Many people suffer from allergies, or have loved ones and family who do, and the suffering can often increase depending on the season of the year.
There are many retail products available to allergy sufferers who want to gain relief from their symptoms as quickly as possible with minimal side effects, so they can get back to working effectively and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.
There are also a number of natural options that allergy sufferers can turn to for relief.
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The Natural Standard recently reported on allergy treatments.
Seasonal allergies impact millions of people every year. Many allergies are inherited or run in families – they are often passed to children from their parents.
Although many people inherit the tendency of being allergic, they may not inherit a specific allergy.
Treatment of allergies often depends on two issues: the type of allergy and the severity of your symptoms.
Allergy medications used by many sufferers include nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines. Allergy shots can be given to patients if allergies are chronic and long-lasting.
Along with traditional drugs found at the local pharmacy or store, there are many natural remedies that have been studied and found to help treat and prevent allergies. Some of these are:
- Butterbur: This perennial shrub can be found in Europe, some parts of Asia and in North America. Butterbur can have similar benefits to well-known prescription drugs such as Allegra and Zyrtec. Study results suggest butterbur can help fight allergic rhinitis, nasal congestion and inflammation.
- Probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus has become one of the most widely used probiotics – which are essentially microorganisms that can be used to promote improved health. Research on animals suggests that lactobacillus acidophilus may decrease allergic immune responses. There is also evidence that milk, which contains the substance, can reduce the severity of hay fever symptoms – but some studies have produced conflicting results. Research also indicates that bifidobacterium longum, or BB536 – a bacterium that creates lactic and acetic acid – could decrease symptoms that come with Japanese cedar pollen allergies.
- Stinging nettle: Primarily found in Europe, Africa, the United States and Canada, this perennial plant stinging nettle has been employed for medicinal purposes as a medicinal agent since ancient times. For many years, a freeze-dried version has been recommended by doctors and sold over-the-counter, often to treat allergic rhinitis. But the Standard reports that more study is needed to support using nettle for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.
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