Hay fever is an allergic reaction to seasonal pollens which affects the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and respiratory system. This reaction causes the body to produce large numbers of antibodies to fight the allergen, however these antibodies also produce histamine which irritates and inflames the body's own tissues.
People who suffer from hay fever often also suffer from eczema and asthma. Those who suffer the entire year, rather than just during spring and summer, are reacting to other allergens such as animal hair, dust, feathers, fungus spores, mould and environmental pollutants. A susceptibility to hay fever seems to be inherited.
The best and safest way to control allergies is to avoid allergens and take steps to support and strengthen the immune system, and prevent or reduce the symptoms naturally. This does mean changes to your lifestyle, diet and mental approach but the results are very often worth it.
During the pollen season it is advisable to stay indoors as much as possible, and if you do go out, the early morning is a much better time as the pollen count is higher around midday. Keep doors and windows closed, use an air conditioner in the house and car as necessary, wear a mask and goggles if you do any work outside, shower and change your clothes when you then come inside, keep animals either inside or outside, not both.
A good quality air-purifier can help improve air quality in your home. Personal air-purifiers are worn around the neck and are designed to help improve the air immediately around you.
ALLERGY TESTS: if your symptoms only occur during the pollen season then you may not need to be tested because the causes are clear. However if you suffer the entire year it is essential to determine exactly which allergens are the triggers. Your doctor should be able to arrange for you to have a Skin Prick Test done however unfortunately many GPs seem to think that they are not worth the bother. Insist on having one done. They are available on the NHS. If your doctor cannot, for whatever reason, refer you to have tests done at the hospital then you can have allergy tests done privately. Over 200 foods and substances (chemicals, dust mites, animal fur etc) can be tested. Radionics and Bio-Resonance practitioners can also determine allergens (see Therapies below).
DIETARY ADVICE: - eat a healthy diet to support the immune system. The stronger the immune system the better equipped the body is to deal with allergic reactions. Include plenty of fruit, particularly bananas, vegetables, grains, fibre, and raw nuts and seeds. Foods and drinks which are rich in vitamin C are also helpful - broccoli, parsley, kiwi fruit, citrus fruit, berries, peppers, blackcurrants, Brussels sprouts, papaya, mango. If dairy is not a problem eat live, organic yogurt.
Avoid cakes, chocolate, coffee, dairy products (milk, cheese etc), all processed and canned food, soft drinks, sugar, white flour products, all junk food and tobacco (which irritates the lungs and eyes and increases the production of mucous).
Honey - a teaspoon a day of local honey dissolved in warm water each day can also help. It acts like a 'natural vaccination' by delivering a tiny amount, against which your body then begins to build immunity. Begin taking this before the pollen season starts.
NB. Do not give honey to a baby below the age of one.
THERAPIES: - homeopathy can be very helpful when dealing with hay fever (see 'Natural Pharmacy' below).
Radionics - if attempts to improve your health are not working, consider see a practitioner of radionics. Radionics is a method of sending precisely defined healing energy to people, animals or plants. It is entirely compatible with modern physics. Fundamental to radionics is the view that a living body has a subtle energy field which sustains and vitalises it. If the field is weakened, for example by stress or pollution, then eventually the physical body also becomes weak, leaving it susceptible to illness. The aim of radionics is to identify the weaknesses in this field and to correct them, and thereby alleviate or prevent physical or emotional disease.
Bio-resonance therapy (BRT) - this can be used to treat a number of ailments including irritable bowel, eczema, hay fever, arthritis and asthma and has had incredible results. Popular in the Nineties, BRT works on the belief that we have our own electromagnetic fields and unique vibrations or "oscillations". According to Rheinhold Will, a German BRT specialist, it is the physical vibrational properties of matter rather than their chemical properties, which trigger allergic responses. During BRT the exact frequency or energy field of an allergen is found using a bio-tensor, a gold-plated rod, similar to a divining rod, which senses a person's personal resonances. A Bicom machine is programmed to convert the frequency to a mirror-image frequency and then transmits the frequency back, a process, which is believed to kill the offending allergen permanently. The therapy has been practised in Germany for the past 15 years and practitioners claim to be able to detect and treat thousands of allergens, as well as vitamin and mineral imbalances and parasites.
These therapies are suitable for everyone, including babies, pregnant women and the elderly.
Pollen Barrier - 'HayMax' is an awardwinning, natural and organic drug-free pollen barrier ointment that is applied externally to the nose to stop pollen entering the nasal passages - stop the pollen before it makes you sneeze! It has incredible testimonials and has had national press coverage due to it's effectiveness. It is safe for children and during pregnancy - see Allergies.
Nasal Spray - the 'Luffa Nasal Spray' can be used for the immediate relief of nasal symptoms arising from allergies, such as a blocked and itchy nose, and is suitable from 12 years upwards. The 'Rhinodoron Nasal Spray' is a medical device to help clear the symptoms of a blocked and stuffy nose. It is suitable from birth and during pregnancy - see Allergies.
Eye Drops - to relieve itchy eyes try 'Allerclear' with eyebright for instant relief (all ages) - see Eye Care.
Herbal tea - Nettle tea has many health benefits and is one of the most effective natural remedies for hay fever. Chamomile tea is also beneficial.
Essential oils - to relieve congestion inhale the vapours of organic Eucalyptus or Lavender oil from a handkerchief, or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water for a steam inhalation - see Essential Oils.
Homeopathy - the main homeopathic remedies to choose from are:-
Allium Cepa 30c for mucous streaming from the nose and eyes, burning in the nose, eyes and throat, frequent sneezing, with a tickly, hoarse throat, incessant hacking, and a desire to suppress a cough because it is so troublesome, the person feels hot and thirsty, and symptoms are worse in the evenings and for warmth.
Arsenicum 30c for restlessness, anxiety and irritability due to symptoms, sometimes out of proportion to the illness, discharges and pains are 'burning', and are better for heat.
Euphrasia 30c for eyes that are itchy, red, swollen and burning, secretions from the nose are bland, headaches are bursting, and there is catarrh and congestion.
Sabadilla 30c for hay fever where there is an acute sense of smell, and nasal discharge is worse for smelling flowers, for constant, spasmodic sneezing, with an itchy nose, blocked or dry, red, watery eyes which water when sneezing or coughing or walking outside, the face is hot and red, lips are hot, there is a sensation of a lump in the throat, and symptoms get worse for cold air and cold drinks, but are better for heat, warm food and drink, eating and swallowing.
Mixed Pollens 30c is useful for early symptoms of hay fever when the bees are pollinating, if grasses are your main allergens, and if for example you are unable to cut the grass because it triggers your symptoms.
RECOMMENDED: Hay fever 30c is a combination of mixed pollens with three important hayfever remedies and usually has a big impact on most cases. One to be taken every two hours for 6 doses, then three times daily. Stop when improved.
Also for useful for early hay fever is Rapeseed Pollen 30c developed specifically to ease the symptoms which occur when rapeseed begin to flower in spring.
See Homeopathy for these remedies. If your symptoms match two different remedies alternate them. See the Homeopathic Kits for sets containing a range of different remedies.
Unless otherwise stated yake one dose three to four times a day for up to three days and see if there has been any improvement. If there has, continue with the remedy, if not change the remedy. For severe symptoms take every fifteen minutes, every half an hour or every one to two hours as required.
NB. It is important to touch the pills as little as possible, ideally tipping one into the lid and then directly into the mouth letting it dissolve under the tongue if possible and also to avoid eating and drinking at the same time as taking the remedy.
The stronger the symptoms the stronger the potency required, so if you are unsure, if any of these remedies are not working, or you feel you need a higher potency contact a professional homeopath.
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NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.