Around 10-20% of the US population suffers from allergic rhinitis. It is a condition when your immune system overreacts to certain inhaled substances and as a result, your body tends to release chemicals causing allergic symptoms. Some common allergens that cause allergic rhinitis are grass or tree pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and airborne mold spores.
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Unlike a large number of population, some people are at higher risk of suffering from allergic rhinitis. It depends on their family history of allergies, weak immune system, etc. There are two types of allergic rhinitis – perennial that occurs throughout the year, and seasonal that obviously occurs at one particular season.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are a runny nose, repeated sneezing, itchy nose, watery/swollen eyes, and nasal congestion. It can also cause a sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, weakness, headaches, and dark circles under the eyes.
Medicines for allergic rhinitis.
You can rely on some over-the-counter medicines for quick relief, such as:
- Decongestants - These are used to relieve a runny nose.
- Antihistamines are good to help you with sneezing, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes.
- Eyedrops are to help red, itchy, and watery eyes.
- Corticosteroid nasal sprays are available as both over-the-counter and by prescription. These medicines are used to reduce nasal inflammation.
Prescription medicines: In case over-the-counter medicines don’t work for you, then consult a doctor for prescribed medicines, which include:
- Ipratropium bromide to relieve a runny nose.
- Leukotriene modifiers. To relieve sneezing, stuffy nose, itching, and runny nose.
While these given medicines are good to treat allergic rhinitis quickly, but to their chemical-induced ingredients, some of these may have certain side-effects as well. If you don’t want to risk any of the side-effects, you can try the following home remedies for treatment.
Steam is one good way to relieve nasal passage, as it clear the passage of mucous membrane for smooth breathing. It even stimulates the nerves of your nose to help you get rid of irritants, hence, relieve symptoms like the blocked nose, sneezing, headaches, and discomfort in the nasal passage. All you need to do is boil 5 cups of water and pour it into a big bowl. Now add 5 drops of tea tree oil in this hot water. Now, bring your head above the bowl of steaming hot water, cover your head with a thick towel and take the benefit of steam by inhaling and exhaling steam. You can repeat this treatment daily to flush out all allergens.
All thanks to its immune-boosting abilities, turmeric is one of the best remedies to treat allergic rhinitis naturally. It can even help in reduction of swelling and allergen activities that lead to a blocked nose, congestion, sore throat, and sneezing.
Remedy: You need to mix one tablespoon of roasted turmeric powder in one glass of warm milk. Drink this turmeric milk daily before going to bed to boost your immune system. Aside from that, you can even mix one tablespoon of turmeric with some honey and eat during the allergic season.
3. Saline Water
Nasal saline irrigation is another good way to help you relieve the symptoms of rhinitis. You need to take one cup of warm water and add I teaspoon of salt in it. Also, mix one pinch of baking soda for added benefits. Now, you can pass this solution from one nostril to another using a nasal bulb. This process will help in removing all excessive irritants and mucus from the nasal area.
For this remedy, take 2 tablespoons of grated ginger into one cup of water and boil it for 5 minutes. After stopping the flame, add 1 teaspoon of honey and drink it daily when you’ve got the allergies.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Add 1 tablespoon of ACV in warm water along with 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink it during the allergic season for benefits.