7 Evidence-Based Ways to Find Allergy and Congestion Relief in Airdrie

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Are seasonal allergies or smoke in the air causing you discomfort and congestion? If you’re looking for quick and evidence-based ways to alleviate your symptoms and find relief, you’ve come to the right place. At Pain Clinic Airdrie, we understand the impact that allergies and congestion can have on your daily life. In this blog post, we’ll share seven practical tips supported by research to help you combat seasonal allergies and relieve congestion. From using air purifiers to booking a therapeutic massage or Athletic Therapy (AT) appointment, we have you covered. Let’s dive in!

  1. Use an Air Purifier in Your Home/Office: One of the simplest and most effective ways to improve indoor air quality is by using an air purifier. By reducing airborne irritants, you can minimize the impact of seasonal allergies and ease congestion. Research suggests that using air purifiers can effectively reduce allergens and improve indoor air quality, providing relief from allergy symptoms and congestion (Li et al., 2019). These devices filter out airborne irritants like pollen, dust mites, and smoke particles, creating a healthier environment to breathe. Consider investing in an air purifier for your home or office to create a healthier environment.

  2. Explore Supplements for Allergy Relief: Certain supplements have been found to provide relief from allergy symptoms. Spurilina, Quercetin, stinging nettle, curcumin, and local honey are known for their potential anti-allergic properties. These natural remedies can help reduce inflammation, support immune function, and alleviate allergy symptoms.  Several studies have shown the potential benefits of supplements for allergy relief. For example, Quercetin, a natural plant compound, has demonstrated anti-allergic properties by reducing inflammation and inhibiting the release of histamines (Rogerio et al., 2007). Additionally, stinging nettle extract has been found to alleviate symptoms of allergic rhinitis, including congestion and itching (Roschek et al., 2009). Consult with a healthcare professional to determine the right supplements for you.

  3. Decrease Nasal Congestion with Nasal Rinses: Nasal congestion can be particularly bothersome during allergy season. To clear your nasal passages, consider using a neti pot or nasal strips before bedtime. Nasal rinses can help flush out allergens, reduce congestion, and improve breathing. Incorporating this simple practice into your daily routine can provide significant relief from allergy-related nasal congestion. Nasal rinses, such as saline solutions or neti pots, have been widely recommended by healthcare professionals to alleviate nasal congestion caused by allergies (Harvey et al., 2007).

  4. Soothe Sore Eyes with Warm Compress or Chrysanthemum Tea: Applying a warm compress to the eyes has been shown to alleviate symptoms of dry and irritated eyes (Wang et al., 2017). Similarly, chrysanthemum tea contains compounds that possess anti-inflammatory properties and can provide soothing relief to sore eyes (Kim et al., 2013). Applying a warm compress to your eyes can help reduce inflammation and provide immediate relief. Alternatively, steeping chrysanthemum tea bags in warm water and placing them on your closed eyelids can soothe soreness and alleviate eye discomfort.

  5. Try Dry Brushing for Detoxification:  Dry brushing is a technique that involves gently brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush. This practice can help stimulate lymphatic flow, promote detoxification, and improve blood circulation. By enhancing lymphatic drainage, dry brushing may help eliminate toxins and reduce the burden on your immune system, potentially alleviating allergy symptoms. Make sure to be gentle as you brush and check out the video here. For more detailed instructions, ask your Revival Therapist. Although research specifically on dry brushing and allergy relief is limited, dry brushing has been studied for its potential benefits in promoting lymphatic flow and detoxification (Seo et al., 2019). By enhancing lymphatic drainage, it may assist in eliminating toxins and reducing the burden on the immune system.

  6. Gua Sha or Fascial Massage for Improved Blood Flow and Tension Release: Gua sha and fascial massage techniques have shown promise in promoting blood circulation, reducing muscle tension, and relieving pain (Li et al., 2017; Huang et al., 2020). These modalities can enhance overall well-being and potentially alleviate congestion and discomfort caused by allergies. Gua sha involves using a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin gently, while fascial massage targets the fascia, a connective tissue network. These techniques can promote relaxation, relieve muscle tension, and enhance overall well-being. Consider booking a session with a skilled therapist trained in these modalities to experience the benefits.

  7. Book a Therapeutic Massage or Athletic Therapy (AT) Appointment:  When allergies and congestion are causing you discomfort, seeking hands-on treatment can provide significant relief. Therapeutic massage and Athletic Therapy are effective approaches to managing chronic pain, addressing the root cause of your symptoms, and promoting pain relief. A skilled massage therapist or Athletic Therapist can tailor the treatment to your specific needs, targeting areas of tension and congestion to alleviate discomfort. Book an appointment with Pain Clinic Airdrie today and ask for allergy and congestion relief to experience the benefits firsthand. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of therapeutic massage and Athletic Therapy in managing chronic pain and improving quality of life (Nedelec et al., 2017; Chou et al., 2021). These hands-on approaches address the root cause of your symptoms, provide pain relief, and support overall well-being. BOOK HERE!

Don’t let seasonal allergies or smoke-related congestion hinder your well-being. By implementing these seven practical tips, including using an air purifier, exploring supplements, practicing nasal rinses, soothing sore eyes, dry brushing, trying Gua sha or fascial massage, and booking a therapeutic Massage or Athletic Therapy appointment, you can find relief from allergy symptoms and congestion. Take charge of your wellness and enjoy the comfort and vitality you deserve.


The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider or qualified medical professional with any questions you may have regarding your specific condition or medical needs.

The content of this blog post, including references to scientific studies, is based on current research available at the time of writing. However, research in the field of headache and migraine treatment is constantly evolving, and new evidence may emerge that could affect the information provided here. Therefore, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability of the information contained in this blog post.

Any reliance you place on the information in this blog post is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim any liability for any damages or injuries, whether direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental, arising from the use of the information in this blog post or any linked resources.

Furthermore, it is important to note that individual experiences and responses to treatment may vary. What works for one person may not work for another, and results may differ based on individual circumstances, medical history, and other factors. Therefore, we cannot guarantee specific outcomes or results from the use of supplements or treatments discussed in this blog post.

Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional or your physician before starting any new supplements, treatments, or making changes to your healthcare regimen. They can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your specific needs and medical history.

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