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Finding Natural Treatments: Home Remedies and Tips for Managing Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis affects millions of people worldwide, leading to symptoms like sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and itchy eyes. In Singapore, up to 13.1% of the population is affected by allergic rhinitis.
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UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2024 • REVIEWED BY DR. DENNIS CHUA


While many turn to over-the-counter medications for relief, an increasing interest has emerged in natural treatments and home remedies. This article explores various natural ways to support the management of allergic rhinitis, aiming to provide patients with effective alternatives.

What is Allergic Rhinitis?


Allergic rhinitis happens when the immune system overreacts to particles in the air that are usually harmless, such as pollen, dust mites, mould, and animal dander. While airborne allergens account for most rhinitis symptoms, food allergies may also trigger the condition, although it is uncommon.

When nasal passage inflammation and other allergy-related symptoms occur for longer than 12 weeks, the condition is known as chronic allergic rhinitis. Meanwhile, acute rhinitis lasts a few days or up to 4 weeks.

Allergic rhinitis tends to run in families and is associated with asthma and chronic sinus conditions.

Effective management begins with identifying and avoiding allergens. Techniques for tracking symptoms and potential allergens are crucial. In addition, maintaining a clean environment reduces one’s exposure to irritants.

Tips for Avoiding Common Allergens

Here are some ways to prevent the onset of allergic rhinitis:
  • Pollen: Close windows during high pollen seasons and utilise air purifiers to minimise indoor pollen levels.
  • Dust Mites: Employ allergen-proof bed covers and regularly wash bedding in hot water to kill mites.
  • Mould: Keep indoor humidity below 50% and address damp areas to prevent mould growth.
  • Pet Dander: Regular pet baths and restricting pets from sleeping areas can limit exposure to dander.
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Treatment Options for Allergic Rhinitis

Managing allergic rhinitis requires a combination of treatment interventions and lifestyle changes. Some patients want to explore alternatives to pharmacological treatments, leaning towards natural remedies. When combined with avoidance of known allergens, these approaches can offer a comprehensive strategy for managing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

However, it is crucial for patients to consult with a healthcare provider or specialist before starting any new treatment regimen, especially with herbal remedies, to avoid adverse interactions with existing medications or conditions.

If you want to learn more about treatment options for allergic rhinitis, book a consultation with ENT Specialist Dr Dennis Chua.

Natural Treatments for Allergic Rhinitis

Steam Inhalation – Inhaling steam with essential oils can soothe nasal passages and reduce inflammation. These essential oils, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and lemon, have been known to provide various benefits.
Saline Nasal Irrigation – Using a neti pot or nasal spray bottle with a saline solution can help alleviate symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Vitamin C – It is considered a natural antihistamine that can reduce the severity of allergic symptoms. It can be found in various citrus fruits and vegetables, such as bell peppers and broccoli.
Turmeric – It is known as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant spice. Taking it regularly, such as adding turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk, may help bring down the inflammation of the nasal mucosa and ease allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Honey – Many cultures consider honey as a natural remedy for different conditions. It may help build immunity to pollen allergens, thus decreasing one’s allergic reactions over time.
Probiotics – Consuming probiotics found in fermented foods like yoghurt can strengthen the immune system and reduce allergic reactions.
Acupuncture – According to research published in 2018, clinical studies indicate that acupuncture therapy’s efficacy is similar to that of medication for patients with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis. Moreover, it is considered safe and does not cause serious side effects.

Herbal remedies – Studies suggest that some herbs, such as stinging nettle, perilla, sea buckthorn, and ginger, may help alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

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Consult your Doctor Before Trying Alternative Treatments

It is important to note that while these natural treatments may help alleviate allergic rhinitis symptoms, they are ineffective in an emergency such as anaphylaxis or a life-threatening allergic reaction. It is always recommended to consult a healthcare provider before trying any new supplement or herbal remedy.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of allergic rhinitis, schedule an appointment with ENT Specialist Dr Dennis Chua to discuss your treatment options.

If you have questions or concerns about your ears, nose, and throat,
you may book a consultation with Dr Dennis Chua, an ENT specialist in Singapore.
He has completed his training in otorhinolaryngology locally and attained qualifications internationally.