Are Natural Remedies Effective for Allergies?

Natural remediesThere are a ton of different pharmaceuticals, prescription and over-the-counter, on the market for treating seasonal allergies. However, many people are looking for a natural path in preventing and lessening allergy symptoms. This search can be for a number of reasons, including cost and side effects. But for those of us who have grown up with drugstore treatments, we may find ourselves asking: Do natural remedies really work?

According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP):

From a naturopathic viewpoint, allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. Natural treatments are used to support and improve those functions and to alleviate hay fever symptoms. For seasonal allergies, beginning natural treatments 1–2 months before the season starts can help reduce the severity of symptoms. Good health can help ease allergy symptoms, and good health starts with nutrition.

But what would medical doctors and allergists say?

WebMD quotes Mary Hardy, MD, director of integrative medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles: “Using nature-based products can be a very useful way to handle mild allergies and a useful adjunct for more significant allergies, and there are many types of treatments you can safely try.” In fact, in a section called “Natural Allergy Remedies,” WebMD examines each of the following natural allergy treatments, their use and their effectiveness:

We’ve also examined a few natural remedies in our own blogs:

The general consensus seems to be that some of the natural remedies listed above do help some people some of the time. People also recommend vitamins for allergy symptoms, but there have yet to be any conclusive scientific results regarding their specific impact on sinus issues. In addition, doctors caution that some supplements may trigger allergic reactions themselves, so you should always research and consult your doctor before using them.

That said, we do know the risks for the most common types of allergy medications, and those aren’t ideal either:

  • Antihistamines: dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, restlessness or moodiness, blurred vision, confusion, possible risks with long-term use, and negative interactions with specific medications.
  • Decongestants: dizziness, anxiety, nausea, headaches, increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, nosebleeds, throat irritation and increased tolerance.

On top of all of these risks and costs, both allergy medication and natural remedies are only temporary solutions. So if you are looking for a more permanent end to your allergy suffering, schedule an appointment with CT Sinus Center to see how we can help. When you first come in, our expert team will talk to you about your medical history and your symptoms. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will pinpoint what is causing your discomfort and develop the right treatment for your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing.
  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices and start breathing freely, like nature intended.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions or treatments, read more about CT Sinus Center and take a look at our blog.

How to Soothe a Sore Throat

sore throatSore throats are irritating and annoying, no matter how bad they are. The most common type of sore throat is called pharyngitis and usually occurs alongside a cold or flu virus. Allergies are another common cause of throat irritation.

A sore throat is pretty easy to diagnose and treat at home, although it is always a good idea to get a sore throat checked out by a physician in order to rule out bacterial infection or other medical conditions. The tell-tale symptoms of a sore throat include:

  • Pain in your throat
  • Itching in your throat
  • Increased pain when talking or swallowing
  • Inflamed tonsils or glands
  • Voice loss

For at-home treatments, you can try over-the-counter medications such as:

You can also try natural remedies:

  • Gargles:
    • Warm salt water
    • Fresh lemon juice, honey, hot water
    • Ginger, honey water
    • Cayenne pepper, water
  • Drinks:
    • Apple cider vinegar, honey, water
    • Herbal tea (chamomile, licorice root, marshmallow root, peppermint, clove)
  • Raw garlic (eaten, chewed, sucked on)

Unfortunately, even though these home remedies work well, they are only temporary, and if you suffer from allergies, you may be self-treating your sore throat much more often than you’d like. This can become inconvenient and expensive.

For a long-lasting solution, you’ll want to treat the cause of your pain: post nasal drip from allergies. At CT Sinus Center, we have the knowledge and means to do just that. Take the first step toward permanent relief by scheduling an appointment to speak with our expert physicians. When you come in,the first thing we’ll do is talk to you about your symptoms and listen closely to what you have to say. Next, we’ll use the most up-to-date diagnostic tools to find out exactly what is causing your suffering and then how we can end it. You may be eligible for Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing and consequently, relieving post nasal drip. Or perhaps you are a better candidate for Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, quickly increasing airflow and reducing post nasal drip.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices, and let us permanently soothe your itchy, sore throat.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.