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How to get rid of allergies: The 4 best methods for airborne allergy relief

Living with airborne allergies can be a daily struggle, as these invisible allergens in the air can trigger our immune system into overdrive. In this article, we’ll explore practical and effective methods to navigate the challenges of airborne allergies and finding the right allergy relief. 

What is an airborne allergy?

An airborne allergy, is an allergic response to an allergen found in the air, which can cause symptoms like a runny nose, itchy face and streaming eyes – there are four main types of airborne allergy:

If you have an airborne allergy, you may be seeking answers on how to stop allergies immediately or how to get rid of allergies. Sadly, that this is not a realistic option as there is no way to cure an allergy completely, but it is possible to reduce your symptoms and find substantial allergy relief. Let’s take a look at the various options available.

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What are the options for airborne allergy relief? 

The main options for airborne allergy relief are allergy medicines, natural remedies, immunotherapy and air purification technology. Allergy relief can come in different forms, and methods that provide preventative relief prevent the allergic response from occurring, either by eliminating the presence of the allergen or preparing the body in a way that prevents an allergic response. The most effective form of preventative protection is to avoid the allergen completely – for example, if you have an allergy to dander from cats then the best option, where possible, is to avoid spending time around cats or in areas where they live.  

Meanwhile, curative allergy relief can be provided by dealing with the symptoms once they occur. You may have seen that some people with very severe allergies carry an adrenaline shot, which enables the user to breathe in the case of a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) that could otherwise prove fatal – this is a curative form of relief. We won’t be going into detail about such extreme situations though, instead sticking to everyday options for milder airborne allergies! For this, there are four principal categories of relief: 

  1. Allergy medicines
  2. Natural remedies for allergies 
  3. Immunotherapy 
  4. Air purification technology 
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Allergy medicine can help with airborne allergies 

Allergy medications can be used curatively or preventatively, and there are a few kinds that can provide relief from seasonal allergies and other airborne allergy symptoms, including: 

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Decongestants
  • Leukotriene modifiers

The various allergy medicines available can deal with a host of allergy symptoms, the most common of which are: 

  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Congestion
  • Swelling of the airways

Which of these solutions is best for you will depend on your body’s allergic response. Many of them are available over the counter, but if you have a stronger allergy you may need to see a medical professional, who will prescribe an appropriate medication. It’s worth noting that while they can help you to find relief from your symptoms, most medicines have additional effects, known as side effects, many of which can be unpleasant. For instance, studies have linked a kind of antihistamine called H1 receptor blockers to weight gain, and other possible side effects of these allergy drugs include drowsiness, a dry or sore mouth, headaches, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, coughing and blurred vision. 

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Natural remedies can also provide allergy relief 

If you don’t like the idea of risking the side effects associated with pharmaceutical medicines, there are many natural allergy relief solutions available, some of which may prove beneficial for you. Depending on your allergy and the nature of your symptoms, some of the following can help to relieve itching or reduce swelling, which can make it easier to breathe: 

  • Certain foods 
  • Supplements 
  • Physical interventions 

These can include spirulina, probiotics, essential oils and acupuncture, although there are claims about a whole variety of remedies that are said to be effective. It’s also been suggested that the overproduction of histamine, a signaling chemical released by the immune system that is present during an allergic response, can be prevented with: 

  • Stinging nettles 
  • Vitamin C 
  • Quercetin (a flavonoid found in broccoli, cauliflower and green tea) 

Although these home remedies for allergies are natural alternatives, they can still be harmful if used incorrectly or in excessive doses, so it’s important to do your research first and be very careful if using them. 

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Immunotherapy is an option for severe allergies

If you have a serious allergy, including very bad hay fever, your doctor may prescribe immunotherapy, also known as desensitization. This involves regularly administering allergen extracts, with the doses gradually increasing over time, to build up resistance. These are generally provided in the form of injections or sublingual (under the tongue) drops or tablets, while another method of administration under development is skin patches. This strategy, which is also commonly used to help build the tolerance of patients’ immune systems to food allergies and wasp or bee sting allergies, can provide relief in the long term.

Using an air purifier helps by removing allergens from the air

Purifying the air you breathe is an effective management solution for airborne allergies, as this will remove the problem at its source, rather than just preventing symptoms or dealing with any that emerge. An air purifier can help to reduce the levels of airborne allergens like pollen, pet dander, dust mites and mold spores in your home to provide continuous, drug-free allergy relief. There are a few types of air purifier available:

  • Stationary air purifiers are used to purify the air in a room 
  • Portable air purifiers can be moved around to purify the air wherever you are 
  • Wearable air purifiers like Respiray Wear A+ are worn on your body, creating a zone of clean air around the airways 

Unlike allergy medicines, air purifiers provide constant protection for the duration of their usage, which can be beneficial if you’re seeking ongoing relief. However, it’s also worth noting that even after the initial purchase they continue to have costs attached; for example, all air purifiers consume energy and they typically have a filter inside, which will occasionally need replacing. If you consider this worthwhile though, the benefits may make it the right method for you on balance. 

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Respiray Wear A+ is a wearable air purifier for allergies 

As shown, air purifiers can be a valuable tool when it comes to removing allergen particles from the air, but they are not always ideal – for example, they need to be switched on at all times to keep a space clear of harmful particles and cannot be easily brought from one room to another, meaning the protection is gone as soon as you leave the room. Respiray Wear A+ is a wearable air purifier that presents no such issues, staying with you wherever you go to offer effective relief from hay fever and cat and dog allergies, as well as protecting from dust mites, mold and other airborne allergens. 

A wearable air purifier with a convenient, ergonomic design that provides instant, drug-free allergy relief in any indoor environment, Wear A+ also offers advantages over portable air purifiers, providing targeted protection thanks to the creation of a shield of clean air close to your nose and mouth, greatly reducing the ability of allergen particles to reach your airways and cause irritation. If you’re not breathing in any allergens, you can’t have an allergic reaction – it’s really that simple! And not only does Wear A+ remove 99.9% of allergens from the air you breathe, it also effectively eliminates pollutants and viruses, offering all-round protection by keeping your air clear and safe to breathe. 

How do the different methods compare? 

Allergy relief approach Pros Cons 
Allergy medicines Fast relief, with a wide range of symptoms addressed. These medicines are not suitable for everyone and they may have side effects, including drowsiness, nausea and headaches. 
Natural remedies for allergies Natural solutions that are not artificially synthesized. Doubts exist over the effectiveness of these methods 
Immunotherapy Provides relief for severe allergies, for which the other methods may not be able to provide adequate protection. Only for long-term use, does not provide instant relief 
Wearable air purification technology Provides instant protection that lasts as long as the device is in use. No side effects. Costs associated with energy use and filter replacement.  

A combination approach is often optimal 

Rather than sticking to just one of the above solutions, many people find that combining different options such as allergy medicines, natural remedies and air purification technology is the most effective approach. For instance, medication can be useful if an allergic response has already begun, while using a wearable air purifier like Wear A+ can prevent it from arising to begin with by continuously keeping airborne allergens at bay. 

It’s always advisable to consult a healthcare professional, who can help you develop a comprehensive allergy management plan that’s tailored to your needs and circumstances. Ultimately, you may find that you need to experiment in order to find the method that works best for you. 

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