Remedies to fight against Allergies

Filed Under (Sinus Problems) by rashmi on 08-07-2012

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Allergy is the hyper sensational reaction of the body because of the decreased immunity level. Allergy need not be harmful but it is the result of reaction towards airborne antigens.

An allergy is a vast infection response of the body with the reaction of runny nose, itchy eyes, and rash skin. Generally allergy aggravates the sense of smell, sight and taste by causing irritation. Sometimes body over reacts to the allergic substance that may cause extreme disability and loss of antibody (lgE)

Running Nose

Reaction of Allergy

With the reaction of allergic course, the antibodies present in the allergic cell of the body will be bound which results in allergic symptoms. Once the person’s immunity level is exposed to allergen it blocks the immune system and makes the body prone to the sensitization.

Alternative Remedy for Allergy

You can adopt some basic activities in order change your lifestyle and gain better health in improving your immunity level.

 

Regular Walk

Regular walk or habitual running process helps your cardinal functional to improve and support in maintaining your resistant level. Walking is one of the easiest ways to keep your body fit and active enough as it is able to sustain respiratory rhythmic activity.

Shower instantly and cleanse your Nose and eyes

It is always better to take regular shower after you workout or go out and come in dust. It is also good to use mask in order to avoid pollens or dust in the air, also try wearing sunglasses in hot sun so that it avoids the allergy in eyes like red eyes or itching.

Try Swimming

  • Workout your body with water based workout as swimming is truly a good remedy for any sort of high humid breathing problems including asthma. Though it is said that chlorine may induce your asthma it does not affect people who exercise for few laps and may slightly affect the elite athletes who swims many laps at a time.
  • Keep your house and surrounding close and clean
  • In your house and in the car you travel try to close windows and use air conditioner that will clean, clear and cool the air you breath.
  • Try to avoid using hair gels and hairsprays that may trap the dust and pollen in your hairs.

If you are already prone to allergy

What are the remedies to be considered if you have already been facing high risk problem of allergy:

Undergoing therapies

You have the option to undergo alternative therapies which are the best solution to the allergies like acupuncture, massages but keep in mind to go to a right and experienced therapist. These treatments are not harmful and will not have any clinical side effects.

Medicines or inhaled steroids

Most of us have confusion if long term use of allergy medicine would spoil the health. Almost all the medicines available in the market are continually tested and improved. These medicines are truly good and safe for allergies that will not produce any side effect. The medicines such as Veramyst and Nasonex are considered as the basics to control airborne allergies.

Many people would also have steroid phobia and they can consider the inhaled steroids which give several benefits with minimal risks.

Best and reliable nasal wash

Neti Pot Usage

Using neti pot for nasal saline solution for nasal wash will work well naturally to flush out allergens and mucus in the nasal cavities. Remember to avoid Afrin or any other similar nasal decongestant. Though they give immediate effect of clearing your problem but they can cause problems with repeated use.

Got a Runny Nose?

Filed Under (Common Cold, Sinus Problems) by rashmi on 24-04-2012

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How would you feel if you have runny nose, sniffles and a stuffed up head. Irritating congestion is truly a bother!

Don’t worry, there is an excellent solution for your problem. It is called Neti Pot Therapy and you can do it at home.

Symptoms and Causes of Common Cold

Common cold is the blockage and annoying feeling in the upper part of the body like respiratory tract. Usually various types of viruses will enter the body through the nose and mouth. Virus, bacteria that creates infection can easily spread while you touch something or someone who are infected with virus. There are more than 200 types of viruses that cause common cold. In most cases, cold are very mild reaction and people recover easily without much difficulty.

The symptoms or the signs may vary from person to person, depending upon the type of bacterial or viral infection. Whereas basic symptoms usually will be sneezing, a abrasive throat, nasal congestion, cough, headache, a stuffed or a runny nose.

People who suffer from cold usually have runny nose for two to three days with continuation of stuffy nose for two or three days more.

Basic Care for Cold

The basic and foremost habit to cultivate to avoid cold is to hand wash: very simple yet very effective tool to avoid cold symptoms. Antibacterial gels are also available in the market that are very useful in killing cold germs.

Covering your mouth and nose with a clean cloth while you cough or sneeze may also avoid spread of viruses.

Clearing the Blockage

Usually nasal cavities are filled up with air. When the sinuses are blocked with the common cold and filled with fluid, then it may lead to nasal swelling. Bacteria grow in the sinuses and cause the infection. Surely clearing the blockage will reduce the infection and relive you from irritated pain and restlessness.

It is well known that cold is self limited illness that needs to resolve by its own with time. Usually body needs to fight off the infection.

Let us look into some do’s and do not’s. There are some simple remedies that can alleviate you from common cold symptoms.

Traditional Treatment for Treating Cold

Basic practice to be done in treating common cold is to take plenty of water or fluids in order to prevent your body in dehydration. It is also recommended to take rest which may avoid your body from losing   water content and may make you feel relax to an extent.

Gargling with warm water mixed with salt will relieve the symptoms. Inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil also gives you comfort. Throat sprays, cough syrup, nasal drops may help in reducing the symptoms, but it is important to know about the undesirable side effects of such medications. Remember to use any aspirin or aspirin containing medications for children or teenagers since it can cause potentially fatal condition over repeated usage. Cough and cold medicines are not recommended to infants and children at all.

The New Solution – Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation can be used as parallel remedy for the process which is considered as the best therapy to treat common cold. The neti pot is a small pot with a spout and a handle. The spout is designed in such a way so that it is easy to plug it in one’s nostril. You should use neti pot therapy with the proportionate salt solution.

Once the Neti Pot is filled with the saline solution made, tilt your head over the sink at 45 degree angle. Now gently pour the saline solution into the nostril.

Flow the fluid into your nasal cavity and let it pass out with other nostril. After every circulation blow your nose to get rid of any leftover liquid, and then once again repeat the process from the other nostril which will surely relieve you from common cold and runny nose.

If you want to learn more check out Neti Pot Treatment article

Nasal Irrigation with a Neti Pot

Filed Under (Neti Pot Guides, Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 11-05-2010

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Nasal irrigation has been advised for sinus infections since ages. It is the most simplest and effective solution to cure Sinusitis.

What is nasal irrigation? It is a therapy of cleaning the nasal and sinus passage with the lukewarm saline solution and flushing out all the dirt and the impurities from the passage.

So how exactly does the nasal irrigation help? The cilia, the small hair at the entrance of the nasal passage, are the primary defense against any dirt or impurity. Usually they block the foreign particles. They are cleaned regularly by breathing or sometimes by blowing your nose. The second defense mechanism in your nasal passage is mucous. This is used to trap the foreign particles. Now because of pollution and other external factors, these defence mechanisms tend to become weak, thus leading to sinus infections. The nasal irrigation tends to flush away all the dirt, thereby giving way to effective working of cilia and mucous.

Nasal irrigation with a neti pot has been recommended as the best method by health experts.

How to use Neti Pot for Nasal Irrigation

You need to take care of the following points while you use the neti pot:

  • Ensure that the water that you use for the saline solution is not very hot.
  • Check the concentration of the salt in the solution. It should be same as that of your tears.
  • Ensure that you know the steps of nasal irrigation well before you go ahead with it.

After filling the neti pot with the saline solution, tilt your head in an angle at which you can comfortably pour water into your nostril. The water will flow through the nasal passage and then will rush outside the other nostril.

Initially you might find this process messy with most of the water running out without cleaning the nasal passage. The water might rush to your throat some times. If so, then spit it out. But with practice, you will soon master this cleansing process. Inculcate this habit into your daily schedule like any other daily task like brushing your teeth. At the end, blow your nose to throw out any water left inside and repeat the process for the other nostril.

Curing Sinus Problems with Neti Pots

Regular use of these neti pots has been found effective in reducing the nasal congestion and pain. In fact, many claim that due to the nasal irrigation through neti pots, their dependency on medicines and inhalers have actually reduced. The nasal irrigation through neti pots has been found to have alleviated symptoms of asthma, hay fever.

So if you have the running nose, heaviness in the head and face and have been irritated a lot by your sinus infection, then you should definitely try nasal irrigation by using neti pot. You will definitely notice some positive changes in you soon.

Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

Filed Under (Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 09-05-2010

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Had enough of the running nose and the heavy head? Tired of taking medicines for that infection and congestion of your sinus? Ever thought of any other solution other than your nasal spray for your sinus infection? The happy news is that there are some home remedies which can bring lot of relief for your sinus as well as lessen your dependency on medicines.

Before we proceed to the simple yet effective home remedies, let us first get to know the details of the problem- sinus infection.

Sinuses, the small nasal cavities, are sometimes blocked by dust or dirt and cause inflammation of the nasal passage which in turn leads to sinus infection. Some of the symptoms of sinus infection are running nose, sneezing, headache, cold and fever.

One thing that you need to remember is that as soon as you experience these symptoms, you need to administer the home remedies. These remedies might not be very effective in the later stages. Then you might have to take the protection of other medicines and nasal sprays.

Inexpensive Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

Steam Inhalation

This is one of the most common remedy for any sort of cold and congestion. Just take some hot steaming water in a bowl and inhale the vapour. Keep doing this again and again until you feel the congestion disappearing. This process basically removes the blockage in the nasal passage and allows free breathing.

Use of Garlic

The regular use of garlic has found to have amazing effect on your sinuses. You can consume the clove of a garlic as a whole, or drink its juice or take garlic capsules. For some people, the process of inhaling the vapors of chopped garlic in water also has proved to be useful in treating the infection.

Use of Apple Cider Vinegar

Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water can prove to be a good remedy if drunk two to three times a day. This is because of the potassium content in apple cidar vinegar.

Use Lots of Water

Drink loads and loads of water and you will be surprisingly relieved of most of the symptoms of sinus infection.

Nasal Saline Irrigation

This has been proved to be the most powerful home remedy for sinus congestion. With a neti pot and saline solution, you can actually work wonders for that blocked nasal passage. The details of this method is dealt in the further part of the article.

Nasal Saline Irrigation

This nasal saline irrigation method has originated and practised in India and other eastern countries since ancient times. It is also known as Jala Neti.

Buy a neti pot that you find comfortable, preferably a steel one. Make a saline solution with the same concentration as that of your tears. Fill the pot with the solution. Over a sink, tilt your head in such a way that you can pour the solution into one of your nostrils easily. The water enters your nasal passage, flushes out all the dirt and rushes out of another nostril. Blow you nose, dry it and then repeat the same with another nostril.

Include this process as a daily ritual just like brushing your teeth. You can do it almost three to four times a day.

It is important that you have understood the process well. If you are unsure about a step, then confirm it from someone who practices it regularly.

The regular practice of nasal saline irrigation will definitely bring down the sinus infection majorly. The simplicity, effectiveness and the cost factor of this method has made it very popular throughout the world. So just bid good bye to all your sinus troubles without the aid of any medicine or a nasal spray from now on.

Neti Pot Therapy for Sinusitis

Filed Under (Neti Pot Therapy, Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 30-04-2010

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Sinusitis is a condition in which the openings of the sinuses are blocked due to inflammation of the inner lining of sinuses. The mucous is blocked leading to a pressure of the blockage causing pain. The symptoms of sinusitis are running nose and a heavy feeling in the head.

The environmental pollution is one of the major reasons of sinusitis. The dust, pollen and other irritants are the major culprits of sinusitis.

It is a known fact that the saline solution is very good cleanser for the nasal part. Neti pot provides you the right way of taking and emitting the saline solution. It is the most efficient and safe method to cleanse your nasal passage with salt and water.

By using the neti pot, one can clean the sinuses and breathe more easily and freely. The salt water or the saline solution, which is used with the neti pot, should be almost of the same concentration as your tears. It washes away all the dirt and impurities in your nasal passage, thereby purifying it totally.

Now, the hygiene of the nasal passage is very important. If it is clouded with dust, pollen or any other impurity, then it could actually invite lot of respiratory diseases. So it is very important to ensure that the nasal cavity is always clean and free.

When you are buying a neti pot, ensure that the tip of the spout fits all sizes of nostrils. In fact, Jala Neti or the nasal irrigation technique works the best if the spout fits correctly into your nostril.

Steps to follow for Jala Neti

  1. Make a saline solution using warm water. You need to take care of the fact that the water should not be too cold or too hot.
  2. Tilt your head a bit and pour the warm water into the upper nostril from the spout of the Neti pot.
  3. You will feel the water running through the passage and then pouring out from the other nostril.
  4. Keep the neti pot in the same angle so as to let the water flow into your nose due to gravity.
  5. Finally when the water in the neti pot is exhausted and when all the water has gone out of another nostril, come back to the normal position.
  6. Repeat the above steps for the other nostril now.
  7. After the process is complete, gently exhale so as to release any water inside.

Once you get used to the technique, the whole procedure will not take more than three minutes. You can practise it up to four times a day. The ideal time would be in the morning before breakfast. Include this in your daily morning ritual and make it a healthy habit.

Usually one gets nervous while doing this cleansing technique for the first time. Ensure that you have understood the directions properly and if you are still in doubt, please take the help of people who are already doing it. Do not perform this neti until you understand the process thoroughly.

Initially, you might see that the water does not flow uniformly through the nostrils. U might swallow the water instead. But you know that practice makes you perfect and within few days, you would have mastered the technique.

This age old practice of Jala neti by using the neti pot has shown lot of positive results regarding sinus infections over the years. So why don’t you adopt this easy and reliable technique and bid good bye to all your sinus infections?