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Bio-Allers for grass or outdoor allergies provides homeopathic
relief for the symptoms of sneezing, congestion, headache and itchy,
watery eyes associated with grass, tree and other pollen allergies.
These are easy, safe and quite amazingly effective~! http://www.bioallers.com/category-exec/category_id/580

You might try the new nasal wash X-clear. It only has water, xylitol,
saline and grapefruit seed extract. The xylitol is a natural
antibacterial, and the grapefruit seed extract is a natural
anti-inflammatory.

Keep the windows and door to the bedroom closed to keep out allergens
and consider a HEPA air filter. And no stuffed animals except for a
bedtime lovey which is washed frequently. Eucalyptus helps to open the
nasal passages too. Vit. C decreases runny noses, in large doses.


1. Decrease allergens, especially food allergens. (dairy, soy, wheat,
eggs and citrus are the most common) There is an 'overflowing bucket'
effect as allergens are cumulative.

2. Keep bedroom allergen free with HEPA filter. (no pets in bedroom,
limited stuffed animals, door closed at all times, allergy cover on
mattress and pillow, vacuum daily, brush/wash hair before bed, change
pillowcases daily)

3. Vitamin C mega doses (I can't proscribe, of course) I give ds 1000mg,
3x day with first sniffles.

4. Sambucol for Kids (intensive dose, tsp 4x/day) caution with
asthmatics some are allergic to echinacea.

5. Consider classical homeopathy, NAET, TAT as alternative therapies.
Investigate now. (Classical homeopathy cured my husband's asthma and
resolved many of our son's food intolerances.)

6. Avoid steroids like the plague.

7. (We are a totally non-vaccinating family, thumbs down to flu shots)

8. Humidifier in bedroom for dry air and sniffles, scrupulously clean.
Clean daily with vinegar.

9. Avoid antibiotics like the plague.

10. Avoid benedryl-dries mucus membranes

11. Avoid allergy shots

12. Consider saline nebulization instead of albuterol for loosening
secretions, requires physician order. Doesn't cause the jittery feeling
and doesn't taste as bad. This is the first line hydration that I'd
recommend.

13. Adding coconut oil, cod liver oil (Omega 3 fatty acids), magnesium,
probiotics, vit C, zinc. These are important for healing the gut, which
is 70% of the immune system.

A German study, published in the journal Allergy, found that
participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely
to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these
foods. Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can be found in cold-water
fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil, as well as grass-fed meat and eggs.

14. Green juices for the food folate!

15. Quercetin. A natural plant-derived compound called a bioflavonoid,
quercetin helps stabilize mast cells and prevents them from releasing
histamine. Quercetin also is a natural antioxidant that helps mop up
molecules called free radicals that cause cell damage, which can lead to
cancer. Citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes,
broccoli, lettuce and wine are naturally high in quercetin.

16. Stinging Nettle. If you decide you need an antihistamine but want a
natural option, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) behaves in much the same
way as many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the
unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness. Nettle actually
inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine.

17. Butterbur. Derived from a common weed in Europe, butterbur
(Petasites hybridus) is another alternative to antihistamines, though it
may be hard to find in the United States.

18. Local, raw, unheated honey. Dancing Bees and Erin and Jacob Ritter's
Raw Honey are both local and untreated honey. (available at Matthews
Farmer's Market and EarthFare)

19. Gargle with salt water, Netti pot nasal wash

20. Epsom salt baths, 2 cups in a full tub of warm water for 30 minutes a
day.


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