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What are some natural treatments for allergies?

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Alternative therapies such as acupuncture can sometimes help alleviate the effects off nasal allergies, according to WebMD. Homeopathic remedies can sometimes help desensitize individuals to plants that cause allergies. Engaging in vigorous exercise relieves stuffiness in the nose and wards off congestion, says the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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To ease breathing and decongest the nose, inhale steam a number of times a day, which helps relive allergic symptoms. The treatment involves placing a towel over the head to trap steam or running a hot shower for a few minutes while sitting in the bathroom. Increasing intake of water and other fluids thins mucus in the nose and relieves congestion, states WebMD. Hot fluids provide a soothing effect because they include steam.

Eating a low-fat diet that includes complex carbohydrates reduces allergic symptoms. Good foods to eat include green vegetables, deep yellow vegetables, beets, carrots, nettles and garlic. Reducing intake of wheat, sugar, dairy products and chocolate can help keep allergic symptoms from worsening. Bioflavonoids such as catechin and hesperidin, which are natural antihistamines, provide an anti-allergenic effect, according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

A nasal rinse reduces postnasal drip and eliminates bacteria in nasal passages by cleaning mucus. To make a rinse kit, mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces sterilized water and a pinch of baking soda. Gently flush the nostrils one at a time, recommends WebMD.

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