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Hay Fever - What It Is and How to Treat It Naturally

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

Hay fever is an allergy to pollen and affects around 15% of the population. It is one of those conditions which, although not life threatening, are hugely irritating to sufferers. Eczema and asthma are also allergic conditions and if there is a family history of either or both of these you are more likely to be a hay fever sufferer.

Superficially it is difficult to understand why conditions as diverse as eczema and hay fever are linked. It all stems from the development of the embryo in the uterus. We develop from a single cell which grows and divides. As this process advances three different layers of cells then develop. The first of these layers is the ectoderm. Within this layer the skin and mucous membranes of the nose are formed. The nervous system also develops in the ectoderm which in part explains why stress can have such an effect on eczema.

Every hay fever sufferer will have slightly different symptoms and their allergies will be just as individual. Some people find the problem starts as early as February. The most common times though are from May to July when grass pollen is the culprit. No year will be the same, however, as the UK weather is so variable.

Symptoms include sneezing, a running and itchy nose, itchy eyes, which may or may not run, and even an itch at the back of the throat.

Skin tests, performed by a dermatologist, may be able to isolate the specific cause but often the sufferer can have other allergies which are not included in the patch tests. Paint is a good example of one such allergy.

It is difficult to work out what triggers the condition in the first place. There can be a genetic link but often some members of the family develop it when others do not. It can also take several years to develop into full-blown hay fever.

If you have any idea what the trigger is then obviously it is best to try to keep away from it. Because our response to the trigger is an immune one it is really important to build the immune system up. Take 1000mg Vitamin C daily. Ester-C is good as it is absorbed well.

Many hay fever sufferers have an intolerance to wheat and dairy. As dairy products cause our body to make yet more mucous then cutting them out will at least reduce a runny nose. Avoid margarines which contain trans-fatty acids too as Japanese researchers have discovered there may be a link between these and hay fever.

Fresh air fiends need to keep windows shut, particularly at night, and avoid running or jogging in the morning when pollen counts are higher.

So what can you do to help this condition? Homoeopathy is particularly good. Choose the remedy that most closely matches your symptoms from the list below:

Allium Cepa 6C- if your nose runs and eyes sting (just as if you were peeling onions).

Apis 6C- if eyes are puffy and stinging.

Nat Mur 6C- if your nose runs or is very dry and you sneeze a lot.

Euphrasia 6C- if your eyes stream more than your nose.

For an adult take 2 tablets of the 6C (or for more chronic problems the 30C potency) three times a day between meals until symptoms improve.

One of the most successful treatments is a teaspoon of local honey taken daily. It contains all the pollens from your area so will be equivalent to an individual prescription. This is a simple thing to try but for many people very effective. Check out local farmers' markets to find a honey produced by bees near you.

Christina Neill-Higgins is a former operating theatre sister with over twenty years experience in the field of health. Christina now runs her own complementary therapy practice in Leeds, West Yorkshire, offering Reflexology, Bowen, Reiki, Reiki Training and Foot Care. Further information about her services can found at:

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