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5 natural seasonal allergy remedies you need this spring

Allergies are no fun for anyone. They can cause a number of symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, sore eyes, rashes, and even asthma. Depending on the time of the year, where you live, and what you’re allergic to — be it pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, insect stings, or certain foods — it can be difficult to be outside or find relief. While there are a number of over-the-counter medications you can try, there are also natural antihistamines and seasonal allergy natural remedies that you may find offer the same, if not more, relief for seasonal allergies.

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Avoidance

This may seem like an obvious one, but if you can avoid the allergen in everyday life, do so. While certain allergens are unavoidable unless you never go outside, others can be avoided if you maintain distance. If you are allergic to a drug, talking to your doctor about alternative medications can help. If you have a dander allergy, you may not be able to bring home that kitten you’ve had your eye on. If you have a tree nut allergy, be diligent about reading food labels and asking restaurants for a list of ingredients.

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Butterbur

In a 2003 review, butterbur — also known as Petasites hybridus — was found to be effective in treating itchy eyes the same way an oral antihistamine could. They are perennial plants with large rhubarb-like leaves during the growing season. Its extract can be put into pill form and taken as a relief for some allergy symptoms, like this one on Amazon. As always, check with your health care provider before you start taking any new supplements.

ACs and dehumidifiers

Removing moisture from the air with air conditioners and dehumidifiers can limit the growth of mold spores and mildew that can cause allergic reactions. Depending on where you’ve, humidity can creep into your home and spaces like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and even kitchens, which can hold moisture more than other rooms in your home. When the humidity goes above 50%, that’s when you’ll want to try a dehumidifier.

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Vitamin D

A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to allergies, asthma, eczema, and anaphylaxis. Several studies have shown vitamin D supplements may reduce inflammation and allergic reactions in some people. Every person has different vitamin D needs, so talk to your doctor to find out if you are deficient ,and how much you should be taking. The general recommendation from the Mayo Clinic is 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D daily.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a favorite for those who prefer natural healing remedies. Quercetin has been shown to reduce the release of histamine, a major driver of allergic reactions, to control allergy symptoms. It’s naturally found in foods like broccoli, cauliflower, green tea, and citrus fruits. Quercetin is also available in tablet or capsule form.

All of the above have shown to provide relief in those who suffer from allergies. While there is evidence that home remedies can be effective, it’s always best to discuss them with your doctor before trying them out, just to be on the safe side. The last thing you want is to fix one problem and create another. Make sure you also get a full diagnosis from an allergist so you know exactly what to watch out for and items you should avoid altogether.

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