Allergies to grass pollen: Tips from allergists on natural remedies

Allergies – Bad news for those with allergies to weeds. This pollen is back, and not just a few. On Wednesday, June 1, the National Aerobic Biomonitoring Network released an allergy risk map, and the entire country was in red.

And on this Friday, June 3, the government participated A guide to the right things to do When you are allergic.

So it can be tempting to look for ways to treat or soothe allergies in a natural way. And in the coffee machine as on the Internet, there is no shortage of other remedies and tips for Grandma. But what are they really worth? HuffPost He was able to ask two allergists to juggle between right and wrong about some natural remedies.

Drink a glass of water with honey and apple cider vinegar: No

“It’s not based on anything scientific. It’s all about faith. It could just be a placebo, a feeling,” he assures of HuffPost Allergist Madeline Epstein.

Some also recommend having 1 teaspoon of honey daily. Whether the bee product is dispersed in a glass of water or taken as is can be a problem for people with allergies. In fact, “Honey is also an allergen. Anaphylactic shock (a worsening allergic reaction that can have severe consequences, editor’s note) is possible,” warns Isabelle Boss, an allergist and president of the French Syndicate of Allergists (SYFAL), who also contacted HuffPost.

Eating quail eggs: No

These tiny eggs are often invoked to inhibit an enzyme important in triggering allergic reactions. Allergists here are categorical: their effectiveness is zero, and no study has proven any effect of these eggs on the prevention of allergies or the reduction of their symptoms. “It’s a 35-year-old rumor that we were able to put down because it’s not based on anything,” even Madeleine Epstein fired.

Allergists here are categorical: their effectiveness is zero

Eat onions and garlic: no…

Time and time again, onions and garlic cloves appear as natural tips against allergic rhinitis. But what about her? They may contain natural antihistamines, which is not wrong. However, its consumption does not reduce your sensitivity.

“It’s in such small quantities that you have to eat very large amounts” to have the slightest effect, Isabelle Boss says.

Spread Vaseline under the nose: why not?

Put Vaseline under his nose but any idea? This would prevent most of the pollen from getting to our nose and sticking to the mustache. crazy idea? “It’s not ridiculous, I even think it could work. Some particles can actually stick to it. But that won’t stop the finer from reaching the nostrils. For it to really work, it has to be put into the nostrils…”, offers Madeleine Epstein.

Use a saline solution to clean your nose: Yes

For Isabel Boss, it’s a big yes. Be careful, this won’t make you any less sensitive but it can help you a lot. This makes it possible to empty the remaining particles in the mucous membranes. She recommends that you do this every morning and every evening. And that’s, even if you don’t have an allergy, because your nasal passages are polluted every day.

In the same way, the allergist also recommends that people with allergies clean their eyes morning and evening with a physiological serum.

Wash hair at night: Yes

“This prevents particles from spreading into the rooms, and that’s actually part of the advice,” confirms Madeleine Epstein.

“Hair is a great pollen catcher. By washing your hair when you come home in the evening, or at least by brushing it in the bathroom, you avoid inhaling allergens all night long,” explains Isabelle Boss, to avoid picking up too much pollen. It is also a good idea to tie your hair if it is long or wear a hat.

It’s also best to leave your clothes in the bathroom so you don’t bring the particles back into the bedroom.

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“Hair is a great pollen catcher. By washing your hair when you come home in the evening, or at least by brushing it in the bathroom, you avoid inhaling allergens all night long,” explains Isabelle Boss.

Open windows in the morning and evening: Yes

“You have to ventilate either early in the morning or late at night,” says Madeline Epstein. These are the times of the day when the air has the fewest pollen and pollutants. On the other hand, Isabelle Bosset says, “It’s best to avoid opening windows on the most vulnerable days.”

Against allergies, in addition to antihistamines or corticosteroids, there is also a desensitizing solution, a method that works well as long as the pollen is well targeted.

See also on The HuffPost: Pollen Allergies: 6 Natural Tips To Keep Your Lawn Splash Affecting You As Little As Possible

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