Manage your Hay Fever Symptoms
Manage your Hay Fever Symptoms
The clocks go forward this weekend, which can only mean one thing – spring is on its way! Soon we can enjoy lighter evenings and warmer weather, which means more time
outside in parks, pub gardens, walks in the countryside, film screenings held outside and much more! London seems to come to life in the summer!
However for some of us this is a recipe for disaster, as this is the beginning of hay fever season. Hay Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. This can be tree (released during Spring), grass (released end of Spring, beginning of Summer) or weed pollen (released anytime early Spring and late Autumn). So, what causes hay fever? The
immune system sees pollen as an invader and therefore responds by stimulating the
release of histamine causing hay fever symptoms.
Common symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, hives and headaches. Some people produce asthmatic symptoms during hay fever season and less commonly some suffer with loss of smell and face pain. The symptoms can make a picnic in the park impossible and make the summer period miserable!
Here are some tips to manage your hay fever symptoms:
1. Local honey
Unprocessed honey contains various types of pollen and if consumed on a regular (daily is best) basis, it helps to desensitize the immune system. It is very important to consume locally produced honey to desensitize to the local pollen that you are
2. Vitamins & Supplements:
Probiotics – these contain friendly bacteria that help to maintain and improve
digestive health. A lot of our immunity is in our gut (as well as serotonin, the ‘happy’
hormone receptors), therefore by taking probiotics daily it can help give you a more
balanced immune response to pollen (and allergens in general).
Vitamin C – an effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions. Try a Vitamin C supplement with bioflavonoids (antioxidants that complement vitamin C’s effect in the body and are potent anti-histamines and anti-inflammatories).
Tip – Oranges are usually the first fruit we think of for Vitamin C, however kiwi fruits actually have a lot more vitamin C! Other good food sources of vitamin C and bioflavonoids include citrus fruits, strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango.
To further support your immune system eat lots of organic fruit and vegetables!
3. Avoid Dairy – dairy products are inflammatory and therefore increase the
production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate hay fever nasal
4. Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathy is a great alternative when managing your hay fever symptoms. Although it is best to treat preventively in the winter, through boosting your immune system, getting rid of energy blockages and toxins and dealing with genetic
susceptibility – it is still possible to help now.
Different symptoms will be prominent for different people and as homeopathy treats the individual, it is better to contact your homeopath for treatment. However to help manage your symptoms, I would suggest a combination remedy that should cover many bases:
Euphrasia/Allium Cepa/Sabadilla/Mixed Pollens & Grasses/Histaminum 30c
As a breakdown these are the mains symptoms it covers:
Euphrasia – most prominent hay fever symptoms are the eyes. Eyes are burning,
irritated, itchy and watery.
Allium Cepa – runny nose (drips like a tap), watery eyes, worse in warm rooms, late
afternoon or evening.
Sabadilla – main symptom is tremendous sneezing. May sneeze ten or more times in a row. Itching and tingling in nose, better for warmth and warm drinks.
Mixed Pollens & Grasses – this will help to desensitize to different pollens.
Histaminum – gives the same action as anti-histamine, but in homeopathic form.
Helios Pharmacy will make the mixture up for you. I would recommend taking this as often as needed which for some will be every 2 hours or 4 hours, others once a day.
If your eyes give you the most aggravation, I would suggest purchasing an eye bath (any pharmacy will sell these) and Euphrasia in Mother Tincture from a homeopathic pharmacy. Put a few drops in water (preferably mineral water or pre-boiled) and rinse your eyes.
Please note this is to help manage your hay fever symptoms, if you would like to treat hay fever, please get in touch or contact your healthcare practitioner.
I would love to hear of any other things you have tried to manage your hay fever symptoms!
Until next time!
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