4 Ways to Stop an Allergy Attack Before it Starts
The best way to cope with allergies is to prevent attacks before they start. There are over-the-counter and prescription drugs that can help, as well as a variety of herbs and supplements. Here are four other effective approaches to prevention.
1. Take Fish Oil Every Day
Fish oil reduces inflammation in the body. It also helps your heart and the rest of the body—not just your allergies. Take 1,500 milligrams a day.
2. Before Allergy Season Begins, Start Taking Bee Propolis
Made by bees, this substance contains various flavonoids, including quercetin and is thought to inhibit inflammation related to allergies. Start taking 500 milligrams of it 2 to 3 times a day 4 to 6 weeks before allergy season begins (assuming you have seasonal allergies) or take daily if you have perennial allergies. Don’t take this remedy if you’re allergic to bees.
3. Consider Allergy Shots
Also called desensitization shots or immunotherapy, allergy shots work by gradually desensitizing your immune system to the substance to which you’re allergic. They take several weeks (and often dozens of shots) to do the job, and don’t work for everyone, but if your allergies are really making you miserable, they’re worth a try.
4. Limit Your Exposure to Allergens
Closing the windows and running the AC, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, replacing carpeting with hard flooring and changing bed linens (especially pillowcases) often help limit your exposure to pollen, dust mites and mold. Running a dehumidifier can also keep mold growth in check. Ask your doctor for more ways to reduce your allergen exposure.