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30 Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief

Butterbur Butterbur comes from a shrub that grows in North America, Asia, and Europe. The name butterbur came about because the large leaves of the plant… Simi - May 4, 2019

Butterbur

Butterbur comes from a shrub that grows in North America, Asia, and Europe. The name butterbur came about because the large leaves of the plant were used to wrap butter to prevent it from going rancid. There is currently a lot of research into the properties of butterbur and why it can help to alleviate allergies. It seems that butterbur is useful in the treatment of nasal allergies such as allergic rhinitis and hay fever. In one study, taking butterbur reduced the number of histamines in the body. Higher levels of histamines cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction and prolong it.

Butterbur is a leukotriene inhibitor. When your body is exposed to an allergen, it releases leukotriene. This substance is inflammatory and causes swelling and pain. By blocking the release of leukotriene, butterbur prevents an allergic reaction or makes it far less severe. Butterbur capsules can be useful in the fight against allergies. Unlike many other natural remedies, processed butterbur is better than unprocessed butterbur. Unprocessed butterbur contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which could cause liver damage. Check that a butterbur product is labeled PA-free. Follow the recommended dose for no longer than 12-16 weeks. The effects of long-term use are not yet apparent.

Measures against mold

Mold is a common allergen. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere. When mold is touched or dislodged, it releases spores into the air. The inhalation of these spores can cause allergic reactions. The symptoms of a mold allergy are similar to other allergic reactions. Signs include sneezing, itching skin and eyes, congestion, and a runny nose. Your skin will also become very dry and scaly. Outdoor mold cannot be avoided. Allergic reactions to outdoor mold tend to be seasonal. The best you can do is be careful about how much time you spend outside when mold counts are high. A dust mask is helpful when doing garden work which might dislodge mold spores.

Indoor mold causes year-round allergic responses. In serious cases, a mold allergy can lead to allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis which has symptoms much like asthma. Mold thrives in moist conditions. A careful inspection of your home can identify areas where mold forms. Mold growth is discouraged if you reduce the indoor humidity of your home. Use an exhaust fan or open a window every time you are introducing moisture into the air. This includes bathing, showering, and washing dishes. You should clean areas where mold is evident aggressively.

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