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What Are the Best Home Remedies for an Allergic Reaction?

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  • Written By: K.C. Bruning
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 12 October 2019
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The best home remedies for an allergic reaction depend on the type and severity of the allergy, reaction and amount of exposure to the allergen. All severe allergic medical reactions should receive immediate medical attention. They should not be treated at home. Milder allergic reactions can sometimes be treated with simple remedies such as drinking lots of water, using saltwater or taking antihistamines.

Before trying any other home remedies for an allergic reaction, it is advisable to first cut off contact with the suspected allergen. This can be difficult with some environmental allergies, but it typically is easier to do with things such as problematic foods, feathers and animal hair. This step might be all that is necessary to treat an allergic reaction.

One of the best home remedies for an allergic reaction that causes runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes and itchy skin is to drink plenty of water. The primary benefit is to thin the mucus in the nose and throat so that the passages in each are free. This can also help prevent headaches and sneezing that might result from mucus blockage. Drinking lots of water can also help to flush out contaminants in the system more quickly and efficiently.

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There are several other easy home remedies for an allergic reaction. A cool, wet cloth can help calm hives or itchy skin. Over-the-counter antihistamines can ease itching for a wide range of environmental allergies. Gargling saltwater can ease allergy-related irritation. Saltwater also can unblock a stuffy nose when used as a rinse.

Making adjustments to the home environment can also help relieve the symptoms of allergies. Mold is a common irritant. By keeping kitchens and bathrooms clean and dry, many outbreaks can be avoided.

It also is wise to avoid moist areas and ensure that any leaks in the house are fixed promptly. In homes that have airtight windows, it is advisable for a person to vacuum and dust all furniture and carpets frequently. A typical home will also benefit from thorough, regular airing and regular changing of furnace filters and air conditioner filters.

If allergy symptoms persist or worsen despite attempts at home treatment, it is advisable for the patient to consult a doctor. How quickly the patient should seek help depends on the severity of the patient’s condition. Symptoms such as a tight chest, breathing problems and swelling in the areas from the neck up should receive immediate medical attention. If allergy symptoms worsen or occur more often over the course of one or more weeks of treatment at home, it is wise for the patient to see a doctor promptly, but it usually is not necessary for him or her to get emergency care.

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Hymnomove
Post 2

The article mentions that saltwater can be used as a nasal rinse. If you are not buying a prepared saline solution for your nose and are instead making your own, don’t just use water straight from the tap. Be sure to boil the water, and then let it cool down before using it.

Ledgenderous
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If you know that your allergic reaction is due to some kind of skin contact, like with animal fur, washing the area with mild soap and water can be very helpful as well. In addition to frequent vacuuming and dusting, washing all things that may have come into contact with an allergen (like any bedding, for example) in hot water on a regular basis can help reduce the number of allergic reactions you may have. My allergist has recommended weekly washing, since I have two cats, but I have just started locking them out of the bedroom and washing things biweekly instead.

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