body, acupuncture is thought to calm the body and bring its systems into balance. Although the best results are said to be achieved over the course of multiple treatments, patients have reported relief after the first acupuncture session.

The use of a neti pot
In both holistic and conventional medicine, neti pots are now one of the top recommended ways to alleviate environmental allergy symptoms. By flowing warm water and salt in and out the nasal passages, the majority of the inhaled allergens are washed away. Whether the concern is indoor or outdoor allergens, neti pots are useful in either scenario. To yield the best results, experts recommend that you use the neti pot both in the morning and in the evening. Oftentimes, users experience immediate relief of nasal congestion. Over time, allergy symptoms decrease, as inhaled allergens do not have time to cause problems.

Wear an allergen-blocking mask when venturing outside
When seasonal allergies are at their worst, even the best remedies may not work fully. This is especially true if you have to spend extended periods of time outside. The act of constantly breathing in outdoor allergens can quickly cause symptoms to escalate. To prevent symptoms when working outside, wear an allergen-blocking mask. These masks are so effective that they can actually improve symptoms within minutes. Various mask filters provide different levels of protection. It is recommended that you seek out a mask with a particle filter of N95 or better. Depending on how frequently you plan to use the mask, you can also buy a hand washable mask instead of a disposable option.

Natural alternatives to conventional allergy treatments are effective and easy to find. Whether you are trying to prevent symptoms of outdoor, indoor, or both kinds of allergens, there are numerous research backed steps that you can take to feel better again. Added remedies to the ones listed above include purchasing an air purifier with a HEPA filter for your home or office, using homeopathic allergen tablets from a local holistic health store, and ensuring that you are getting plenty of regular exercise. Rather than sticking with just one suggestion, use all of the strategies that you find help you the best in your fight against allergy symptoms.


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