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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 humidification that I'd consider.
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.