It’s that time of year again when many of us suffer with dreaded hay fever. Symptoms range from sneezing and coughing, a runny or blocked nose, itchy, red or watery eyes through to headaches leaving us feeling tired and searching for solutions.
Diet and Nutrition
If you don’t like the idea of popping pills to treat your symptoms, there are many natural options you can try. One option is to take a nutritional approach by changing your diet and incorporating more “low-histamine” foods to help ease symptoms. There is also a myriad of supplements that can address the symptoms such as vitamin c, which is a known natural antihistamine. A dose of 1,000mg a day is recommended, or you could increase your intake of vitamin c rich foods.
Increasing your dietary intake of garlic or taking a supplement can also help boost your body’s immune system and can act as a decongestant and anti-inflammatory to help alleviate minor hay fever symptoms.
Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory proven to reduce symptoms in hay fever sufferers. Onions are a good source of quercetin, or if upping your intake of onions doesn’t sound appealing to you, then consider a supplement.
Antioxidants can help to reduce inflammation in your airways and improve your immune system. There are many different antioxidants you can try so consult a nutritionist to find out which are best for you.
Many therapies can reduce hay fever symptoms from Acupuncture, Hypnosis, Reflexology, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy and many more. We will touch on some of the most common homeopathic remedies for the acute symptoms of hay fever you could consider. For a more holistic approach which takes your previous physical and emotional history into consideration to provide a specific remedy for you, please consult a qualified homeopath.
Homeopathic remedies to consider:
Allium Cepa – made from red onion, which based on the principles of like cures like, will help hay fever where the predominant symptoms are streaming eyes and nose (as if one had just chopped an onion). The discharge from the eyes and nose is often burning and can leave sore patches below the eyes and on the upper lip.
Sabadilla – covers another very annoying symptom of hay fever – sneezing fits! The discharges are also very profuse and watery, and eyes may be red and itchy.
Euphrasia – also called “Eyebright” – a clear indication of its main area of action which is on the eyes. Euphrasia is very helpful when the eyes are sore and feel as if there is grit in them. There will also be tolerance to bright lights, as well as sneezing and a runny nose.
Ars Album – also has a burning discharge but with a feeling of obstruction in the nose. These people will generally also be restless, fastidious and feel chilly.
Nux Vomica – is suitable for people who push themselves hard at work, using coffee and other stimulants to keep themselves going. They will also be chilly and are often very short tempered. The Nux Vomica picture has lots of sneezing first thing in the morning and is much worse for any draft – or air conditioning.
Arundo – has terrible burning and itching of the palate and conjunctiva as well as lots of sneezing and discharge.
Preventative measures should also be considered before stepping out. Wearing wraparound sunglasses can stop pollen getting into the eyes and spreading a thin layer of Vaseline inside the lower nostrils can help stop pollen from entering the body through the nose.
Hay Fever v’s Coronavirus
There are similarities in some symptoms of hay fever and coronavirus, but there are a couple of key differences to note. Coronavirus can cause a fever whereas hay fever (despite the name), does not cause a fever. Also, coronavirus doesn’t cause any eye symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes, which is quite common with hay fever.
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