Understanding Medical Problems

2 Allergy Treatments You Probably Didn't Think Of

Living with the uncomfortable symptoms of allergies is difficult. From constant sneezing and a runny nose to itchy, watery eyes, it is easy to see how this discomfort can wreak havoc on your life.  An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, but many do not know how to ease their symptoms without the use of medications. If you are currently suffering from nasal allergies, consider trying one of these options for relief.

Probiotics In Food or Supplement Form

When you come in contact with allergens, your immune system goes through a great deal of stress to help your body recover. Recovery is possible, but it can affect your immune system long term, causing you to experience even more symptoms, such as sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and breathing difficulty.

Improving the strength of your immune system will help and this can be accomplished with probiotics.

Probiotics are actually bacteria that is good for your health. Not only does this bacteria improve your digestive system, but it will also strengthen your immune system.

Fortunately, you can increase your intake of probiotics by eating certain foods or taking a daily supplement.

Consider adding yogurt, kefir, pickles, sauerkraut, or Kombucha Tea to your daily diet. Or, take a dietary supplement that contains probiotics.

Heating and Cooling Maintenance

The HVAC system of your house is not only responsible for heating and cooling. It is also an essential part of your home's indoor air quality. From balancing humidity levels to ensure your home is healthy to reducing allergens in the air, the importance of maintaining this system is easy to see if you suffer from allergies to dust, dander, or mold.

Your system is designed to bring air from the outside, condition it, and then move it through the ductwork and vents of your home. During this process, air is not the only element moving through your home. Dirt, dust, dander, and even mold spores may also move through your home's vents, decreasing the quality of your air.

In most cases, the filters will trap this dust and debris, but changing the filters regularly will be necessary. Experts recommend replacing the system's filters every 2 to 3 months to reduce allergens in the air. If you have pets or suffer from extreme allergies, replacing the filter once a month may be necessary.

With spring quickly approaching, preparing for the season's allergies is smart. By increasing your intake of probiotics and maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can reduce your allergy symptoms. Also, ask your doctor about allergy treatments.