In the simplest terms, an allergic reaction occurs when your immune system reacts too strongly to something. The symptoms of an allergic reaction are designed to help your body get rid of the allergen. Allergic reactions can range in severity. Mild reactions can cause hives, runny nose, itchy eyes while moderate reactions may have all of those plus facial swelling, nausea, and vomiting. Whatever causes your reaction is called a trigger or an allergen. You can have an allergic reaction to an allergen that you touch, (such as poison ivy) that you eat (such as shellfish), or that you inhale (like pollen). The chemical in your body that causes the reaction is histamine, and it usually is a controlled response to unwanted invaders in your body, inflammation, or injuries.
Whatever causes your allergic reaction, now it time to learn fifteen hacks to keep your allergic reaction at bay:
1. Eat locally sourced honey every day
Eat about one tablespoon of locally sourced honey each day. Local honey is produced by local bees, who pollinate the plants in your area. They carry the pollen back to their hives where their honey is collected. In effect, you are eating small amounts of pollen and building up a resistance to it.
2. Apple cider vinegar
It is believed, according to this home remedy, that drinking apple cider vinegar slows the release of your body’s histamines. One teaspoon a day is all it takes, but if you’re not brave enough to swallow it, you can get apple cider capsules instead.
3. Fish oil capsules
Oil from fish has many benefits, and one of them is helping to control allergy symptoms. Fish oil fights allergies at their source, by reducing leukotrienes, which is another chemical that causes allergic reactions.
4. Stay hydrated
Drinking water will discourage the release of histamines. Histamine is a good guy; like a bouncer in a nightclub, histamine wants to get rid of the rowdy party crowd that is causing trouble. Now and then, histamine goes rogue and overreacts to the party crowd, and this becomes an allergic reaction. When you are dehydrated, histamines race to the rescue to restore balance.
Eating more sushi can be helpful in reducing allergic reaction. Wasabi, commonly used in sushi, is a natural anti-inflammatory which can fight the symptoms of allergies.
6. Nasal saline rinse
A nose spray is a way to flush allergens out of your nasal passage and can provide nearly immediate relief for sinus pressure and congestion.
7. Workaround your allergies
There may be times of the day that your allergies aren’t as bad, or when allergens are at their lowest. Pollen, for instance, is lower at night and when it rains. Pollen is by far the leading cause of an inhaled allergic reaction, although allergies to dust and pet dander follow closely behind.
8. Use natural products to clean or do laundry
Chemicals and fragrances commonly used in household products are not only harsh, but they can also trigger contact and inhalation allergies. Look for all natural products to decrease your risk of an allergic reaction while doing the chores.
A few drops of peppermint oil on your tongue will open up your sinus passages nearly immediately. Spicy foods will do the same, plus spicy food will make your eyes water, flushing the allergens out of them.
10. Steam therapy
Use a neti pot or a bowl of hot water to give yourself a steam treatment. Add Vicks to the water to help clear your nasal passages which will help to reduce the allergic reaction.
11. Keep allergens out of your home
Change your air conditioner filters frequently, and add a HEPA filter to your cooling system. Also be sure to take your shoes and coat off as close to the door as you can to avoid tracking allergens into your home. Close your windows, even if it is a gorgeous spring day, to keep allergens outside where they belong. Lastly, shower as soon as you get home to remove any allergens from your clothes, skin, and hair.
12. Eat cauliflower and broccoli
Cruciferous vegetables contain Quercetin as do citrus fruits, green tea, and onions. Quercetin calms the airways, reducing a lot of common allergic reaction.
13. Green tea
Green tea has multiple benefits. It can help you to control allergies by blocking histamines, using a compound called EGCG. Drink one cup a day to see fewer allergy symptoms.
14. Wear sunglasses
Wearing eye protection will help you keep allergens out of your eyes. People with known severe allergic reactions will often carry medication that they can administer to themselves to slow or reverse the reaction.
15. Learn your triggers
Not all allergic reactions are equal. A reaction can range from mildly annoying to life-threatening depending on the allergen and the person experiencing the reaction. If you can’t get to the bottom of why you are having reactions, it’s time for professional help. An allergist is a specialist who will find out what you’re allergic to, and how to fight the allergies.
The allergic reaction can strike anytime, anywhere. They are always lurking, ready to take the fun out of any spring, summer or fall day. Therefore, be prepared by following these 15 hacks to keep allergies at bay.