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5 Natural Ways to Treat Allergies

Men's Health logo Men's Health 3/8/2017 Alanna Nuñez

Allergies © Photograph by Getty Images Allergies Here's how to combat watery eyes, a runny nose, and more annoying symptoms

Allergy season is officially upon us. In fact, it’s apparently 10 to 20 days early on the East coast, courtesy of the recent nice weather we’ve enjoyed. Great! Except not, because with allergy season comes itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, scratchy throat, and the sniffles. I think we can all agree that allergy symptoms are the worst. The question is, what can you do about them?

Some people turn to shots or medication, but if you’re looking for extra relief, hate getting shots, or simply want to try a new method, there are a few at-home remedies you can try. Time rounded up a few easy DIY methods you can try. Maybe one of them will work for you. (Or you could try growing a beard or a mustache. Facial hair supposedly acts as a natural barrier to allergens like pollen. No word on how effective it really is, though. You’ll have to try it out and let me know.)

  1. Take a probiotic. It’s possible that probiotics help regulate your immune system’s response to allergens, and a recent study suggests that people who take probiotics suffer fewer allergy symptoms than those who don’t.
  2. Try acupuncture. A 2013 study found that people who took antihistamines and received acupuncture suffered fewer symptoms than those who got fake acupuncture or didn’t receive any at all.
  3. Apply a cold compress. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, told Time that when his own allergies get bad, he applies a cold washcloth to his face for a few minutes. “When the itching and irritation get really bad, it can really provide a quick moment of escape,” he said. I can confirm that this method works and even when you don’t have allergies, doing this is super relaxing, so you should try it anyway.
  4. Keep your windows closed. This helps prevent pollen, dust, and other allergens from sneaking their way into your home.
  5. Take off your “outdoor” clothes immediately when you get home. Showering before bed will also help. Both will minimize the amount of time you spend breathing in different allergens.
<p>Thanks to climate change, <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/allergy-season?cid=isynd_PV_0416">every allergy season is the worst allergy season ever</a>. Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have led to more potent and allergenic pollen, while warmer temperatures have led to earlier springs and longer allergy seasons. That certainly bodes well for birds and cherry blossom festivals, but it could leave you feeling miserable if you suffer from spring allergies.</p><p>The good news is that <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/natural-allergy-relief?cid=isynd_PV_0416">natural allergy relief</a> is within an arm's reach of your refrigerator: Foods rich in vitamin C and folic acid help reduce the inflammation associated with allergic reactions, and studies are finding that some herbs are just as effective as expensive drugs.</p><p>Grab your grocery cart and stock your produce bin with these 15 natural allergy remedies.</p><p>The article <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/health/15-foods-that-fight-spring-allergies?cid=isynd_PV_0416">15 Foods That Fight Spring Allergies</a> originally ran on RodaleWellness.com.</p> 15 Foods That Fight Spring Allergies

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