How to get rid of allergies without medicine depends on cause. Allergies can be mere annoyances (sniffling and sneezing of hay fever is not fatal, for example). Other allergies may need serious attention.
Basic allergies like sinus problems can be treated at home. Ensuring a home’s air is fairly clean is a good first line of defense. Installing air filters or ionizers may also prove useful. A more attractive way to clean a home’s air is to place common spider plants around. These ornamentals are said to act as air scrubbers, filtering out particulates before releasing oxygen back into the room.
If the allergy is already fully engaged, some of the sinus issues can be resolved using a neti pot. It is used in the practice of nasal irrigation, also known as nasal lavage, or nasal douche. The device looks like a tiny teapot with a spout. The spout end is inserted into a nostril. The user snorts up the cleansing liquid (usually a saline solution) from the pot. The liquid expels though the other, unobstructed nostril, flushing out excess mucus and congestion along with pollen, dust and other potential allergens. A more advanced version of this ancient tool, found in clinical settings, is the mechanical Grossan sinus irrigator.
Nasal steamers are also great at helping a person cope with mild allergies. By inhaling moist, warm steam a user can reduce the risk of nasal inflammation. These steamers may also be used with different aromatherapy oils, which further enhances breathing and reduces congestion.
Stings are usually not life-threatening unless a person is allergic to that insect’s venom. The most common insect sting allergies are those of bees and wasps. Stingers, except those of honeybees, are generally not intentionally left behind but may break off when a stinging insect is brushed away. A honeybee’s abdomen tears away from its body, leaving a venom-filled sac that continues pumping poison via a barbed stinger lodged in place.
Remove the stinger if it is present. Gently scrape it away using a credit card or the dull edge of a knife (squeezing with tweezers, especially in the case of a bee stinger with its venom sac attached, will only inject more venom into the sting site). If a person is not allergic to bee or wasp stings, a good home remedy for stings is to make a paste with powdered meat-tenderizer (found in any spice rack) and water. Tenderizer contains an enzyme that reduces swelling around the sting area, scaling back the pain. It also slows the skin’s absorption of venom.
Of course, use sound judgment. Not every allergic situation can be fixed without medication. Allergies to stinging insects, for instance, may present a more serious condition: anaphylactic shock. The quickest remedy to avoid lapsing into a coma and dying is to administer an epinephrine shot. Pre-measured “epi pens” should be in homes of those with known allergies; the shot is given under the skin into muscle (never into veins or arteries). An emergency room trip is mandatory, also.
Just remember that learning how to get rid of allergies without the use of medicine depends largely on the nature of the allergy. Also, home remedies do not get rid of allergies; they only ease allergy symptoms. For mild symptoms, some home remedies can work. Always see a doctor for more serious reactions.