By Lynne Adkins


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — People all over the region are complaining about allergies, but is there a natural way to handle the sniffles?

If you’re tired of over the counter medicines, try a nutrient found in apples, onions and citrus fruits, according to Dr. Rashna Staid, an Integrative Physician at Jefferson Health.

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“Quercetin is a bioflavonoid and it actually stabilizes mast cells which are some of the allergy cells in our body, and they prevent them from releasing histamines so by taking by taking quercetin you can reduce your inflammation naturally,” she said.

Bromelain, Vitamin C and the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish may also help.

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She says saline solution to clean out the nose throughout the day is a good idea, and herbal supplements such turmeric, butterbur and stinging nettles reduce inflammation and may offer good relief.