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3 Home Remedies for Allergies

3 Home Remedies for Allergies

There's a story in a medical journal about a guy who cleared his sinuses by humming loudly and often -- 60 to 120 times, four times a day. Hmmm. Fortunately for seasonal allergy sufferers and everyone around them, there are better proven home remedies for allergies that will help you breathe easier and get allergy relief:

Neti-pot your nose. If you feel like you're single-handedly keeping Kleenex in business, try to clear your sinuses. The best way to do this is to use a neti pot. Sounds weird, but many people swear by it. You fill what looks like a genie lamp with warm saltwater, stand over a sink, head tilted sideways, and slowly pour the liquid into one nostril; it streams out the other. It's not uncomfortable. Saline sprays also help with allergy relief (as measured by a test called -- in what must have been one of the lighter moments in the lab -- the SNOT-20), but not as much.

Keep pollen out. One of the common-sense home remedies for allergies is to keep your indoor air cleaner. Try the following:

  • Leave your shoes at the door to avoid tracking in pollen.
  • Shower at night so you don't bring pollen to bed.
  • Buy a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter system and change or wash the filter at least once a month.
  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • Don't hang clothes outside to dry or air out since pollen may cling to them.

Take a mind trip. Picture yourself breathing easily on a snowy mountain. People who learn enough simple self-hypnosis to do this (takes a couple of hours) can see real improvements in hay fever symptoms. It takes practice (about a year), but it's free, and it knocks down your stress levels, too.

Medically reviewed in February 2018.

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