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Scratching For Natural Allergy Relief?

September 18, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Scratching For Natural Allergy Relief?
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Despite cooler temperatures, many people are still suffering from seasonal allergies.  You can expect allergy symptoms to continue until the season's first hard freeze.

While some people turn to the pharmacy for relief from allergies, others turn to food and other non-traditional remedies.

From locally produced honey to Vitamin C, you've likely heard of many different treatments for allergies. Lesli Olson says her husband has tried a couple.

"We use a lot of teas and we like to use the Vicks steamer," Olson said.

But by trying out all sorts of products, you could be wasting your money. Certified Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Peterson specializes in allergy relief. She's heard of a whole host of so-called home remedies, including an herb that's native to Europe and can be taken as a supplement.

"Butterbur was one that came up quite a bit when I did the research. From what I found there's nothing real conclusive that it works real well," Dakota Allergy and Asthma Certified Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Peterson said.

Peterson says the same can be said of Vitamin C and D, along with apple cider vinegar.  But Wasabi and other spicy foods can provide some temporary relief.

"If you're breathing in anything spicy that has some strong odor, that could potentially help open you up if you're pretty clogged up.  But ultimately it's not going to fix the problem," Peterson said.

Peterson says honey can help with coughs, and teas can help anyone who doesn't feel well, whether it's a cold or allergies.

"Tea has a lot of antioxidant properties.  So in general, drinking a lot of especially green tea can be beneficial for people who just don't feel well," Peterson said.

There are some ways to improve your allergies at home, but it doesn't necessarily involve buying food or supplements.

"The number one thing people with pollen allergies can do is make sure their windows stay closed. That's a pretty easy fix. It doesn't cost any money," Peterson said.

But no matter what remedy you're itching for, many can agree this allergy season has been worse than most.

"He wakes up every morning coughing and with a stuffy nose," Olson said.

Peterson says the best solution for your sniffles is to get an allergy shot.  It's the only remedy that makes you less allergic.

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