Medications may help reduce the severity of allergy symptoms, but many people prefer a non-pharmacological approach to allergy treatment. Drugs are a temporary cure at best, and often have unpleasant side effects. Environmental control focuses on removing or avoiding allergy triggers, and can be extremely effective.
If you are allergic to pollen, keep the windows closed in your home and car, and run the air-conditioner instead. Refrain from outdoor activities during peak pollen times (generally between 5 AM and 10 AM). If you must go outdoors, wear sunglasses. If dust mites are bothersome, buy allergy-proof bedding and wash sheets, pillowcases and clothing every week to ten days using hot water. Consider eliminating carpeting, and avoid a cluttered home. A HEPA filter can help remove fine particulates from the air. To prevent mold, make sure to clean up any water spills as soon as possible. Don’t forget to drain or empty drip trays under refrigerators and air conditioners on a regular basis. Running a dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from the air. If you are allergic to pet dander, consider a pet that does not have fur or feathers. At the very least, do not allow your dog or cat into the bedroom and, again, consider bare floors rather than carpet.
Many people with allergies turn to natural treatments to help control symptoms. A nasal rinse containing saltwater solution can be used to reduce the symptoms of hay fever. You may want to get some raw local honey and consume 1 tablespoon a day in your tea, smoothie, or on your oatmeal. Some essential oils have been found to help with allergies. Both eucalyptus and frankincense can be diluted with coconut oil and applied topically, or add to your diffuser and diffuse in your home or office.