Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) Symptoms and Treatments
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Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) Symptoms and Treatments

Hay fever (seasonal rhinitis or nasal membrane inflammation) is more common in certain ethnic groups, such as West Indians, and in people with personal or family histories of allergic eczema and asthma. Symptoms are triggered by tree pollen in late winter and early spring, flower and glass pollen in early summer, and molds or fungal spores in late summer and early autumn.
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Hay fever (seasonal rhinitis or nasal membrane inflammation) is more common in certain ethnic groups, such as West Indians, and in people with personal or family histories of allergic eczema and asthma. Symptoms are triggered by tree pollen in late winter and early spring, flower and glass pollen in early summer, and molds or fungal spores in late summer and early autumn.

Symptoms

  • Sneezing, watery nasal discharge
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Red, watering, itchy eyes
  • Prickling irritation in the ears and on the roof of the mouth

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Cures

Naturopathy

Practitioners seek to rebalance the body's homeostasis (inner balancing) mechanism which - in hay fever sufferers - manufactures antibodies against harmless substances such as pollen. Possible approaches include a fruit juice fast (2-3 days) for an acute attack, a strictly whole-food diet, relaxation to combat stress, and osteopathic normalization of spinal and cranial structures.

Vitamins and Minerals

Organic honey - especially comb honey - contains pollen granules which, contrary to expectations, help to relieve the symptoms. Avoid milk and other dairy products during attacks, as they encourage mucus formation in the airways and bowels.

Specific dietary supplements include high potency vitamin B for its anti-stress potential, with extra calcium pantothenate (100 mg daily) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) for badly affected people. Vitamin C (naturally occurring, with bioflavonoids), 500 mg every 6 hours, is helpful because of its antihistamine effects. Pollen capsules and royal jelly (a bee product) are also helpful.

Herbal Medicine

To relieve catarrh, sip 3-4 hot cups daily of an infusion of 2 pinches each of wild thyme and garden thyme to 1 3/4 pint (1 liter) of water. Rosehip tea (or wine) is a traditional hay fever remedy. Eucalyptus eases nasal discomfort: boil a handful of fresh dried leaves in water, strain and spray around the house and in the bedroom at night.

Aromatherapy

Add a couple of drops of chamomile oil to very cold water, and make a compress for your forehead and to cover your eyes when itchy. Inhalations of eucalyptus, tea tree, cajuput or naiouli combat the nasal symptoms. A few drops on a handkerchief in your pocket or under your pillow give you constant access to them.

Homeopathy

Nosodes of pollen and other allergens may be prescribed by a practitioner. Specific remedies can be taken as often as necessary for up to 10 doses: Arsenicum 6c for someone who is slightly feverish and exhausted but feels better for warmth, when sniffing warm water up the nose partly relieves the symptoms, a restless, burning throat, eyes irritated by light, wheezy and tight in chest; Gelsemium 6c for ceaseless sneezing, eyes heavy and watery, and when the person is lethargic, dizzy and shaky; and Arundo 6c for symptoms early in hay fever season, a tickly nose, sneezing, no discharge, and when the ears and roof of the mouth are itchy.

Medical Treatment

Histamine gives rise to the full range of hay fever symptoms. Antihistamines are prescribed to combat the histamine released in the body as part of the allergic response. Nasal sprays that contain sodium cromoglicate block the allergy or nasal decongestants can relieve the symptoms. Oral antihistamines can be used. Desensitizing injections can minimize attacks in many sufferers.

Prevention

  • Have a skin test to identify your own particular allergens
  • Follow a course of desensitizing injections against them
  • Eliminate sources of the trigger pollens - such as certain plants - from your environment
  • Avoid going out; if possible, when the pollen count is high (warm. windy days are the worst)
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Caution

  • Avoid overuse of antihistamines and the nasal decongestant "pseudoephedrine."
  • Be especially aware of potential breathing problems in people with both hay fever and asthma.

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Comments (2)
Ranked #22 in Allergies

it can be so annoying, I am always itching and it drives me crazy, tweeted this

Ranked #2 in Allergies

Another healthy piece and the naturals as always, thanks.

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