A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Hay Fever
I had a question the other day about hay fever.
Hay fever is an immune disorder characterized by an allergic response to pollen grains and other things.
Also known as allergic rhinitis, there are 2 types: seasonal, which occurs only during the time of year certain plants pollinate, and perennial, which occurs all year round.
(A related problem, nonallergic rhinitis, shares symptoms with hay fever but isn’t caused by the type of reaction that’s typical with allergies.)
Typically, if you suffer from hay fever in the spring, you’re probably allergic to tree pollens.
Grass and weed pollens may be causing your allergic reaction during the summer.
In autumn, weeds may plague you, and fungus spores cause problems primarily from late March through November but can be present year round.
People with year-round (perennial) hay fever are usually allergic to one or more allergens found indoors.
These include house dust mites, feathers, and animal dander (the tiny skin flakes animals like cats and dogs shed along with fur), all of which may be found in pillows, and bedding, heavy draperies, upholstery, and carpeting.
Another common allergen, mold, is usually found in damp areas like bathrooms and basements.
If you suffer from hay fever (allergic rhinitis), it’s because your immune system views harmless inhaled pollen or other allergens as dangerous substances invading your body.
Your system overreacts, flooding your bloodstream with chemicals like histamine and leukotrienes, which inflame the lining of your nasal passages, sinuses, and eyelids and also set in motion other symptoms associated with hay fever, like sneezing.
All of these symptoms are meant to protect your body either by trapping and expelling the allergen or by swelling body areas, like the nasal passages, so the allergen can’t enter.
As a result of congestion in the veins in the lining of your sinuses, dark circles, commonly known as allergic shiners, may appear under your eyes.
The swelling of your nasal membranes may also close your sinus drainage openings, causing sinusitis.
Rhinitis may also be associated with nasal polyps — small, non-cancerous growths; nosebleeds can also occur during hay fever attacks.
Hay fever is often an inherited trait.
The majority of people with hay fever have a parent or sibling who also has allergies.
People with asthma or eczema (allergic dermatitis) are more likely than others to develop hay fever; and about one-third of those with allergic rhinitis also have at least mild, intermittent, allergic asthma.
To deal with hay fever it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
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