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Natural Alternatives to Nasonex

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author image Angie Briggs
Angie Briggs has been a health and fitness writer since 2006. Her articles have been published on eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and GardenGuides. She graduated from Thompson Institute with a diploma as a computer support specialist and received certification from CareerStep as a medical transcriptionist and medical language specialist.
Natural Alternatives to Nasonex
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Nasonex&mdash;a brand name for the drug mometasone&mdash;is a prescription steroidal nasal spray that is used in the treatment of allergies. Nasonex works to reduce swelling, sneezing and runny nose. For people who have minor allergies, sometimes a little extra effort or a few lifestyle changes can help reduce or eliminate symptoms of allergies. Talk to your doctor before changing or stopping any allergy medications.

Reduce Exposure

Many allergens can be avoided, or you can limit your contact with them. Be diligent about checking ingredients if you suffer from food allergies. Install a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to keep airborne allergens at bay. Shut the windows during allergy seasons that particularly affect you or your family.

Clean Regularly

Cleaning can help eliminate allergens or other allergy irritants. Wash bedding and stuffed toys in hot water that is 130 degrees F or higher to kill off dust mites and their dung. Vacuum and dust on a regular basis. Animal dander can be a source of allergies for many people. Clean your pet&#039;s bedding regularly and brush your pet to reduce shedding and animal dander around the house. Wash your hands after playing with your pet. Run a dehumidifier to help reduce dust mites and mold. You may want to consider exchanging carpeting for hardwood floors, as carpet can house many allergens that vacuuming can miss.

Herbs

Some herbs boast usefulness in treating symptoms of allergies, but there is not much in evidence or case studies available to prove their effectiveness. Always talk to your doctor before trying any herbs. Some herbs can interact with prescription or over-the-counter medications. According to Mayo Clinic, butterbur, cat&rsquo;s claw, choline, goldenseal, stinging nettle, belladonna and bromelain may be effective natural allergy treatments. Pycnogenol comes from the bark of the European coastal pine and has mild anti-inflammatory effects, according to &ldquo;52 Brilliant Ideas to Beat Your Allergies.&rdquo;

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy involves receiving allergy shots that contain a trace amount of the allergen. Allergy shots work to desensitize the body so the allergic response becomes minimal or even goes away. Allergy shots are used over a substantial period of time&mdash;often three to five years&mdash;and given in gradual increments.

Supplements

Dietary supplements can be taken to help supplement any deficiencies and keep the body&rsquo;s immune system healthy. &ldquo;Allergy Free Naturally&rdquo; recommends taking vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E complex, carotenoid complex, selenium, zinc, magnesium and calcium.

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