Hayfever is caused by airborne irritants and often occurs in spring and summer but can for many be all year around. The most common allergens in hayfever are grass, tree pollens, flower pollens, mould spores and dust or but increasingly any household irritant.
Food allergies or long held grief have a part to play in aggravating hayfever. Sometimes these also need to be addressed during the treatment of long held and chronic hayfever cases.
The body over reacts to the irritants producing histamine which draws fluid to the site of the “attack” causing swelling, itching, redness, tickling and excess mucous.
The eyes and nose are affected most but lips, ears, throat and sometime lungs are commonly involved. Repeated sneezing leads to tiredness but also can exasperate stress incontinence in hayfever.
Your nose acts as a filter and the tiny hairs and mucous lining the passages catches particles of dust and pollens etc. Hayfever is an allergic reaction to these tiny particles when the body reacts and feels it is mistakenly under attack.
Conventional medical treatments for hayfever can have disturbing side effects. See examples below:
- Anti-histamines unfortunately cause drowsiness in many people, which increases with drinking alcohol and so makes driving dangerous.
- Decongestant sprays can lead to damage of the nasal membranes if used more than occasionally. They dry the toxic mucous which then can adhere to the membranes giving temporary relief but increasing future problems.
- Steroid sprays reduce inflammation, but not permanently. One needs to be aware that Steroid sprays effect the blood vessels commonly causing increased permeability, and bleeding. They can cause stunted growth in small children and can be harmful to the baby in a pregnant woman. Steroid sprays also are known to increase risks of cataracts and glaucoma. Long term use of steroids is common but is seriously warned against.
There are Healthier options in the treatment of Hayfever.
The Herb Albizia, commonly known as the silk tree has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to reduce the histamine reaction to allergens and hayfever.
Saline nasal sprays, which are easy to make at home, work well for some people but not all. In other cases using certain herbal oil preparations in the nose as drops, lines the sensitive mucous membranes and decreases the reaction to the allergens. This is an excellent option to nasal sprays and as an added effect increases immunity and mental focus.
Homeopathic treatments can also alleviate a wide range of symptoms related to hayfever.
Acute Homeopathic medicines are easy to take when hayfever strikes and can be safely continued throughout the season to reduce itching, runny nose, sneezing and headaches. These remedies have no side effects and do not produce tiredness. They are inexpensive and considered safe for everyone, even long term.
Deeper Homeopathic constitutional treatments do often fully stop ongoing attacks of hayfever and allergic rhinitis. They achieve this by addressing the individual’s weakness and susceptibilities.
In the Homeopathic prescription only small doses of the medicines are given in a highly potentised form to stimulate a healthy immune response and allow the body to rebalance itself naturally.
The Homeopathic prescription is not based on a specific antibody or germ fighting cell but that does not mean it is not able to deal with the hayfever. Homeopathy addresses the problem on a deeper level by assisting the body to become stronger and less vulnerable to allergens whilst the symptoms are reduced and finally eradicated.
Hayfever does not need to be a lifelong problem.
Karuna Tohow. Dip Hom Med, Ayur Cert, LBA Cert, Bow Dip