Allergy, Asthma | October 23, 2019 | Author: Naturopath
Hay fever, correctly called seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an allergic response by your immune system to inhaled pollen.
Pollens are a grain released by plants to fertilise female flowers for plant reproduction. Pollens are released from grasses, weeds and trees and can be spread by the wind, insects and birds. This spredad of pollen, known as "pollen season", can last for months. In Australia, trees usually pollinate in late winter and early spring followed by grasses. Pollen particles are small and easily breathed into the airways causing allergic rhinitis and asthma in some people.
Allergic rhinitis is described as chronic inflammation (irritation and or swelling) of the nasal passages and eyes. Symptoms of intense itchiness, congested or runny nose and acute episodes of sneezing are common often accompanied by inner ear irritation and red, irritated, itchy and teary eyes. The throat and palate may also feel itchy.
The concept of hay fever may sound like a simple disorder, but hay fever symptoms can have a big impact on day-to-day life. It can effect sleep quality, cause day-time drowsiness and fatigue, impair school and work performance and reduce quality of life.
Allergic rhinitis can also predispose people to more frequent infections of the sinuses and is often associated with asthma.
How to deal with the dreaded nasal drip or acute block, insistent sneezing, sinus pain and itchiness of ears, eyes and throat and eyes which tear, - using natural alternatives.
Often the more exposure to an allergen means a much quicker and more intense reaction.
Some natural products have an inhibitory effect on histamine release from mast cells or/and offer symptom relief. Mast cells are cells which release histamine and other substances during allergic and inflammatory reactions. Products can be taken before pollen season begins and continued till end. Many products available come in a variety of combinations.
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana). This herb is from the Brassicaceae family and is very helpful in for respiratory conditions including asthma, bronchial catarrh and respiratory infections. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial and vulnerary in its use for symptoms of hay fever.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
This herb is invaluable in conditions of inflammation and excess mucous and has become a popular natural therapy against the influenza virus and the common cold.
Elderberry can help with chronic nasal catarrh, sinusitis and deafness common in hay fever conditions.
Albizzia (Albizia lebbeck) is an anti-allergic herb, helpful for the prevention of allergic reactions.
Perilla (Perilla frutescens). The active ingredient in perilla, rosmarinic acid, soothes symptoms of allergies such as itchiness and watery eyes.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis/rostkoviana). This herb is rich in vitamin A and C. Its actions include: anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent. It is useful reducing nasal secretions, sinusitis and blocked ears.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum). Gentle and soothing on mucous membranes and useful for bronchial congestion.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa). The active component of turmeric is curcumin, a polyphenolic phytochemical offering anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and anti-allergic properties.
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in vegetables especially onions, broccoli apples, berries and tea. It is a great antioxidant, and offers anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. Supplement with quercetin before pollen season begins.
Bromelain. This is an enzyme found in the core of pineapples and papaya and in supplement form can help reduce inflammation of the nasal and bronchial airways. Quercetin and bromelain are often found in combination in products.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and offers antihistamine properties. Increase your dose close to allergy season to reduce the potential of an allergic reaction.
Zinc. A deficiency of zinc is associated with increase in allergic responses.
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC is a natural occurring amino acid derivative supporting detoxification, protecting cells against oxidative stress and can help with excess nasal or bronchial mucous.
Probiotics. Several probiotic bacteria, particularly lactobacilli, have been shown to both reduce symptoms of allergy and also reduce the allergic response. This makes taking a probiotic before pollen season begins an important additive in the arsenal of hay fever control.
Saline rinses and sprays. Washing or rinsing the nasal cavity with saline (salt and water) using a spray, pump or squirt bottle allows nasal debris to be removed. Saline helps restore moisture to nasal passages and keeps the cilia (hair-like structures) stay healthy. Ready made pumps and rinses are available for convenient use.
Sinus rinses may reduce the severity of hay fever symptoms and can be used along with other treatments.
High- efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA). These work by trapping airborne particles, such as dust, animal dander and pollens, reducing the abundance of these potential allergens within the home.
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