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Hay Fever

Hay fever and rhinitis

Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects many people at some point in their life and is caused by breathing in pollen particles and by pollen getting into the eyes. Hay fever symptoms may occur at a certain time of the year and are often triggered by tree, grass, weeds, pollen, or from spores of the fungi and moulds – this is known as seasonal hay fever. Seasonal hay fever symptoms are most common during spring, late spring, summer and fall. Allergic reactions (Nasal Rhinitis} that are caused by dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches or spores from indoor mould or fungi can bring about year-round (perennial) hay fever symptoms.

Rhinitis occurs when an allergen comes into contact with the mucous membrane in your eyes or nose. The immune system mistakenly identifies the allergen as an invader, and an antibody known as immunoglobulin E(IgE) is produced to combat these substances. The IgE antibodies secrete chemicals such as histamine that brings about sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes.

The main symptoms of hay fever are:

* Repeated sneezing attacks * Runny or itchy nose * Itchy or watery eyes * sore throat, palate and itchy ears * Loss of concentration & fatigue * General feeling of being unwell (hence 'fever')

Hay fever is a very common allergic condition It affects people of all ages, but usually develops during childhood or early adulthood. Hay fever tends to be hereditary and you are more likely to develop this condition if there is family history of asthma or allergies. Various conventional medications and natural therapies can minimize and control symptoms together with certain lifestyle modifications.

The treatment of hay fever depends on the particular substance or allergen that is causing the hay fever attacks. If you are aware of the allergen responsible for your hay fever, you can avoid it. Homeopathic and herbal remedies can be very effective for Hay fever. e.g. Luffa Complex. Pycnogenol taken regularly increases the vitamin C and reduces immune sensitivity. Taking small amounts of the allergens in order to boost immune is the principle for using raw ‘local’ honey which will contain a variety of pollen from local plants and tree spores. Additionally royal jelly added to honey with pollen can be an effective stem to hay fever provided it is taken  about 2 months prior to the season.