Homeopathic Remedies for Allergies
Treating allergies with homeopathic remedies allows people to avoid the side effects associated with prescription and over-the-counter allergy medications. Homeopathic remedies for allergies include treatments that may prevent allergies from occurring or reduce the symptoms of existing allergies. People who are considering using homeopathic remedies to treat their allergies should first consult a doctor to avoid any potentially serious medical effects.
Consumption of locally made honey is thought to help prevent the onset of allergies caused by pollen by exposing the body to allergens and allowing the immune system to familiarize with the proteins that trigger allergies.
Allergies caused by hay fever or pollen may be treated with saline rinses of the sinuses, using a neti pot or squeeze bottle to shoot a stream of solution through the sinuses to loosen mucus and reduce swelling.
Allergic reactions to bug bites or insect stings can be relieved with a paste of baking soda and water or aloe vera at the site of the bite, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Contact dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction in the skin to plants such as poison ivy or oak, can be treated by bathing in oatmeal or using an oatmeal paste if the area of affected skin is small.
A cloth soaked in cool water or a cotton pad soaked in witch hazel may relieve hives that result from allergic reactions in the skin.