The symptoms of sinus allergies can be greatly relieved provided these proven natural treatments and remedies are used.
An allergy is an immune system disorder where the body over reacts to harmless substances in the environment such as pollen, dust, mold, danders and food. Allergy producing substances are called allergens.
Allergens cause the activation of a certain type of antibody known as IgE. This antibody triggers the release of certain chemicals from cells in your nose such as histamine, resulting in an extreme inflammatory response and the associated sinus allergy symptoms. The main causes of allergies are as follows;- hereditary (runs in the family), race, sex (boys have a higher risk of developing an allergy than girls) age, alteration in exposure to infectious diseases during early childhood, environmental pollutants, allergen levels and dietary changes.
Sinus allergy symptoms result from the nasal passages becoming inflamed after breathing in allergens such as pollen, dust, mold etc. The varied symptoms are;- blocked nasal passages, runny nose, itching and sneezing, post nasal drip, sore ears, sore throat, snoring and disturbed sleep, loss/poor sense of smell, headaches and inability to concentrate.
The following natural treatments have helped many sinus allergy sufferers and are extremely effective.
Naturally formulated nasal sprays – SinuSoothe is doctor recommended and provides immediate relief from sinus pain, nasal congestion etc. It contains natural anti-histamines and it also desensitizes the nasal passages to allergens therefore symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing etc. are relieved. It is completely safe to use on a regular basis and is not addictive.
Saline sprays – Sterimar is one of the main producers of this type of nasal spray. It is particularly useful for removing unwanted allergens and relieving nasal congestion. There are two types of solution , isotonic and hypertonic, which have varying levels of salt content. Sterimar is entirely safe and is not addictive.
Irrigation of the nasal passages – A saline solution is administered to the sinuses using a neti pot or some other similar device. This saline solution can vary in salt content and can be either isotonic or hypertonic. Hypertonic solutions may be more useful at relieving nasal congestion. The purpose of nasal irrigation is to clean out allergens and excess mucus from the sinuses and improve sinus drainage.
Anti-histamines – Nasal allergies would greatly benefit from the use of natural anti-histamines. Butterbur, quercetin and stinging nettle are all excellent natural anti-histamines and do not cause side effects. Butterbur has been clinically proven to be just as effective as the over the counter anti-histamines.
Reduce inflammation – Natural anti-inflammatories such as omega oils, turmeric and ginger can be just as effective as Ibuprofen etc. but without the side effects. By reducing inflammation in the sinuses you will reduce the symptoms of sinus allergioes
Pollen barriers – Pollen barriers such as special barrier gel inside the nostrils can catch pollen before it enters the nasal passages thus relieving hay fever symptoms.
Boosting immune system – It is well documented that boosting the immune system can regulate the allergy response mechanism. Supplementing a healthy diet with vitamin C, B complex, garlic, zinc and a multi-vitamin and mineral is highly recommended. Regular exercise (provided it is not over done), good quality sleep and relaxation time can all assist in boosting immune function.
Precautionary measures – By being more careful in your day to day routine, sinus allergies can be greatly relieved. Hardwood flooring instead of carpets, ensuring soft furnishings are regularly vacuumed and ensuring no pollen enters your home etc. are all measures which can be taken.
As with all medical conditions you should always consult your doctor before undertaking new treatments.
Rachel Scott Ph.D. is an expert in the treatment of sinus allergies. If you would like more information on nasal sprays or natural nasal sprays then please visit her at SinuSoothe’s website where she is always glad to be of assistance.