Hay fever affects nearly 13 million people in the UK, equaling about one in five people.
The symptoms can range from annoying to debilitating. Symptoms may become more severe when the pollen count is high.
The symptoms can include:
- a blocked or runny nose
- itchy eyes or throat
- blocked sinuses
- shortness of breath
Many hay fever sufferers use over the counter anti-histamines. Antihistamines can control the condition but they do not cure it.
There are some natural ways in which the symptoms of hay fever can be alleviated.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses and weeds.
Hay fever is when the body makes antibodies to certain substances known as allergens. This then causes the release of histamine that leads to an allergic reaction.
Hay fever occurs usually during early Spring or Summer. Different forms of pollen are likely to trigger hay fever at different times:
Feb to Sep - tree pollen
May to Jul - grass pollen
Jun to Sep - weed pollen
Avoidance of Allergic Triggers
Hay fever symptoms can be relieved by the avoidance of allergic triggers. Monitor Metoffice pollen forecasts and when the pollen count is high:
1. Consider staying indoors
2. You may want to wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when outdoors
3. Shower and wash your hair after arriving home and change your clothing
4. Avoid drying washing outside
5. Close doors and windows
6. Vacuum regularly, preferably with a high-efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filter in place
Nutrition and Hay fever
There is a correlation between what you eat and hay fever. Eating foods that contain high levels of histamine may intensify your symptoms.
Foods rich in quercetin, vitamin C or beta-carotene can help to block histamine. This will then reduce inflammation.
Garlic is a good source of Quercetin, Vitamin C and Potassium. It fights the release of histamine, reducing hay fever symptoms.
Ginger slows down histamine production by reducing IgE levels.
Onions are a source of quercetin and Vitamin C, stabilising the production of histamine.
Blueberries contain high quantities of Vitamin C and quercetin. This makes them a good anti-inflammatory source
Carrots are high in Vitamins A, C and K and are good anti-inflammatories. Vitamin A helps to heal inflamed mucus membranes and strengthens the immune system.
Oily fish, which is rich in Omega 3, has anti-inflammatory properties.
There are some foods that it would be best to avoid:
Chocolate contains high amounts of histamine.
Dairy products stimulate the production of mucus. This makes symptoms such as a blocked nose worse.
Preserved food products such as vinegar, yoghurt, or canned fish are often high in histamines.
Wheat can worsen allergic reactions in those who suffer from grass pollen allergies.
Refined sugars can trigger the body to release adrenalin. This causes the body to release histamine.
Homeopathy for Hay Fever
There are so many homeopathic remedies that may be of benefit to hay fever sufferers. Here are a few of the remedies that I use to treat hay fever:
Arsenicum - useful for symptoms when the eyes or throat are burning, and there is a dislike of light. There is a exhaustion from symptoms. Asthma may be present.
Wyethia - beneficial for symptoms when the eyes feel like they are burning, and there is sensitivity to light. There is an itchy or dry nose, an itchy throat, a hacking cough. There may be a sensation as if the tongue is burnt.
Allium cepa - indicated for symptoms when the eyes are burning or itching. There is a stream of watery discharge from the nose or the nose is stuffy. There may be itching at the back of the throat or soft palette. Symptoms are better in the open air.
If you would like to improve your hay fever symptoms, feel free to book a free discovery call with me, or email me.
How may homeopathy help you?
Homeopathy can help with so many health issues. Homeopathy may help to strengthen the immune system, and may also help with anxiety or with insomnia. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
I am always happy to hear from you.