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Hay Fever

Hay Fever pollen

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, refers to seasonal allergies that are suffered by many people. The usual irritant is pollen and other airborne irritants. Some people are affected more by grass pollen, others by tree pollen or mold spores. Some doctors also include pet dander, feathers and other environmental sensitivities as being a prime cause of this unpleasant ailment.

Symptoms

Hayfever symptoms can range from sneezing fits, running eyes and nose, sore throat, as well as an itching sensation in the eyes, nose or both. These are the initial symptoms you are likely to encounter, more severe symptoms may be nosebleeds, itchy skin or hives, reduced energy and a general feeling of malaise. If you also suffer other allergies, such as eczema or asthma, hay fever might make these problems worse.

Causes

Doctors don't really know why some people's immune systems go into overdrive when exposed to pollen and other environmental substances. Heredity seems to play a part, and so do environmental factors. The symptoms of hayfever are due in part to inflammation that is triggered by the immune system. By strengthening the immune system, you may be able to better treat your seasonal allergies.

Cautions

Severe allergic reactions can trigger immediate dangers. The throat can swell up and make it difficult to swallow. If you feel a severe reaction coming on, get immediate help.

Herbal Treatments

There is a lot of folklore that suggest many herbs for the treatment of hayfever symptoms. Many of these herbs have not undergone rigorous clinical trials, so there is no concrete clinical proof available. A trial involving stinging nettle found that nearly 50% of patients found it as effective as their previous medication.

Internal Applications

External Applications

Aromatherapy

Essential oils that may be useful in the relief of discomfort caused by hayfever include:

Used in massage, bath, burner or inhalation, suggested blends are:

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