About 36 million people may be cursing spring right now: that’s the number of people in the United States who suffer from seasonal allergies. Whether you’re a victim yourself or you’re just trying to help out your sneezing, coughing, sniffling readers, HowStuffWorks.com posted some info about allergies your doctor may have never thought to tell you:
Want 25 home-remedies for allergies? Heck, how about 27.
1. Avoid the culprit – whether it’s kitty cats or spring-time flowers.
2. Rinse your eyes with cool water.
3. Try a warm washcloth.
4. Use saline solution.
5. Wash your hair.
6. Take a shower.
7. Wear glasses on a windy day.
8. Beware of the air, especially on smoggy days.
9. Make your home a no-smoking zone.
10. Keep the windows shut.
11. Go bare – floors we mean.
12. Filter your vacuum.
14. Think before you burn, and consider staying away from the fireplace when it’s in use.
15. If you have a wood stove, don’t choke down the fire.
16. Leave the mowing to someone else. (Someone is probably happy about this one!)
17. Wash your pet.
18. When doing laundry, make sure your final rinse really rinses.
19. Call the hotel when planning trips.
20. Take a bath with baking soda.
21. Drink tea, and lots of it.
22. Apply a bag of ice to your sinuses.
23. Got hives? Cover yourself with milk.
24. Try a dollop of Wasabi.
25. Douse your skin with basil tea for more relief from hives.
26. Suck salt water up your nose.
27. Breathe steam.
Pollen suffers from mistaken identity. You know the drill — runny nose, scratchy eyes and headaches arise the minute you step outside to smell the roses. If you want to point a finger, unfortunately you can’t blame pollen. Your body mistakes it for invaders like fungal spores and dust mites and triggers the release of histamine, a natural chemical that’s part of your immune system response.
Hate the way antihistamines make you feel? Some people swear by honey. According to the theory, honey acts as a vaccine with a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that cause allergy symptoms. Therefore, by eating honey and introducing these spores into the body in small amount, you become accustomed and decrease the chance of releasing histamine.