According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,10 to 30 percent of people worldwide suffer from allergic rhinitis. Rhinitis is the medical term for inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the inside of the nose. This is more commonly known as a runny or stuffy nose.
In addition to being annoying, a chronically runny or stuffy nose can cause other symptoms, such as a sore throat, sneezing, and red, watery and itchy eyes. Allergic rhinitis can be either seasonal or year-round. This general condition is sometimes referred to as hay fever. Common allergens include the following:
- Pollen from trees, grass, and other plants, like ragweed
- Mold spores
- Cockroaches and dust mites
- Pet dander from cats and dogs as well as from other animals, such as rats
Because this condition is so irritating and can affect the general quality of life, many people are desperate to find relief. Here are two home remedies that may help temporarily alleviate your symptoms.
Using steam is good for swollen nasal passages and excess mucous. While a sauna is excellent for creating steam, most people don't have regular access to one. You can create your own steam bath, however.
One method is to go into your bathroom, shut the door, and turn the shower to the hottest it will go. Just sitting there for 10-15 minutes, breathing in the hot, moist air will help to clear your nose. Another method is to pour boiling water into a big bowl and add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils to the water. You then cover your head with a thick towel, creating a tent around you and the bowl, and deeply inhale the air. Blow your nose repeatedly with both methods to remove the excess mucous
Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Ginger serves as a natural antihistamine while turmeric has antioxidants and is good for boosting your immune system.
Grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger into a pan of water. Add a couple of cloves, ½ stick of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Boil this mixture for 5 minutes and then strain into a mug. Add honey and lemon to make it a bit more palatable. The spices combined with the hot liquid help to reduce congestion and alleviate a sore throat.
While these natural remedies may prove useful, it is still imperative you consult an allergist or ear, nose, and throat specialist to ensure there isn't a more serious underlying condition. For more information, see a website such as http://www.nwasthma.com.Share