The very fact that you are reading this article most likely you or someone you (I hope its not the little one) know has allergies. The uncomfortable itchy, puffy, watery eyes and red, stuffy nose usually signal changes in the seasons in homes and workplaces across the country. What these people suffer from is allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Hay fever can be a nasty condition to deal with. Each year many people consult their doctors with this complaint.
The effective treatment for hay fever and other types of allergies depends on how frequent and severe your attacks are. Hay fever does not always require medical treatment. If you can avoid known or suspected allergens (what causes the attack) you will be able to send a hay fever free summer. There are several options when dealing with hay fever. Be aware of them and please, check with your medical practitioner so that you can deal with the hay fever and move on with the symptoms now minimized.
Reducing Nasal Swelling by Nasal Decongestants
Nasal decongestants usually come in the form of a spray which can be prescribed by your doctor. They work by reducing the swelling and making it easier to breathe. Usually, prolonged use can cause nasal irritation, so keep this remedy for occasional use only. There are different types of nasal decongestants, and some include antihistamines (as discussed below;).
Cut down the itching with Antihistamines
Antihistamines usually come in form of pills. However, there are also antihistamine nasal sprays and eye drops. Antihistamines can help with itching, sneezing and a runny nose but have less effect on congestion. Antihistamines block histamine, which is the main player in the allergic reaction that causes hay fever in the first place. When you take an antihistamine, you can choose to take it preventatively or as required. We should mention that some antihistamines may cause drowsiness, so be aware of this issue if you plan to be driving, or need to be alert for your job or other activities.
Corticosteroids to reduce Inflammation
If a blocked nose is one of your main hay fever symptoms, corticosteroids may be recommended to you. They are anti-inflammatory and therefore will help unblock a stuffy nose and other congestion. These are often the most effective block against hay fever.
Teaching the body to fight using Immunotherapy
Employing Immunotherapy might be especially effective if you’re allergic to cat dander, dust mites, or pollen produced by trees, grass or weeds. Usually, in children, immunotherapy may help prevent the development of asthma. Immunotherapy may be done over three to five years. You’ll receive regular injections containing tiny amounts of allergens. The goal is to get your body used to the allergens that cause your symptoms and decrease your need for medications. Immunotherapy builds your immunity to the allergen so that its effect on you is not as extreme as usual, and you are eventually no longer set off by it. Immunotherapy should show improvement in your tolerance to the allergen within one year, and treatment is usually continued for three years to become desensitized to the allergen.
Reducing the symptoms using Nasal Irrigation
Nasal Irrigation is the process of rinsing your nasal passages with distilled water or sterile saline solution is a quick, inexpensive and effective way to relieve nasal congestion. Rinsing flushes out mucus and allergens from your nose. This is becoming a much more common remedy. You can go to your local pharmacy and generally find a variety of nasal irrigation systems to choose from. Rinsing allergens from your nose and sinuses with sterile saline can bring major relief to allergy sufferers.
There are many natural remedies for hay fever. Although medical practitioners may not be able to prescribe all these treatments for you, many have no dangerous side effects and plenty of individuals feel that they are therefore at least worth a try.
Vitamin C is a known natural antihistamine. This means that it can be good at providing relief from allergy symptoms. Vitamin C is also an effective natural decongestant. Ensuring that you get your daily intake could be the perfect remedy if one of your hay fever symptoms is a blocked or a runny nose.
Taking Local Honey
Honey contains pollen from the plants and flowers surrounding the bee colony. By introducing this pollen to your body early, before hay fever season, you could help your body develop a sort of protection to the allergies that the pollen creates. Honey might help to desensitize your body, lessening your hay fever symptoms.
Eating Garlic has a lot of health benefits. However, it’s rather uncommon knowledge to know that it could also help alleviate your hay fever symptoms. Increasing your daily intake of garlic might help boost your immune system. It acts as a decongestant and could help to relieve other symptoms like sore throats and headaches.
Spicy food can also help. We all have different tolerance levels when it comes to spices. This natural remedy for hay fever is not for everyone, but if you can handle the heat, you might be in luck.
Hay fever is disheartening, but there are many options when you want to get rid of symptoms. Everyone’s body is different, and all will react to each method as an individual. Speak with your healthcare practitioner and decide which hay fever treatment might be right for you.