(CNN) -- When it comes to dealing with allergies, many sufferers rely on home remedies to ease their symptoms.
iReporter Kristin Carroll says she carries a roll of toilet paper during allergy season to deal with the sniffles.
IReporter Kristin Carroll, a student at Indiana University and self-described lifelong allergy sufferer, offered these hints that have worked for her over the years.
CARROLL: "Every season change, I prepare for (and cope with) my inevitable mucus-fest in a variety of different ways.
Aside from a trip to the doctor, I tend to up my vitamin-C intake. It's a natural antihistamine.
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The pepper de-sensitizes the mucosa lining your airways, so they won't secrete extra nastiness or enflame when irritated.
The tea is not as disgusting as it sounds; I actually hate spicy-anything but still use the pepper trick when I'm feeling like dirt.
And it never hurts to eat more green veggies -- they're a great source of bioflavonoids -- which is quite the mouthful.
But when combined with vitamin-C, it proves to be an unbeatable combination for vastly reducing histamines."
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