There are plenty of ways to manage allergies without having to do allergy shots and before you go to medication. The first thing I always look at is the diet. Are you eating a lot of dairy, sugar, or inflammatory foods? Let's talk about dairy first.
Dairy is mucus forming. When you're eating a lot of dairy, it causes a lot of inflammation, especially in the sinuses, which can catch more of the pollen and cause more inflammation of the sinuses. My recommendation is, for the season of allergies, to avoid dairy as much as possible. If you can eliminate it all together, then that is actually the best thing.
There are a lot of things you can substitute for your dairy products. For example, if you are a milk drinker, you can look at almond milk, as long as you're not allergic to nuts. If you are, then you can try rice milk, hemp milk, and there are a lot of substitutions for milks. For ice creams, there is soy ice cream, coconut ice cream, and almond milk ice cream. As we are getting into the warmer months, these are very good substitutes for your dairy ice creams.
If you are a cheese lover, and trust me, I know that can be a little difficult, but there are plenty of brands of dairy-free cheeses such as Go Veggie (which has become one of my favorites). But the point is, to avoid dairy as much as possible in order to keep the inflammation down.
Speaking of inflammation, other things that cause inflammation are your white and refined foods and sugars and fried foods. So you will want to reduce and, if possible eliminate, those as much as possible as well.
Make sure you're getting enough of your dark green leafy vegetables because they are anti-inflammatory in nature, which leads me to the next point.
How we suppress that histamine response, because that what an allergy is, a response to the foreign body that in entering inside your nasal cavity or air passage causing all kinds of symptoms like watery eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, and sometimes coughing. That's mediated by a histamine response. There are some things that you can do to decrease that.
One is a product called Aller Ease and this is a product I keep on hand once March 1st rolls around. The Aller Ease is a combination of herbs that act as natural anti-histamine and it works wonders, especially when you combine it with an anti-inflammatory diet. You can pick up the Aller Ease, it's a liquid supplement by Buried Treasure, at your local Whole Foods, natural foods market, or order online at one of my favorite places iHerb.com (http://www.iherb.com).
The second product is called Green Vibrance. It is a green foods superfoods supplement. It contains chlorella, espirulina, alfalfa, wheat grass and barley grass. If you have Lupis, there is another product called Macro Greens, that I suggest you try instead, as it does not have the alfalfa grass. If you do have Lupis, you want to avoid alfalfa grass because it actually can increase your risk of flaring.
Finally, the most practical thing you can do is to get a neti pot. For those of you saying, "What is a neti pot?" .. it is an irrigation system where you irrigate the sinuses from one side to another with warm salt water. I recommend doing this once a day, but if possible, twice a day. The reason that the neti pot is so beneficial is because it literally washes out the allergens that you breathed in throughout the day. You can pick one up at your local Walgreens, Rite Aid or CVS. I recommend using lukewarm distilled (not tap) water. Tap water is NOT sterile enough to put up into your sinuses, which has a close connection to the brain.