Sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes; itchy ears and eyelids; stuffy nose—these are the bane of allergy sufferers. The first resort for many is to reach for popular over-the-counter antihistamines such as Claritin, Allegra, and Benadryl. These drugs work by reducing histamine response (histamine is a naturally occurring substance that ramps up the body’s immune response to environmental irritants). They are also notorious for some unpleasant potential side effects—including impaired thinking, altered taste and smell, anxiety, increased appetite, and low libido, according to Javed Sheikh, MD, a Boston-based allergy and immunology specialist. If you’re ready for some safe and effective alternatives, reach for natural products like these instead.
THE VITAMIN SHOPPEQuercetin + C. Studies show quercetin prevents immune cells from releasing histamines that cause allergic reactions. In this formula, vitamin C is added to quell inflammation and enhance the immune response.
XLEARSinus Care Spray helps to keep sinuses clear, hydrate nasal passages, and relieve irritation caused by allergens with a patented blend of Xylitol and saline.
DR. KING’S NATURAL MEDICINEAllergy & Red Eye Relief Spray is a gentle and safe homeopathic formula that can be used when needed for instant relief of itching, burning, redness, and other symptoms associated with allergies.
GAIA HERBSTurmeric Supreme Allergy features turmeric (a potent anti-inflammatory) along with other herbal extracts and quercetin (a bioflavonoid that excels at reducing the histamine-dumping effect) to support respiratory function and a healthy response to allergens. Black pepper extract is also included for increased absorption and bioavailability.
Change your pillow every 6 months if you’re prone to allergies. Your pillow is a phenomenal repository for fungi, which can migrate up your nose and exacerbate stuffiness. Also, wash your pillowcases in hot water once per week.