Beat Hayfever Naturally

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Yeah, Spring is here! For hayfever sufferers it can be an unwanted time of the year.  I remember times when I couldn’t even open my front door on a windy day, as I knew it would flare up my runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes . Today, under such circumstances, I can happily be outside pegging out the washing, or going for a walk, knowing that I may not get any, or just very mild symptoms.

Thankfully, as a child, I never had hayfever.  But I remember Mum used to get it.  In those days, sometimes it would be that bad, Mum resorted to taking medicine from the chemist; which she never liked and would always make her so drowsy.  My first unfortunate encounter with hayfever was about ten years ago. To begin with, my seasonal hayfever was always lots of sneezing, sore itchy eyes, runny nose and the top of my palate would drive me crazy with how itchy it felt.  These symptoms I could generally manage.

Then came my experience with a bunch of flowers.  This really set off my symptoms. And I love flowers!   Mum had kindly dropped off, a bunch of gorgeous bearded iris from her garden. Later on I was sitting at my dining table, eating dinner with my kids and admiring this beautiful vase of colour.  Within minutes I felt my left eye itching, swelling and intensifying with each passing minute.  After only a few minutes, I wanted to take my eye out and scrub it with a steel brush.  That’s how itchy it was!  The flowers immediately went outside and then I looked in my supply of natural remedies.  I found a homoeopathic medicine I could use that wasn’t specifically for hayfever, but I knew it would help my immune system and hopefully give me some ease with what was driving me crazy.  And then “Oh no”…. I only had a little bit of the liquid medicine left.  Nevertheless, after taking only a couple of doses, I felt symptoms easing and after about ten minutes, all symptoms stopped.  I know how quickly natural medicine can work, but to me this was an outstanding result. My ‘iris hayfever experience’ was the worst I have ever had and since then,  I rarely get hayfever.

There are many natural medicines which I dispense for my patients, that I have tried myself and this little bottle is on the top of my list. I have recommended it for many patients over the years and they too have also felt some great results.  And Mum now rarely suffers hayfever!  Last year I helped a teenage girl with her constant runny nose and nose blowing.  She couldn’t go anywhere without a box of tissues.  After addressing underlying nutritional deficiencies and some digestive support, she was so excited when she could ditch the tissues.

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever, as well as sinusitis are inflammatory disorders of the mucous membranes in the upper respiratory tract. Rhinitis is typically a reaction from airborne allergens such as pollen or grasses.  This stimulates the production of the antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the immune system; causing inflammation of the nasal membranes.  Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses that causes impaired clearance and congestion of the sinus, and is also caused by either an upper respiratory tract infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) or allergies.  Histamine is then released, which causes inflammation, swelling, excessive mucus production, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, watery eyes and a runny nose with clear discharge.

You may be suffering with these conditions and using oral decongestants such as Sudafed – a pseudoephedrine drug commonly used to relieve nasal congestion. Over the years patients have told me that this may not actually be providing them with any relief, as it is not recommended for long-term treatment. Other medications you may use include Claratyne or Zyrtec, which are antihistamines often given to reduce allergic symptoms.

There are many natural remedies you can use to ease and address these annoying and sometimes exhausting conditions.  At Feeling Healthy we have a great range of natural medicines, designed for anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial relief, to help reduce congestion, balance immunity, support gastrointestinal function,  as well as effective relief of mucus congestion.

4 Ways Natural Medicine Can Help:

  1. Identify the Cause – there may be a nutritional deficiency, poor digestive health, a compromised immune system or environmental cause. Knowing this helps long term health.
  2. Address Nutritional Deficiencies – nutrients such as Zinc and Vitamin C provide the building blocks for the immune system. They help to support your immune system, are anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine and may decrease allergy symptoms.
  3. Support Your Immune and Digestive System – in order to have a healthy, thriving immune system, you need to ensure your digestive system is also healthy. With 70% of your immune system in your gut, the microflora or friendly bacteria play an important role.  Probiotics are beneficial strains of friendly bacteria that can boost your immune system function.  The correct type of probiotic may help to balance the immune system and the responses to allergens.
  4. Avoid Certain Foods – when there is any mucus present, it is recommended to reduce milk and dairy products. These products can increase the production of mucus and cause extra congestion or nasal discharge.

Hayfever can be more common in people who have a history of asthma and/or eczema.  This shows the strong connection between the immune system.  An imbalance in the immune system makes reactions to allergens more likely.

Before you reach for anti-histamine medications this Spring and Summer, as you can see, there are a number of ways a Naturopath can help you feel a whole lot better.  To find out more, make an appointment today at Feeling Healthy call us on 9687 5333 or click here

In good health

Rebecca Screen