Jan 092009
 

These natural allergy treatments range from flushes to supplements, and help relieve the symptoms of spring dust, mold, or pollen.

These allergy tips are from Dr. Holly Lucille, a naturopathic physician.

Before the tips, a quip:

“I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours,” says writer James Thurber. “I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.”

Okay, the following natural allergy treatments won’t work if you’re allergic to being awake, but they could help with spring pollen, mold, and dust allergies! Here are Dr Lucille’s ten treatment tips for spring allergies….

10 Natural Allergy Treatments for Dust, Mold, and Pollen

“By taking care to avoid pollen and using a natural sinus relief formula, a person with allergies can dramatically reduce symptoms and the number of days he or she is out of commission,” says Dr Lucille.

It’s important to remember that what stops spring allergies for one person doesn’t necessarily treat someone else’s allergies! Give each of these natural allergy treatments a try until you find what works for you.

Try herbal products to relieve symptoms of allergies

Look for a formula with caper, olive leaf, black currant, and Panax ginseng, like Enzymatic Therapy Seasonal Freedom. It’s been clinically shown to decrease the body’s response to allergen triggers by up to 70 percent. This dietary supplement contains a 4-Seasons herbal blend that’s fast-acting and delivers relief, without making you sleepy or jittery.

Stay hydrated to breathe easier

This natural allergy treatment tip involves drinking lots of liquids to help flush out mucus. However, when you hydrate, you also need minerals to hold onto the water. Sodium maintains water balance outside the cells, while potassium, magnesium and calcium-all available in a good multivitamin with minerals-help to maintain water balance inside the cells. In addition to stopping springtime allergies, it could help with weight loss and overall health!

Protect yourself from the cause of your allergies

Keep your windows closed at home or in the car during high pollen days and take off your shoes when you come in the house. Much of the household dirt, dust, and allergens come from the bottom of shoes. Another natural allergy treatment tip is to dust your furniture and shelves regularly.

For more home-based organic cleaning tips, read 8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly.

Consider a nasal flush to treat allergies

Flushing your nasal pasages with saline (salt) water can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms and stop spring allergies. A nasal flush provides natural allergy relief by flushing out pollen and thinning out the mucus, to help clear nasal passages.

Work outside when pollen counts are low

Save exercise or yard work for the afternoon, since pollen counts are highest from 5 am to 10 am. If possible, delegate the yard work to someone who doesn’t have spring allergies! If you must do yard work, use a pollen-filtering mask. You may feel silly, but it’s a great natural allergy treatment.

Monitor air quality and check pollen count reports

Rainy, cloudy, and windless days usually have lower pollen counts. The best time to go outside is after a good rainfall — the rain helps to clear pollen from the air, and the allergies from your system.

Take probiotics that treat allergies naturally

Because imbalances of intestinal flora are common for people who have allergies, probiotics may be a good way to treat allergic reactions. Probiotic comes from pro, which means ‘for’, and bios, which means ‘life.’ So probiotic literally means “for life.” Probiotics are the good bacteria, such as Lactobaccillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum that live in our intestines and are essential for the maintenance of strong immune systems. Getting your probiotics, whether in yogurt or in a supplement such as Enzymatic Therapy – Acidophilus Pearls, is a great way to boost total body immunity and stop spring allergies.

Wash bedding in hot water (130°F) on a weekly basis

In addition to washing bedding, a natural allergy treatment is to also wash stuffed animals regularly. If the stuffed animal is too delicate or too large for the washer, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 24-48 hours. This will help kill dust mites and relieve allergies (especially for children!).

Cover mattresses and pillows in zippered dust-proof covers

These allergen-impermeable covers help minimize the penetration of allergens, which also helps relieve allergies. Also, it’s very important to declutter your home to reduce dust and dirt! Read How to Declutter Your Home and Be Clutter Free for easy, effective tips.

Keep humidity levels low

To remedy your allergies naturally, keep the air conditioning set at a lower temperature and reduce moisture around the home. Dehumidifiers will help reduce both mold and dust mites, and help stop spring allergies.

Speaking of treating springtime allergies – have you tried acupuncture? I wrote an article on acupuncture for snoring — though the focus isn’t on allergy treatments, the principles of how acupuncture works as a natural treatment are the same!

If you’re looking for a natural supplement to stop spring allergies, try Source Naturals Allercetin Allergy & Sinus, Homeopathic Tablets.

And if you have any thoughts about these natural allergy treatment tips, please comment below…

  15 Responses to “10 Natural Allergy Treatments for Dust, Mold, and Pollen”

  1. Thanks for your comments – I’m glad Dr Lucille’s tips for natural allergy treatments are helpful! I don’t suffer from spring allergies, but I know people who do….and it ain’t purty.

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  3. Great website for interesting facts and information about dealing with allergies. Thank you!!

  4. Great tips. I’ve had allergies since I was a kid. It really helps having ideas of what to do. I think for me I make sure to use a pillow with a dust cover on it. My pillow is also a neck pillow so it keeps my neck in good alignment which I feel help. Actually when I was younger my father had me adjusted at the chiropractors office; I can’t say for sure but I think that made a big difference too.

  5. These are excellent insights and tips to relieve allergies. Thanks.

  6. probiotics worked great to end indigestion for me

  7. If you suffer from springtime allergies, you might find this new research study on the hazards of older allergy drugs interesting:

    Experts from GA2LEN, the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network, and EAACI, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, warn that the older antihistamines in over-the-counter allergy medications — the most common form of self-medication in allergic rhinitis — may be hazardous to our health.

    A joint report to be published in Allergy reviews new data on the treatment of allergies with older antihistamines compared with newer, second-generation H1-antihistamines. The research was funded by GA2LEN, an EU-funded Network of Excellence.

    The findings suggest that first-generation H1-antihistamines not only make patients drowsy, but also reduce rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, impair learning, and reduce efficiency at work the next day. In addition, first-generation H1-antihistamines have been implicated in numerous civil aviation, motor vehicle, and boating accidents, and even deaths as a result of accidental or intentional overdosing in infants and young children. First-generation H1-antihistamines have also been linked to suicide cases in both teenagers and adults.

    New generation antihistamines on the contrary have shown an equivalent efficacy to treat symptoms while clinical studies and patients report fewer adverse effects. The review ultimately questions whether, for consumer protection reasons, first generation H1-antihistamines should still be available as over-the-counter self-medication.

    Antihistamines are most frequently used drugs for treating seasonal and chronic allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, urticaria, atopic dermatitis. More than 30% of the EU and US population are potential users, safety is thus paramount.

    Source: Science Daily, “Dangers of Older Allergy Drugs Often Underestimated and Overlooked” (Feb, 2010).

  8. Hi Shekhar,

    I’m sorry to hear about your allergies — the sneezing, red eyes, difficulty breathing, and all those other symptoms of allergies can really throw a wrench in life!

    To find out if you can be cured permanently, you need to talk to a specialist. I suspect a permanent cure depends on the reasons for your allergies, what you’re allergic to, your environment, and your ability to change your surroundings to ease the symptoms.

    I wish I could be more helpful, but you really need to talk to a doctor or allergies specialist to figure out if there’s a cure for your specific type of allergy and symptoms.

    Laurie

  9. Hi,
    My name is Shekhar and i am 23years old and i am highly allergic to dust especially in spring season, so my question is that is there a permanent cure for this allergy thing?

  10. Hi Alison,

    Sorry for your dust mite and mould allergies — they can make life so complicated!

    Most natural product distributors (eg, LastingPlanet.org, GrassRoots Store, GreenHome, etc) manufacture or sell their own type of dust mite product or natural cleaning products. The best thing (and unfortunately the most expensive) is to try each product until you find what works for you. Some people will find that a certain product works as an allergy treatment, while others find it doesn’t help at all. So, I suggest trying something new to you — one product at a time — until you find the key.

    Have you heard of Diatomaceous Earth? Here’s the link to an article about it — it’s a natural way to get rid of dust mites and other things that cause allergies.

    Natural Solutions for Fleas…and More

    And here’s a link to a great article about dust mites — especially the section about eliminating dust mites in your home, about halfway through the article:

    Dust Mites: A Microscopic Threat to Your Family’s Health

    I hope this helps a little — I’m sorry I don’t have anything specific to recommend! If anyone else does, please do comment here…

    Laurie

  11. my whole life i struggle with dust mite and mould allergies. i use a mask when cleaning. i cover clothes and house hold things with sheets when i go away . i wipe dust with a wet cloth and use q mixture of eucalyptus, lavender vinegar and water. recently i arrived home after a few months away and did all this but still i am havig intense reactions. i even aired all my clothes in the sun for 2 days which i had previouly covered with a sheet. do you know of any other natural oil or product that can kill the mites
    thanks ali

  12. Thanks for your comments Anna, Amit, and Ellie — and I hope you find the right treatment for your allergies!

    I think finding the right way to eliminate allergic reactions is to try different things until you find what works. For instance, the nasal flush might work for some people, but not others — and the only way to find out is to give it a try.

  13. Thanks for these tips for allergy treatments, I haven’t heard of Flora Sinus. Will check it out. My allergies are getting worse every year.

  14. Yes, neti pot works great. Its the only natural solution available which really helps eliminate your pollen allergies!

  15. I just recently developed a slight seasonal allergy reaction and, as the season approaches, I really appreciate this article on tips to reduce allergy symptoms. I use a netty pot to (nasal flush) when things get really plugged up. I’m also considering a probiotic supplement this year that specifically supports the nasal sinuses. I found one at Nutri-Health.com (they make the multi-strain probiotic I take for digestive health and as an immune booster) called Flora Sinus. It has a high active cell count (22 billion/serving) which is important and is dairy-free (helps keep the mucus down).

    Happy, healthy breathing!
    -Anna M.