How to Treat Allergies: Self-Care
Avoiding allergens and irritants isn't always practical or possible, so keep these self-care measures up your sleeve to help you get the allergy relief you need
- Use a saline nasal spray or rinse to help clear your nose of mucus and irritating allergens. Here's how to do it.
- Take a shower or go for a swim to wash pollen from your skin and hair. But keep in mind that chlorine may make allergy symptoms worse for some people, so opt for a dip in the ocean or in a stream, lake, or saltwater pool.
- Drink lots of fluids. Staying well hydrated helps keep the lining of your nose and sinuses moist and healthy and in good working order.
- Steam away stuffiness. Breathing in steam -- in a hot shower or over a bowl of hot water -- may provide temporary relief by opening stuffed sinuses and promoting drainage.
- Use a cold compress or chilled gel mask to soothe itchy, irritated eyes.
For more information on how to treat allergies or to learn more about the causes of allergies, explore our allergy resources page.