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Jun 27, 2007 at 13:53 o\clock

HAY FEVER

HAY FEVER

 

 

Introduction:     

Hay fever is caused by pollens of specific seasonal plants in people who are allergic to these substances. When these symptoms are caused by pollens, the allergic rhinitis is commonly known as "hay fever," after the fact that it is most prevalent during haying season. 

Symptoms:   

The effect of hay fever can vary greatly: some people may only be mildly afflicted, whereas others may suffer greatly. Common symptoms include:Coughing Headache Itching nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin. Runny nose (and occasionally nosebleeds) Impaired smell (and thus sensitivity to flavors) Sneezing Stuffy nose (nasal congestion) Watering eyes and/or plugged up ear canals. Sore throat Wheezing Fever Cross-reactivity allergy to some fruits Conjunctivitis .

 Causes:

The causes for hay fever include: Airborne allergies Pollen allergy Mold allergy Dust allergy Animal dander Food allergy 

Prevention:    

 The goal of prevention is to reduce allergy symptoms.

Avoiding exposure to pollen is the best way to decrease allergic symptoms.

Remain indoors in the morning and evening when outdoor pollen levels are highest.

Wear face masks designed to filter out pollen if you must be outdoors.

Keep windows closed and use the air conditioner if possible in the house and car. Do not dry clothes outdoors.

Avoid unnecessary exposure to other environmental irritants such as insect sprays, tobacco smoke, air pollution, and fresh tar or paint.

Avoid mowing the grass or doing other yard work, if possible.

Regular hand- and face-washing removes pollen from areas where it is likely to enter the nose.

A small amount of Vaseline around the eyes and nostrils will stop some pollen from entering the areas that cause a reaction

A very small amount of Vicks VapoRub(TM) cream around the eyes will effectively reduce the itching.  

Diet:   

Eat a clean, healthy and balanced diet. Include vitamin C in your diet.

 Avoid refined food, processed food, alcohol, tea, coffee, and flour, and sugar, salt and dairy products for one week.

 Include beta cartene rich food, dark green food, sprouted seeds and bean sprouts, garlic, yoghurt, pollen, Aloe Vera, oats in regular diet.

Drink plenty of filtered water and herbal tea. Eat good quality protein. 

 Treatment:

The best "treatment" is to avoid what causes your allergic symptoms in the first place. The most appropriate medication depends on the type and severity of symptoms. Specific illnesses that are caused by allergies (such as asthma and eczema) may require other treatments. Fast-acting strong antihistamines such as drugs including chlorphenamine which relieve the symptoms after a hay fever "attack". Corticosteroid nasal sprays are effective and somewhat safe, and may be effective without oral antihistamines. These medications include fluticasone (Flonase/Flixonase budesonide (Rhinocort), mometasone (Nasonex), triamcinolone (Nasacort) and beclomethasone. 

Herbal Remedies:                          

Bayberry can help to reduce the symptoms of nasal-pharynx congestion. In addition, Feverfew and Turmeric are effective.

Butterbur has been traditionally used to treat asthma and bronchitis and to reduce mucus.

 Evening Primrose is considered as a potential treatment for allergic rhinitis because the main active ingredient in it is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that may relieve allergy symptoms.

Stinging nettle has traditionally been used for treating a variety of conditions, including allergic rhinitis.

Chamommile tea is used to reduce duration of hay fever attacks.

Ephedra relieves congestion & bronchial spasms.

Eucalyptus is used in steam inhalation to ease congestion.

Eyebright tincture or capsules reduce hay fever symptoms.

Ginger reduces inflammation, antimicrobial.

Licorice root reduces inflammation, antiviral, antibacterial.

Rooibos tea is sometimes helpful in relieving symptoms.

St. John's wort capsules are used to relieve sinus headache.  

Homeopathic treatment:

Allium cepa:

Indications for this remedy include watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge that irritates the upper lip, along with sneezing and a tickling cough.

 Arsenicum album:

A burning, watery, runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling during allergy attacks suggests a need for this remedy.

Euphrasia:

This remedy can be helpful if the eyes are swollen and irritated with acrid tears or pus. The nose also runs, but with a blander discharge.

Ferrum phosphoricum:

This is a very useful remedy in the early stages of any inflammation.

 Gelsemium:

A tired, droopy feeling during allergies with a flushed and heavy-feeling face suggests a need for this remedy.

Natrum muriaticum:

Allergy attacks with sneezing, watery eyes, clear nasal discharge that resembles egg white, and a loss of taste and smell will all suggest a need for this remedy.

Nux vomica:

If the nose is alternately stuffed up (especially outdoors or at night) and running (indoors and in the daytime), this remedy may bring relief. Other symptoms include a teasing cough, a scraped or tickly feeling in the throat, and headache.

Sabadilla:

Long paroxysms of sneezing, itching in the nose with irritating runny discharge, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and watery eyes will all suggest a need for this remedy.

Wyethia:

Intolerable itching felt on the roof of the mouth and behind the nose sometimes extending into the throat and ears strongly suggests the use of this remedy.

Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine, is as effective in preventing release of histamine as a commonly used hay fever drug, sodium cromoglicate.

Green tea helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Drinking two or three cups of green tea daily, especially during the hay fever season, may be beneficial.  

Home Remedies:             

For Hay Fever, apply a little Petroleum Jelly inside your nose at the start of each day, this stops the irritation. 

Boil minced grapefruit and lemon rind in a little water for 10 minutes. Add some honey and take three spoonfuls a day. For hay fever, sometimes eyes get itchy just make black tea and put it in the fridge make it quite cold , keep on dipping the cotton wool in the tea and put it on your eyes, You will feel fresh and relaxed. 

Boil chamomile in water and inhale fumes from the water. 

 Acupuncture:     

It has been established in controlled trials that acupuncture is more effective than antihistamine drugs in treatment of hay fever. Acupuncture's lack of side-effects is a distinct advantage in treating this condition    

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