Home remedies to keep pollen and dust allergy at bay

  • Deepa Gupta | New delhi

    March 1, 2017 | 12:35 PM
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The early unexpected rise in temperature has led to tree pollination - a longer season of sufferings for the allergy prone.

The weather is now pleasant. One is tempted to go out and have fun. But, there is trouble in the wind for those who are sensitive to irritants like dust and pollen. The early unexpected rise in temperature has led to tree pollination - a longer season of sufferings for the allergy prone.

For some, it is an annual feature to struggle with this allergy in the ongoing season of dust mites and pollination. If you are a regular patient of seasonal allergies, plan ahead how to deal with it by consulting a doctor.

Although dust mites are more active in humid areas, they can be invisibly hidden in fibres of our bedding and carpets.

Causes that trigger allergy:

Pollen –They are of different types coming from trees, flowers, weeds and grass.

Dust – It may have various components. Tiny particles from cockroaches are a common dust constituent, causing dust allergy. Animal dander, hair, fur, urine, saliva or bird’s feathers and droppings can also become entrenched in household dust. Dust mites live and grow even if your house is not at all visibly dirty. They can’t be removed by normal cleaning. Be safe! Vigorous cleaning may worsen the symptoms of the sufferer.

Symptoms-

Runny or stuffy nose

Wheezing and coughing

Sneezing

Rashes on arms, legs and chest

Itching all over the body

Inflammation or swelling

Red, itchy or watery eyes

Asthma attacks

Take every step to manage the symptoms timely and wisely –

Indoors:

Be regular in knowing weather forecast having information about pollen and dust contents. Plan each day accordingly.

Keep the windows and doors shut. Forget to freshen up your house with outside air for few days.

When you come from outside after spending many hours, don’t sit or hang out anywhere before having a shower.

Use allergen air purifier at home.

Ensure to cover your nose and mouth with a scarf while following cleaning processes like dusting, etc. at home.

Try to reduce household humidity as much as possible.

Stop using wall-to-wall carpets.

Wash linens and pillow covers frequently with hot water. Get the blankets dry cleaned regularly.

If you have pets at home, keep them outdoors.

Important outdoors tips:

Shut the windows of the car while travelling.

Use allergen air purifier in the car.

Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when you are out in open areas.

Easy and effective home cures –

Peppermint tea – Being a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, it is an effective decongestant that gives relief from allergy.

Boil a handful of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of water. Let it seep for few minutes. Strain and drink.

Organic apple cider vinegar – Cure the symptoms and prevent further infection by drinking it thrice a day.

Mix one teaspoon of it in a glass of water and drink.

Green tea – It naturally cures allergy.

Soak a teabag in hot water for few minutes and drink hot. Repeat thrice a day.

Saline nose wash – Wash off pollens and dust from your nose morning-evening with saline solution.

Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a cup of distilled water. Pour a bit of it in one nostril and drain out through other one or mouth. Repeat by sniffing the wash from other nostril.

Turmeric powder – It is anti-bacterial and strengthens the immune system. Combatting the allergens, it is definitely a perfect natural treatment provided you are not allergic to this spice.

Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt in two teaspoon of lemon juice. Make a paste. Take it with a large glass of warm water.

These home remedies are the tonics that could be well worth. Although, they can’t substitute an allergist who can diagnose the symptoms, identify the causes and give proper medication. But of course, they can help in fast and effective recovery.

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