Caught off guard by allergies? Here are three simple solutions that work fast, plus one surprising trigger that might be making your allergies worse.

Unexpected nasal allergy attacks can happen when you travel, but you don’t need to choose between medicine and misery. The three natural remedies here can help curb symptoms without side effects. Give one a try—and avoid the surprising activity that could make your stuffy nose worse.

Try: Wasabi

Research from Japan has found that a compound in wasabi known as 6-MSITC suppresses chemicals that cause nasal inflammation. Hit the sushi bar for lunch, and pile on the extra wasabi.

Try: Treadmill

A study from Thailand found that allergy sufferers who ran for 30 minutes eased their sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion by about 80 percent. Breaking a sweat also tamps down your body’s inflammatory response.

Try: Eye drops and cold compress

Scientists from the UK found that this combination can help allergy-addled eyes. Use simple lubricating eye drops like those made for contact lenses (available at drug stores), which will help dilute the allergens. Then apply an icy compress to your eyes and sinuses for five minutes to ease swelling.

Avoid: Indoor swimming pools

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that teens who had spent more than 100 lifetime hours in a chlorinated pool had a 3 to 7 times higher risk of developing hay fever than those who swam in chlorine-free water. If you’re especially sensitive to chlorine, or if you’re already dealing with allergy symptoms, avoid daily swimming or look for an outdoor pool, where the chlorine gas disperses more readily.


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