Home Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis
If you know that pollens are the cause of your rhinitis, smearing some petroleum jelly inside your nose can be very effective. This is because pollen grains split and release their aggravating contents after landing on a watery surface, not a greasy one. Always make sure you reapply the cream after blowing your nose.
What you eat during the pollen season may increase your sensitivity as the allergens in pollen are similar to those found in some foods. Most people find that they can eat the problem foods without any difficulties at other times of the year. If your symptoms improve after avoiding the foods listed below, it is worth challenging yourself with each food separately, as you may find you don't need to avoid them all.
If you react to tree pollens - symptoms occur from midwinter onwards - avoid:
hazelnuts, celery, carrots, swede (rutabaga), parsnips and potatoes (including peeling potatoes).
If you react to grass and cereal pollens - symptoms occur in early summer - avoid:
milk (cow's, ewe's and goat's), and all milk products, including cheese and yogurt.
related cereals: wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn (maize), wild rice.
other foods: all beans and lentils, including peanuts (groundnuts), soya and soya
products, liquor-ice, tapioca, and senna (which may be present in medication).