5 Tips for Relieving Sinus Allergies and Pressure

5 Tips for Relieving Sinus Allergies and Pressure NaturallyWeather is warming, snow is melting and the sun is shining – and for many, that means one thing: allergies. There are natural steps you can take for preventing or relieving sinus allergies and pressure so that you can go on with life.

While colds are caused by viruses, allergies are caused by irritation. According to WebMD, tissue lining the nose can swell when irritated by an allergens such as seasonal pollen or ragweed, or year round allergens like pet dander, mold, and dust mites. When your body has an allergic reaction, a chemical called ”histamine” is released and these can cause those irritating symptoms, like a runny nose, itchiness or coughing.

Why Natural Remedies are Best

As a life long allergy sufferer, I have tried numerous products over the years – both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), and all of them have had one thing in common: my system becomes resistant to them. In addition, the most common OTC treatment for allergies is an antihistamine. These drugs unfortunately can cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and intestinal issues. The Mayo Clinic reports that you can even overdose on antihistamines putting you at risk for convulsions or seizures, faintness, difficulty breathing and other symptoms. Taken together, treating the root cause and relieving sinus allergies without OTC medication is a wise choice.

5 Ways to Relieve Sinus Allergies and Pressure

How can you relieve your sinus allergies without medication? Allergies that attack the sinuses can often be helped with a common sense approach, but it may take a little digging to investigate the source of your problem.

1. Know your allergen

The first question is to figure out what allergen is triggering the reaction. I would avoid doing a scratch test personally, especially on your child. They are very uncomfortable and can have false positives. First, try to investigate the problem on your own. Keep a record of where and when an allergy strikes. Things to note include:

  • What have I just eaten? For example, a dairy allergy can lead to a runny nose and congestion after drinking milk or eating cheese. If you frequently consume dairy, you may attribute the allergy to something else so you may want to avoid the most common trigger foods for a while.
  • What season is it? Mold and pollen cause outdoor allergies. You may be able to check the local pollen and spore count for your area on any given day at the AAAAI database.
  • What was the weather like? We often think of “allergy season,” but personally I tend to experience sinus inflammation on high-pressure days, such as when it’s very grey outside which could mean mold is a trigger.
  • Is there a particular place or area my allergies occur? Look at the environment you are in where your allergies are the worst. For example, my daughter is allergic to dust mites, so going to bed was a trigger for her.

2. Eat to prevent and reduce reactions

No matter what causes your allergy, certain foods are more likely to ramp up your inflammation and irritation. When I feel a sinus headache coming on, foods I avoid that day include wheat products, dairy, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Avoid excess sugar and processed foods. Instead, choose options that will provide maximum healing benefits. On high allergy days, try eating these foods:

3. Avoid irritants

Just like eating proactively, you will want to avoid pollutants that can ramp up your allergy when possible. These not only include pollen or mold, but cigarette smoke, fragrances, car fumes, salon chemicals like hair spray, chemical cleaning products and air fresheners. In addition, if you are allergic to dust mites, invest in a hypoallergenic bottom sheet and pillowcase to reduce your exposure. With care, these linens can last a long time and make you feel better. I used this solution to help my daughter.

4. Clear your sinuses

A Neti Pot uses pure saline water to irrigate your sinuses and remove those allergens and mucus build-up. It can clear you up and relieve pressure that can lead to pain. For those of you who are uncomfortable with this process, you can steam out your sinuses, just by running hot water in your bathroom and putting a towel over your head and faucet to trap the steam.

5. Clean your house

This is a challenge if you are in the throes of an allergy attack, but try to wait until your reactions calm down to clean.

  • Dusting: You’ll need to dust out hard-to-reach places such as a ceiling fans under the couch and high shelves to eliminate as much dust as possible. Here are more ways to “Bust that dust”!
  • Vacuum thoroughly, from under your couch cushions to molding where dust can accumulate. You may want to consider buying a vacuum with a HEPA-rated filter.
  • Use an air filter: If you live in a house, may also want to buy an allergen air filter – and remember to replace it frequently.
  • Scrub tile and corners in your bathroom well to eliminate mold.
  • Vent wisely: Strategically open or close windows. While you want to vent out toxins, you also want to make sure you are not opening a window near a pollen or mold source, particularly on a windy day. Keep your windows closed on high pollen and mold days and open when levels are low.
  • Use natural cleaners. Cleaners or air fresheners – even candles – with fragrances or harsh chemicals can irritate the allergy. I recommend using unscented, organic cleaners or make your own.
  • Remove your shoes. You don’t need your family tracking in more pollen, dust and allergens!

These 5 strategies will go a long way to keeping your home clean and clear of allergens and keep your family breathing easy.

5 Tips for Relieving Sinus Allergies and Pressure Naturally

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6 Responses to 5 Tips for Relieving Sinus Allergies and Pressure

  1. Faith March 31, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    Thank you posting this! I am struggling with allergy & sinus issues right now.

  2. hippygirl March 31, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Ah, my husband suffers in the Spring with allergies…and I guess I need to really dust the winter out of the house! Thanks for some great ideas on how to help him out!

  3. Renee Kohley March 31, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Great tips! And that first one is SO important. One of my girls had seasonal allergies and once we took eggs out of her diet that were irritating and healed up her gut she was fine in the season changes.

  4. linda spiker March 31, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Sharing with my husband who suffers form allergies!

  5. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish March 31, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    These are really great tips! So helpful. Allergies can be so rough for some. Pinning this one.

  6. Lisa March 31, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Thanks for the tips! Eastern Redcedar is one of my allergens and they are blooming right now. It’s so pretty outside but it’s making me sneeze!

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