Seasonal allergies, or hay fever, produce cold-like symptoms that can range from irritating to temporarily debilitating. While there are many pharmaceutical answers to allergies, these all come with potential side effects — namely drying nasal passages, drowsiness and other effects that may not be a desirable part of an active life. However, there are many natural allergy remedies and lifestyle changes that have shown to be helpful in dealing with the symptoms of hay fever. According to the Mayo Clinic, "It helps to know exactly what you're allergic to so that you can take steps to avoid your specific triggers." These tips are designed to help limit exposure to the most common seasonal allergens.
Home remedies. While there's not much in home remedies that can stop an allergic reaction, many natural remedies can reduce the symptoms associated to seasonal allergies. This includes common foods with anti-inflammatory effects, such as garlic, to help alleviate stuffy nose. Stinging nettle may also be beneficial against seasonal allergies. If your allergies are causing sinus pressure and pain, few remedies work more swiftly than horseradish. Either add horseradish to your favorite spicy dish or cold-cut sandwich, or if you're feeling especially brave, take a teaspoon of horseradish plain or mixed with equal parts of a creamy dressing. The effect on your sinuses and congestion will be immediate.
Lifestyle changes. Many allergic reactions can be limited or prevented with just a few small lifestyle changes. Avoid working outside during allergy season — especially lawn or garden work that will kick up mold and pollen. If you can't avoid the work, try wearing a dust mask while doing these chores, and then promptly change your clothes when you get back inside. Indoor allergies can be controlled by thoroughly vacuuming carpets with a vacuum that has a high-quality filter, bathing pets at least once a week, and performing regular maintenance on heating and air conditioning filters. For serious allergies, it may help to prevent your pets from entering your bedroom and to remove rugs or carpets, if necessary.