How To Relieve Sinus Allergies Naturally
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18th Jul 2012, 03:58 PM #1
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How To Relieve Sinus Allergies Naturally
These proven natural treatments and remedies are an extremely effective way of relieving sinus allergy symptoms and improving this medical condition.
When harmless environmental substances such as danders, dust, pollen, and mold cause an over reaction within the human body this is called an allergy. these allergy producing substances are called allergens. An allergy is a disorder of the immune system.
Allergens cause the activation of a certain type of antibody known as IgE. This antibody triggers the release of certain chemicals from cells in your nose such as histamine, resulting in an extreme inflammatory response and the associated sinus allergy symptoms.
The main causes of allergies are as follows;- hereditary (runs in the family), race, sex (boys have a higher risk of developing an allergy than girls) age, alteration in exposure to infectious diseases during early childhood, environmental pollutants, allergen levels and dietary changes.
Sinus allergy symptoms result from the nasal passages becoming inflamed after breathing in allergens such as pollen, dust, mold etc. The varied symptoms are;- blocked nasal passages, runny nose, itching and sneezing, post nasal drip, sore ears, sore throat, snoring and disturbed sleep, loss/poor sense of smell, headaches and inability to concentrate.
The following natural treatments have helped many sinus allergy sufferers and are extremely effective.
Natural nasal sprays
SinuSoothe in particular is doctor recommended and contains natural ingredients which relieve inflammation, nasal congestion, sinus pain, headaches, removes airborne irritants etc. SinuSoothe contains natural anti-histamines that relieve a runny, itchy nose and sneezing etc. and desensitizes the nasal passages to allergens. It also removes airborne allergens. SinuSoothe can be used long term, is non – addictive and has no side effects. It provides not only a ‘quick fix’ but also a long term solution for sinusitis sufferers.
Sterimar saline nasal spray
This in particular is useful at removing airborne allergens and relieving nasal congestion. It improves sinus drainage and comes in isotonic or hypertonic solutions. It does not reduce histamine or desensitize the nasal passages to allergens. Sterimar is completely safe and non-addictive.
A neti pot or some other similar device is used to flush out nasal allergens and relieve nasal congestion. A saline solution is used and can be either isotonic or hypertonic. An isotonic solution has a salt concent the same as the human body whereas a hypertonic solution has a higher salt content. This is a good practice for maintaining sinus hygiene.
Allergies that cause nasal congestion would benefit from natural anti-histamines. Butterbur and stinging nettle etc. are all excellent and can be just as effective as the OTC anti-histamines. What’s more they don’t cause the side effects associated with their pharmaceutical counterparts.
The symptoms of sinus allergies are caused by inflammation, therefore by reducing the inflammation you will reduce the symptoms. Natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamin C, turmeric, ginger and omega oils can be used on a regular basis.
For hay fever sufferers special gels can be applied inside the nostrils to catch pollen.
Improving immune system
Eating a nutritional diet and supplementing with the essential vitamins and minerals is essential to having a strong immune system. Vitamin C. B complex, garlic, zinc, multi-vitamins etc. can all be found at health stores and can be beneficial. Thes combined with proper sleep, relaxation and exercise can help regulate the allergy response.
Measures of prevention
You can minimise the allergy response by taking precautions such as reucing the amount of soft furnishings/carpets which can harbour dust mites etc. and keeping away from areas with a high pollen count.
Before using new treatments please speak with a doctor first.