Home Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis | Q&A

Q: Grandma, I am sensitive to odors and smoke. I experience stuffiness, runny nose, headache, blockage and irritation. I am so sensitive to all type of smell and perfumes. What can I do? Please do suggest any home remedies which can relieve me.

A: Dear A, stuffiness, runny nose, headache, congestion, and itchy nose are all symptoms of rhinitis. There are various causes for rhinitis; in your case, inhalation of strong smell and fumes triggers the condition. Are your symptoms already affecting your work, home, and social life? Get rid of all the trouble because there are several home remedies for allergic rhinitis that may help control the symptoms associated with the condition.

10 Home Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis


1. Avoidance of the triggers – If strong smell and fumes are what’s causing your symptoms, then try to avoid them if you can. The symptoms should lessen or stop with avoidance of triggers. [1]

2. Hydration – Drink plenty of liquids, such as water, juice, non-caffeinated tea, or any warm drinks. Among these liquids, however, water is more preferred because it effectively lubricates the mucus membranes.

3. Nasal irrigation – Also called nasal lavage, nasal irrigation helps keep the nose free of irritants. Using a bulb syringe or neti pot, simply irrigate each nostril with distilled, sterile, or previously boiled and cooled water. Be sure to clean the irrigation device after each use by rinsing it with clean water and allowing it to air dry. [2]

4. Salt water – Irrigating each nostril with salt water is a very useful therapy for rhinitis and is especially beneficial for treating post-nasal drip.

5. Humidifier – Setting up a humidifier in your home can alleviate the symptoms of rhinitis. If a humidifier is not available, you can try breathing in steam from a warm shower to help loosen the mucus in your nose and clear your head of stuffiness. [3]

6. Avoidance of certain medications – NSAIDs (such as aspirin and ibuprofen), oral contraceptives, blood pressure medicines (such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers), antidepressants, tranquilizers, and rugs used to treat erectile dysfunction may all trigger rhinitis symptoms.

7. Avoidance of certain foods – Spicy foods and alcoholic beverages (especially beer and wine) may also bring about rhinitis symptoms. [4]

8. Decongestants – Decongestant sprays can quickly reduce swelling of nasal tissues by shrinking the blood vessels. They improve breathing and drainage over the short-term. Oral decongestants have the same effects, although they should be avoided by patients who have hypertension and heart irregularities because they stimulate the heart and raise the blood pressure.

9. Ipratropium (Atrovent nasal) – Used as a nasal spray, Ipratropium helps control nasal drainage mediated by neural pathways.

10. Eyebright – Although this herb is more popularly known to help treat eye problems, Eyebright has also been found to help in cases of rhinitis and nasal congestion. Simply boil 300 ml of water and add two tablespoons of Eyebright. Remove it from heat, cover the saucepan, and leave it steep overnight. Strain it the following day, and rinse your nostrils with the mixture. [5]


    1. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/persistent-rhinitis


    1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nonallergic-rhinitis/DS00809/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies


    1. http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_rhinitis/page7.htm


    1. http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_rhinitis/page6.htm


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