Hay Fever: Natural Ways to Treat Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

There are many natural ways to treat seasonal allergy symptoms, including lifestyle changes and dietary modifications.

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable and get in the way of doing the things you love. When added to or taken in place of medicines, natural antihistamines can help manage your symptoms. Just make sure you’re taking natural products safely and being aware of side effects.

Those with compromised immune systems, COPD and other respiratory conditions also need to manage their seasonal allergy symptoms to avoid further complications. Dietary changes, natural supplements, essential oils, and lifestyle changes can help, but if you have multiple medical conditions that affect your breathing, it’s best to see your doctor.

There are several effective over the counter (otc) medications for seasonal allergy relief.

Antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants, as well as other OTC allergy medications, such as nasal sprays and allergy shots, are most often prescribed by doctors to counteract the effects of histamines produced by the body. However, they do have side effects, and sometimes they take weeks to begin working.

Eye allergy preparations may be helpful when the eyes are affected by the same allergens that trigger rhinitis, causing redness, swelling, watery eyes and itching. OTC eyedrops and oral medications are commonly used for short-term relief of some eye allergy symptoms. They may not relieve all symptoms, though, and prolonged use of some of these drops may cause your condition to worsen.

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