Dec 27, 2011

Home Remedies for Rhinitis Allergy

Allergic Rhinitis - Home Treatment
Allergic rhinitis is a long-term problem. It takes time and effort to control allergies through home treatment. Allergic rhinitis is characterized by inflammation of the nasal membranes. There is usually a watery discharge from the nose and itching of the eyes and nose. The causes of allergic rhinitis are various allergens.

By avoiding or reducing your contact with allergens, you may be able to reduce your allergy symptoms and manage them without medicine or with fewer medicines. Controlling your contact with allergens and reducing your symptoms may also make it less likely you will develop complications such as sinusitis.

Seasonal allergens cause allergic rhinitis symptoms only during certain times of the year and include tree, ragweed and grass pollen. Individuals affected with allergic rhinitis may experience symptoms such as repeated sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchiness in the ears, eyes, throat and nose and post-nasal drip. In some cases, there may also be impairment in the sense of smell, sore throat, tearing in the eyes and weakness. Many people with allergic rhinitis also experience ear plugging and sinus problems.


Symptoms of allergic rhinitis resemble a cold, but they are not caused by a virus the way a cold is. When you breathe in an allergen, your immune system springs into action. It releases substances known as IgEs into your nasal passages, along with inflammatory chemicals such as histamines. Your nose, sinuses, or eyes may become itchy and congested. Scientists aren't sure what causes your immune system to overreact to an allergen.

Signs and Symptoms:

Allergic rhinitis can cause many symptoms, including the following:

  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Red, itchy, and watery eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Itchy mouth, throat, ears, and face
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Headaches, facial pain or pressure
  • Partial loss of hearing, smell, and taste
  • Fatigue
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Causes:
The immune system is designed to fight harmful substances like bacteria and viruses. But when you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system overreacts to harmless substances -- like pollen, mold, and pet dander -- and launches an assault. This attack is called an allergic reaction.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is triggered by pollen and mold spores. Sources include:
  • Ragweed -- the most common seasonal allergen (fall)
  • Grass pollen, in late spring and summer
  • Tree pollen, in spring
  • Fungus, mold growing on dead leaves, common in summer and fall
Year-round allergic rhinitis may be triggered by:
  • Pet dander
  • Dust and household mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Molds growing on wall paper, house plants, carpeting, and upholstery

Allergic rhinitis home remedies
  • Take 1 tsp each of the tincture of elderflower, marshmallow, ethinacea and thyme and mix them in warm water and take 3 times a day.
  • Check whether you are having allergy due to some foods and discontinue eating them for a while. Exclude milk and milk products like cheese and yoghurt etc from your diet. Wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn, wild rice, beans, lentils, Soya and Soya products, potatoes, hazelnuts and carrots should also be avoided while you are suffering from the allergy.
  • You can smear some Vaseline petroleum jelly inside your nose as it will make the area greasy and it will become difficult for the pollen grains to release their aggravating their contents as they need watery surface for this. Whenever you blow your nose, reapply the jelly.
  • May try taking over-the-counter allergy medicines such as chlorpheniramine(Chlor-Trimeton, for example), diphenhydramine (Benadryl, for example), or loratadine (Claritin, for example) to relieve symptoms. Don't give antihistamines to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
  • Treat a stuffy nose by using decongestants or cleaning your nasal passages with saline solution (salt water). Before you give a decongestant to a child, check the label. These medicines may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems.
  • May be able to prevent or manage mild sinus infections by keeping the air in your home moist and drinking plenty of liquids.
  • Make a decoction of Baical Skullcap and drink it 2 cups per day.
  • Make a mixed tea of the herbs eyebright, common plantain, goldenrod and boneset and drink 3 to 4 cups everyday.
  • Controlling dust and dust mites, which includes dusting regularly and washing bed linens in hot water.
  • Use a HEPA air filter in your bedroom.
  • Cover your pillows and mattress with dust mite covers.
The best thing to do is to strengthen your immune system so that allergies are unable to affect you too much. Increase your intake of citrus fruits and vegetables so that your body gets an increased dose of vitamin C. You should also take two doses of Indian gooseberry (indian gooseberry) daily, as this will be of greatest help to you. You can also take Echinacea pills which are quite easily available over the counter. Both these products are totally natural in nature and are well known to boost immunity.
Drugs such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroid sprays may help control allergy symptoms.


With all this you are advised to adminstrate a drop of almönd extract oil (badam rogan) in both nostrils regularly or could also be applied with finger tips as it provides strength to mucus membrane of nose. It is describd as "nasaya" in ayurvedic text books. It is also very benificial in migrane, mental confusion etc as it also nurishes brain.
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Here are some beneficial herbs that can help:

  • Basil leaves 10-15 per day.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • piper longam (pippli in Ayurveda), most beneficial formula for this is HARIDRA KHAND 1 tsp (should be manufactured by a trusted Ayurvedic pharmacy) along with laxmi vilas ras 2 pils twice a day.)
  • Also try to boost up your immunity..Guduchi is considered best immunobooster.
  • Also avoid very cold and rest over food stuffs.
  • Make sure what you are eating is digested completely other wise it produces AAMA (toxics) which will surely elevate this problem.
  • Make a habit for a cup of hard warm water after every meal to facilitate digestion.... 
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