'Tis the season for sniffling, sneezing and itching. Breathe easier with these medically proven natural allergy remedies.
Allergies plague millions of people, and many only get marginal relief from drugs, which can also have frustrating side effects. Natural allergy remedies, however, often have fewer side effects, and can combat allergic reactions to plants such as the notorious ragweed, shown here.
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To soothe allergy attacks, consider using neti pots. They are a mild and effective way to treat seasonal allergies.
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When pollen grains, such as these from ragweed, enter your nasal passages and lodge onto mucous membranes, your body responds by producing histamine, which can cause allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching and watery eyes.
Freeze-dried extract from the leaves of stinging nettle works like an over-the-counter antihistamine, but without the unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness.