Its Hayfever Season!
It's that time of the year again - the dreaded hayfever season! Along with congestion and sinus, it's a horrible time of year for those who suffer from what is known as allergic rhinitis.
Over the last decade, the prevalence of allergic rhinitis has increased worldwide, affecting 20% of the adult population and up to 40% of children. Spring is the most prevalent time for hayfever symptoms, which is such a shame because it's the time of year that you really want to be out and about enjoying the sunshine and lovely weather that spring promises.
What Is Hayfever?
The medical term for hayfever is allergic rhinitis, and it's basically caused by an allergic reaction triggered by pollen, mould, animal dander, dust and other similar inhaled allergens. The symptoms can vary from mild irritation to severe allergy requiring medication.
What are the Symptoms?
Once the pollen season starts you may be able to relate to many of these, often debilitating, symptoms. Your nose, roof of mouth and back of the throat and eyes itch, your eyes are watery often associated with sneezing and clear watery discharge. You may have a headache, cough or ever a wheeze, asthma symptoms are often exacerbated. People feel irritable and sometimes even depressed as it makes you feel awful. Your eyes are often red and swollen, your nose is congested and sore, and you constantly feel congested.
With all the increased grasses and pollens around this year due to our heavy rain, already I am seeing clients in the clinic with significant hayfever, sinus and allergy symptoms. I feel that this year may be a particularly bad season for this.
Simple Steps For Relieving Symptoms
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to help manage your allergy symptoms, these will help balance your immune system and help you reduce your symptoms.
1. Avoid any foods that are known to cause allergy and aggravate symptoms.
2. Try to get plenty of rest, adequate sleep and reduce stress as much as possible.
3. Increase fruit and vegetable intake, particularly those bright in colour, such as berries and capsicum, these are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
4. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day to keep hydrated.
5. Consider a natural supplement for allergy relief.
Herbs and Nutrients to Manage Allergies Naturally
Allergies, including hayfever, are caused by an immune imbalance. Pharmaceutical medications may help reduce symptoms but do not address the underlying cause, and in some cases, such as nasal sprays, can cause a worsening of congestion when stopped.
The following herbs and nutrients may help to manage your symptoms of allergy, as well as supporting your immune system.
Perilla, albizia, Baikal skullcap and Atractylodes are all herbs used traditionally for hayfever, sinus, congestion, asthma and eczema.
Turmeric, Horseradish and Garlic are also traditional herbs used to reduce inflammation, clear mucous congestion and support the immune system
Nutrients such as Zinc, Vitamin C and bioflavanoids, Quercelin, Vitamin D are essential in any immune issue. They help balance your immune system and help your body fight infections and reduce allergy
Essential oils that have antimicrobial actions such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender and Thyme, can be used as a nasal spray to provide relief from nasal congestion that occurs with hayfever and upper respiratory tract infections
Probiotics are also useful in managing allergies
If you suffer from symptoms of hayfever, sinus or other allergies, ask us for help in managing your allergies and you'll be amazed what a difference it can make! Call our friendly team to book your symptomatic consultation TODAY! 02 60210557