Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some allergy symptoms improve with home treatment.

  • Sinus congestion and hay fever symptoms. These symptoms often improve with saline nasal irrigation — rinsing out the sinuses with a salt and water solution. You can use a neti pot or a specially designed squeeze bottle to flush out thickened mucus and irritants from your nose. Use water that's distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller to make up the irrigation solution. Prepare the saline solution with the appropriate water, using the mixture supplied by the neti pot or one you prepared yourself. Be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with similarly distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered water and leave open to air dry.
  • Household airborne allergy symptoms. Symptoms such as those caused by dust mites or pet dander, may improve by taking steps to reduce your exposure to allergens. Steps include frequently washing bedding and stuffed toys in hot water, maintaining low humidity, regularly using a vacuum with a fine filter such as a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and replacing carpeting with hard flooring.
  • Mold allergy symptoms. These may be alleviated by reducing moisture in damp areas, such as your bath and kitchen, by using ventilation fans and dehumidifiers, and fixing any leaks inside and outside of your home.
Jan. 29, 2013

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