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Sneeze Patrol: How to Stifle Seasonal Allergies

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Natural Treatments That Work

Vitamin C

How It Can Help: Vitamin C acts as an antihistamine, according to Glenn Rothfeld, MD, medical director of WholeHealth New England in Arlington, Massachusetts, and author of Natural Medicine for Allergies: The Best Alternative Methods for Quick Relief (Rodale Press, 1996). "It inhibits the histamine response, which makes your blood vessels swell and produce fluid, causing itching, wheezing, and swelling," he says. You can safely get up to a total of 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily through food (citrus fruits and red peppers are good sources) and a supplement.

Vitamin B5

How It Can Help: B5 is also a natural antihistamine. You can take up to 500 mg of vitamin B5 daily.

Quercetin

How It Can Help: An antioxidant found in plants, quercetin may help reduce inflammation in the airways and prevent the release of histamine, which causes congestion, according to Dr. Rothfeld. Quercetin comes in pill form, and you can find it at most health-food stores. (It's also found in plant-based foods, including apples, red and purple grapes, cherries, and onions.) Dr. Rothfeld suggests that people with acute allergies take 300 to 600 mg three times daily. Those with milder allergies can take 100 to 200 mg.

Acupuncture

How It Can Help: The theory behind acupuncture is that an imbalance in the body causes symptoms, and acupuncture restores equilibrium. Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts; acupuncture may balance the immune system to prevent this response, says Dr. Rothfeld. You'll probably need to do a series of about 6 to 10 sessions.

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ljbarton6220 wrote:

Seems like everything I eat triggers my sinus's to start a waterfall of gunk down the back of my throat resluting in constant clearing of my throat or coughing to be able to breathe. One thing that has helped quite a bit is switching to gluten free bread (so I can have a sandwich again) and gluten free waffles. I still eat things that cause me discomfort but I carry around my allegra pills (buy them in quantitiy at Costco) which are the only ones I have found to releave sysmptoms.

4/14/2012 10:41:43 AM Report Abuse
homewme wrote:

I was getting an allergy shot every spring and fall as well as taking the allegra, nasonex, etc. and other meds as prescribed but still had issues. Started taking a tsp of elderberry extract each morning in my juice and taking an olive leaf extract capsule each morning and at bedtime. During allergy season I may increase the capsule to 2 (I use the 150mg) as needed. But haven't had an allergy shot for 7 years now.

4/13/2011 10:17:31 AM Report Abuse
mowprincess wrote:

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4/11/2011 06:30:35 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I've been on allergy shots for almost five years now, and the difference is amazing. I'm not symptom free, but I no longer want to crawl under the bed until my head explodes.

4/11/2011 02:30:58 PM Report Abuse
nccallanan wrote:

It was informative and I would like to see more on environmental allergies. I have suffered for allergies all my life and now am having difficulties finding safe products to deal with a new set of allergic reactions to chemicals.

4/11/2011 02:21:41 PM Report Abuse

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