HAY FEVER (Allergic Rhinitis)
Symptoms of hay fever
Itching in the nose, throat, and eyes. Runny or stuffy nose, headaches, pain in the head and sinuses, blurred vision, red and itchy eyes, postnasal drip. A clear, watery, discharge from the nose and eyes occurs. There is sneezing and nervous irritability.
Causes of hay fever
Hay fever is most frequently caused by breathing in plant pollens. (Ragweed and grass pollen are the worst offenders.) The problem tends to be seasonal (spring or fall), according to plant cycles. But some may have to suffer with it all year long if they are sensitive to dust, feathers, or animal danders. Such people are said to have perennial allergic rhinitis.
- Hay fever is a reaction of the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and air passages to such seasonal pollens, as well as to dust, feathers, animal hair, and other irritants.
- Dry, windy, days; riding in an open car; and working in the garden sometimes increase symptoms.
- Morning and evening hours are the most uncomfortable. Midday may be better.
- Stressful situations and alcoholic beverages can trigger an attack.
- Anger, resentment, or negative thoughts can increase the symptoms.
- Hay fever sufferers frequently also have asthma and dermatitis.
The body is trying to clean out toxins and dust. If the diet is not nutritious; if the person is eating too much or eating foods, such as milk, ice cream, sugar, and white-flour products, the overloaded system cannot deal properly with the additional task of resisting the effects of airborne pollens.
Home Remedies for Hay fever
- The most effective treatment is to avoid the irritant.
- Vitamin C in large doses of 200 mg or more daily greatly helps many with this problem.
- Vitamin A is essential for proper functioning of the respiratory system. The B complex (especially B6 and B12) help the body produce interferon, to protect the body against
- Calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc are also important.
- Be sure and eat green leafy vegetables. Stay on a high-fiber diet.
- Try eating unprocessed, raw, honey. It is rich in pollen.
- Water helps flush out the system. Be sure you are drinking enough.
- Because it firms up blood vessels throughout the body, exercise decreases nasal stuffiness.
- A hot footbath helps relieve nasal congestion.
- Consider these possibilities: Cold cloths wrung from ice water applied to the forehead greatly help. Change as soon as they warm up. Relief comes in about 45 minutes, but continue it for 3 hours. Then intermittently for 6 hours. In some, this treatment has stopped attacks for the season.
- Build up the immune system, and clean the blood and colon. Healthy sinuses have moist mucous membranes similar to the skin in the mouth. They are able to wash pollen and other irritants out of the nasal cavities and down the throat into the stomach, where they are neutralized.
- Guard against chilling. It constricts blood vessels in the skin, driving blood elsewhere—including the nasal cavities. This causes a swelling in the sinuses, which makes the symptoms worse.
- Fenugreek helps eliminate hard mucous from the body. Garlic kills bacteria. Goldenseal helps clear out toxins from the digestive tract.
- Cover mattress and pillows with plastic. Avoid wool bedding or furniture stuffed with horsehair.
- If you have animals in the house, keep them clean, well groomed and healthy. Frequently change cages or wash their bedding.