Allergic rhinitis is a long term condition and almost 20% of the US people are affected by it. When you inhale any dust particle or pollen, your immune system overreacts. Your body releases certain chemicals in reaction which triggers allergic symptoms. There are basically two types of allergic rhinitis – Seasonal and Perennial. Seasonal rhinitis occurs mostly during autumn when there is a huge amount of tree and grass pollens in the air. But the Perennial rhinitis can occur all the year round. People who have a history of allergy in their family, or have a weaker immune system are more vulnerable to this.
The treatment is divided into two major parts – Preventive and Remedial.
Preventive stage: If you are concerned enough about your allergic problem, you should take some preventive measures to keep yourself free from the allergic attack. The TO-DO list includes:
• Control the dust inside your house. Dust it regularly and wash the bed linens in hot water.
• Clean your bathtubs and shower regularly.
• Control pet allergens by limiting them in certain areas.
• Use lightweight bed sheets and curtains.
• Avoid going out in the open when pollen count is really high in the air.
Remedial stage: Even after doing all these, there is no guarantee that you won’t be attacked by allergens. If so happens, you can do the following things:
• Take 2 cups of warm water and mix 1 tsp. of salt and a pinch of baking soda with it. Then take in the mixture from one nostril and take it out from the other. Then reverse the technique. Do it a couple of times daily.
• Have some boiling water in a big bowl and add 1 slice of medicated menthol. Cover your head with a big towel and take the vapor in your nostrils. You can also perform this procedure with ginger.
• If your condition is out of control, please consult with a doctor.
By Habiba Sultana Kana