Allergy Remedies

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Dietary Suggestions

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[YEA]  02/17/2009: Joshua from Lakeland, Fl: "I've had allergies since i was fairly young and at 25 had a sinus surgery which was an incredible relief (clearing polyps etc.) I could breath like a kid again. One year later pressure and symptoms returned to approximately the same level as before the surgery.. So I went on a vegan diet. i cute out all meat and dairy. And this has helped alot. I dont take any meds or shots any longer. I can breath clearly through my nose almost every day excepting the few days which i am getting a cold/allergy. After six months of this diet I havent had a cold that's lasted more than 2 days."

[YEA]  07/02/2006: Vil from Wheaton MD: "Thanks for your website. I had suffered from a stuffed up nose and frequent sinus infections for the last 15 yrs. Tried all kinds of meds, but one of them actually caused liver problems. A friend gave me the phone # of a doctor who treats patients naturally and I visited him. It's amazing what cutting out dairy has meant for my life: no chronic headaches or stomach aches any more, and most of my allergies have cleared up (mold is still a problem). For those people who aren't completely helped by dairy elimination, try identifying other foods; for me, avoiding yeast was the final piece in the puzzle. But when I give in to temptation, the ACV really helps, esp. the vapors!"

[YEA]  09/01/2005: Frank from Brooklyn, NY: "I found that cutting down on sugar and soda intake can eliminate allergies. I used to be unable to open my eyes at pollen season. Now that I'm not a soda addict for years I've been allergy free. I recently started to drink soda again and the allergies came storming back. Why is this relation so?"

Echinacea, Golden Seal

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[YEA]  12/26/2012: Wisdom Ace from Port Huron, Michigan: "I have allergies that cause me to cough incessantly. At night I have post nasal drip very bad. I am allergic to household molds and dust and tree pollen. I had allergy shots and medications for 8 years but when I started taking Echinacea Goldenseal root Plus obtainable from CVS pharmacy, 3 times a day with meals, my coughing stopped and my symptoms all stopped completely. Now I've cut down to one capsule twice a day and I am allergy free now. Each capsule is 450mg. the directions say you may take one capsule 3 to 6 times a day but I do not recommend it because one of the other ingredients is Cayenne Pepper. It also contains wood betony, Burdock root, Gentian root, vegetable magnesium stearate, gelatin, and Silica. The last 3 ingredients being the capsule itself. Nature's Bounty is located in Bohemia, NY"

Exercise Allergies

02/13/2012: Trandall from Wasilla, Alaska, Usa: "My 22 year old daughter became allergic to excersise or maybe just the heavy breathing from itabout two years ago. She has anaphylaxis reactions when she exerts herself, gets stressed or has had to walk through high winds (which we have been getting a lot of lately). I just read somewhere that tape worms can cause CYSTS which could end up in organs of the body including lungs and liver and cause anaphylaxis as well as weight loss, which are some of her symptoms. She has not had her liver tested (no health insurance) but once took an antibiotic which caused her urine to go dark for a few days until she stopped taking it.

Does anyone know of anybody who is allergic to exercise and found out they had Tape worms?"

General Feedback

01/15/2012: Kalki from Mumbai, India: "Many things like lime, tomato, many food juices cause dermatitis on my fingers and palms, when I touch it while preparing food for cooking. However, I never thought till now that I could be allergic to ingesting these.

I noticed recently that VCO or ordinary coconut oil, increases the itching and consequent hives, on parts of my skin affected earlier especially face, particularly if I perspire. I had tried it for extremely dry skin following a flare up. Then it struck me that I had shifted to a coconut based food - oil and otherwise, when my allergies first started in my early twenties. (It went the whole route from sneezing, to colds and coughs, bronchitis, episodic asthma, then now constant asthma along with many skin problems. The last has been with me for decades. Except medication for asthma which I cannot avoid, I am managing with life style changes and natural choices and a lot of experimentation! )

The question in short is: Can my skin be allergic to something but my body accept it as a food? Or vice versa, can a food not be tolerated but work applied topically?

Also, coconut is one of the best oils/foods in the world, for a number of reasons. I've never heard of anyone having an allergy to coconut. It's native to me. We switched in between to other oils for many years as my father had a heart condition and was advised against it. Can a person like me who grew up on internal and external use of coconut be allergic to it? Could it have triggered my allergies leading to asthma?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.


12/16/2011: Sylviag from Vista, Ca/usa: "Hello all and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I have been faithfully reading and working at my problems but not posting due to time constraints--until today! Situation is MUCH calmer--rash on face- to be specific and have slacked off of all of the previously mentioned remedies and products as I have been getting an uncomfortable ache in my upper left abdomen that is troublesome and also some bloody stool. Thought cutting back for a few days to a week might help.

Anyway- a friend recommended a local chiropractor who is working in the allergy area--free consultation and testing on a "BAX 3000-Laser Allergy System" (700 allergens with the potential to test over 6000) showed many problems-and to name a few- corn silk, pepsinogen, coniferal (or coniferyl) alcohol, butylated hydroxyanisole and sodium chloride mix. It is a very expensive treatment program (based on the NAET type), is totally digitized and works with lasers to correct your bodies response to these stressors. Says they could treat me with 20 visits and correct this chronic condition of inflammation where my body sees these and apparently many other substances and reacts negatively.

Does anyone know about this program and or the afore mentioned "things" that I reacted to and where/how these are in foods, airborne, beauty products -etc. Thanks!"

10/10/2011: Karin from Brooksville, Fl: "Does anyone have any suggestion of an alternative to paper tape? My cousin has nephrostomy (sp?) tubes and uses paper tape to hold the gause around the tubes and he's in pain from his body reacting to the tape. Any info would be appreciated."

10/10/2011: Carolyn from Abilene, Texas replies: "Karin, has your cousin tried the newer type tubular bandages such as the ones they use to hold the piece of gauze in place after drawing blood? That's what they used on my IV the last time I was in the hospital and it was much more comfortable and seemed to keep the needle in place quite well."

08/07/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "I am taking Evening Primrose Oil at the moment in the hope that it will help with my dry eyes and allergies. The capsules I bought recently don't come with Vitamin E and I worry because in one of my books they state that it should always be taken together or else the EPO oxydizes in the body. Is this correct? Should I indeed get some Vitamin E?"

08/09/2011: Anabela from Leiria, Portugal replies: "Hi! Every night before you asleep put pro-vitamine A in oil capsules one drop in every eye and after put one drop wheat germ oil, and bye dry eyes."
08/10/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Anabela, by the way, I am Portuguese, I don't know if you are too.... Just curious! I have never heard of putting Vitamin A drops in the eyes and then wheat germ oil. Do you mean the Vitamin A one takes as a supplement? Awhile ago the doctor prescribed Vitamin A cream for the eyes but it didn't do me much good and went off quickly so one day it irritated my eye really badly. As far as the weatgerm oil goes I have a good one bought in the health food shop.

So, you don't mix them together but put one and then the other?"

08/04/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "I often sneeze a lot in the morning when I wake up and my nose runs terribly. I always thought that this was part of my allergies although I never found out anything I am really allergic to other than wine which I rarely drink anyway. A few days ago someone told me that the morning sneezing has more to do with the liver than with allergies. Any ideas on that? Maybe I have been looking in the wrong place all the time and therefore I never managed to get rid of this! I do sneeze at other times too and sometimes my eyes and throat itch!"

08/04/2011: Lisa from Rabat, Morocco replies: "I also have lots of sneezing in the morning and I find it very annoying since it can disrupt my sleep. That is interesting that you say it may be connected to the liver. I have recently been suspicous that I have a sluggish liver. I will have to look into this further. I wish I had some answers for you, but I hope someone else will."
08/04/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Lisa, sorry to hear that you have the same problem! I have decided to try a remedy I copied a while ago, maybe from this site, I don't remember. It is a drink of whole lemon and olive oil. You juice the whole lemon, peal and all and then add some olive oil and drink it. Maybe I won't start with all the peel as that might be too bitter, I will see. I have been drinking the juice of half a lemon with water first thing in the morning for a while when we are not traveling but so far it doesn't seem to cure my problem. As I had hepatitis A as a child my liver never worked well again. I have quite a few liver (brown) spots on my skin and also suffer from eye floater which seems to be connected to the liver as well."
08/05/2011: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "Have you tried Milk Thistle? I've read wonderful things about it when it comes to detoxing the liver."
08/05/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Yes, I have tried Milk Thistle quite a while ago but maybe not for long enough. Maybe I should try again..... In the meanwhile I am going to try the lemon with olive oil. It would be nice if someone who has any experience with this would tell me what they thought about it!"

03/26/2011: Remie from Middletown, Md, Usa: "And what do I find out in my adult years when I live in a home with 4 cats, 3 of whom are indoor/outdoor animals? I am VIOLENTLY allergic to flea sprays, powders, and applications. When treating the animals with anything I have to wear to the elbow gloves and then shower for an hour just to make sure I have gotten everything off. Now I get itchy and a little blotchy with the bites, but after powdering my room, I found out that I am allergic to the chemical cure! It took a week of shampooing and vacuuming for me to be able to go into my room without having to wear snowstorm gear, much less sleep. I am going to try vinigar and borax, wish me good luck because I do not know what else to do."

01/31/2009: Catherine from Seattle, WA: "Every time I fly to California, I get an intense sinus reaction upon landing and walking outside of the airport. Within a day it usually turns into a hard to beat sinus infection. This is weird because it only happens when I go to CA. I fly plenty of other places all over the country and never have the same problem as I do in California. A friend of mine in San Francisco just told me told me that she started having terrible allergies the past 2 years -- never had any problems before that. She went to an allergist to treat the issues, who told her that he's seen a surge in people having allergy issues because (he believes) of global warming... Terrible, no?"

02/28/2009: Mary from Mukilteo, WA replies: "I have no allergies in coastal or desert California but have extremely bad allergies in Washington and Georgia (too much pollen and mold). I can hardly wait until I move back to California so my allergies will go away again! I also have no allergies in Laughlin Nevada when we go to visit or Las Vegas. The Southwest is the place to be if you have allergies. I think global warming is a "God-send" if it warms things up because it is frigging cold up here in the PNW. The dry heat is wonderful. Allergy sufferers should move to the southwest and drink some ACV!"

Goat Colostrum

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[YEA]  08/07/2010: Liz from Scranton, Pa: "After trying almost everything imaginable to handle my severe seasonal allergies, I stumbled across something while trying to find a way to help my old cat's chronic upper respiratory problems. Goat colostrum. I purchased it at a fairly reasonable price and took 4 capsules on an empty stomach in the morning and 2 capsules a couple more times before 4:00 PM. I will continue this for a few weeks as colostrum strengthens the immune system. I must say that I was surprised by the immediate and complete relief (less than half and hour), and it lasted longer than mega dosing turmeric. Much more effective than Claritin, which I have stopped using. I feel generally really alert and well too. My old cat has also improved. I'm thinking this supplement may be extremely important for improving the body's defenses against disease. Will post more later."


01/13/2012: Sb21 from San Antonio, Tx: "I was having a seasonal allergy to our local Texas Mountain Cedar. Some call it Mountain Cedar Fever. I already take apple cider vinegar (ACV), coconut oil, and acidophilus (probiotics) daily. When the Mountain Cedar allergies hit, I started taking locally grown honey.

I decided to got to my local health food store and I picked up a homeopathic remedy. There were a couple to choose from, but I picked the most popular one that happened to be on sale called Allergena. It may not matter which one you get, though. I got relief within 15 minutes. It says to take 12 drops 3X a day for adults. I took the 2nd dose and I feel 90-95% better already even with the pollen count being ridiculously high. I will probably be at 100% within the next day or 2 at the most. I guess I will stop then. Usually Mountain Cedar only lasts a month anyway, but you really don't want to have it at all."


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Honey Treatment for Allergies

Home Remedy Ingredients

  • Raw Local Honey - 1 teaspoon, or
  • Honeycomb

Raw local honey eaten straight or in food or beverages before the start of allergy season can give your body a sort of vaccination to prevent or reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Alternatively, chewing honeycomb can have the same effect. Do not heat honey (mixing into a warm beverage is okay).

You can also try taking one tsp of honey at bedtime to counteract allergies. As a bonus, it will help you sleep better as well!

[YEA]  01/08/2010: Terry from Big Lake, Maine: "Local Honey Cures Allergies

I have been taking local honey for years and just recently moved to the great state of Maine and have begun a regimen of local raw honey here.

I use to suffer from allergy problems most severely, I took most sugar out of my diet and replaced it with local honey. Not only am I allergy free, I do not get colds or flu- even as my children were growing up and bringing home all kinds of contagious ailments from school, social activities- folks could be around me dropping like flies from viruses, colds etc.(For many years I worked in an orthodontic office dealing mainly with children with all kinds of germs floating about) I did not succumb because I believe local honey boosted my immune system to the point of immunity from most common ailments. I am 47 years old and have not gone a day without consuming local honey- I cannot recall the last time I became ill with a cold or flu. I believe in this statement most whole heartedly-Local Honey cures allergies. (I do believe it should be local honey consumed and all the better- raw local honey.)Also- raw honey cures many skin ailments, slow healing sores covered with raw honey heal more speedily and have little scarring.

I should mention that I am a sustainable farmer, growing most of the food I eat- I do not have health insurance and have relied on natural aids to healing. I have had lacerations that should have required stitches heal up well before the physicians of today would recommend by using raw honey and epsom salt soakings. I am a firm believer in natural cures- not because of what ifs but because of what is...all that the earth naturally provides can cure most ailments. One last comment- I would not be without Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in my cupboard. It cures almost everything from headaches to sinusitis to dry skin.

Thank you for this wonderful alternative site to RX's that cost an arm and a leg and often provide horrible side effects. To get to the root of any ailment, one should start naturally...

Take care-"

01/08/2010: Lee from New York, New York, New York replies: "I'd love to know how much honey you take and how you take it (i.e., mixed with something - on an empty stomach - before bed, etc.) Thanks so much."
01/09/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn. replies: "A local producer of honey told me that 1 teaspoon at bedtime was recommended. Hope this is helpful for you.

Sounds reasonable to me since you would be getting plenty of local pollens in that 1 tsp. daily."
[YEA]  09/27/2011: Nikki from Ft. Wayne, Indiana replies: "@Lee: I took one tsp. Every day for about 3 months (to finish the one container I bought) in the morning over the winter time and the next spring my allergies that I had my entire life were gone. I didn't have to take meds for 9months out of the year anymore. Just a nasal spray for about 3 weeks in fall, but I just bought more honey that was made from pollen of fall plants. I am hoping this takes care of the last of the allergies. That one container I consumed has worked for the last 3 years. Honey is awesome!!"



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