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Respiratory allergies are irritation and swelling in the nose. It is caused by an overreaction of the immune system to allergens like pollen, dust mites, or mold. It can cause a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing.
Allergens cannot always be avoided. Symptoms may be managed with medicines, such as antihistamines and steroids. Some people turn to natural therapies to further ease symptoms.
Butterbur is likely to help ease inflammation.A1-A6
Therapies that may help manage symptoms are:
These therapies may not be effective:
These therapies are unlikely to have benefit:
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Richard Glickman-Simon, MD Last Updated: 11/12/2020