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hay fever

 We have all been there… just when the sunshine and warmth of spring begins to rear its beautiful head, hayfever disrupts the joy. If you have not had hay fever or allergic rhinitis before then, you’re lucky. The annoyance of a runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, and nasal congestion has not been your portion.

Hayfever is an allergic condition caused by allergens such as pollen in the atmosphere, and it can be seasonal, perennial (all year long), or occupational. Some common allergens include mold or fungi, dust mites, pet fur or funder, and cigarette smoke. On that note, this article shall discuss the best reliefs for kicking hay fever out of your system during allergy season. Ready to take some notes? Let’s begin.

Best remedies for kicking Hay Fever

  • Antihistamines

This is one of the most common remedies for most hay fever sufferers. They help block the release of the chemical in your body, histamine, which is the leading cause of hay fever. Harmless allergens that get into your body are automatically attacked by the immune system using the chemical “histamine.”

The body’s reaction to this chemical is what brings about hay fever. Antihistamines are usually in pill form, nasal spray, or even eye drops to provide hayfever relief. Pills are typically given when one has mild symptoms, while nasal sprays are for those with irritated and inflamed nostrils. Remember that older types of antihistamines such as promethazine and chlorpheniramine may cause drowsiness, so it’s not ideal for those who drive.

  • Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

There may be instances where over the counter medications may not help effectively relieve your symptoms or cause numerous side effects. When this happens, your doctor may prescribe allergy shots. This involves regular injections containing tiny amounts of allergens for three to five years. The aim is to acclimate your body to allergens that bring about hay fever, thereby reducing your need for medications. This may be the best remedy for those allergic to pollen, pet fur, or dust mites.

  • Nasal corticosteroids

Nasal corticosteroids are the most preferred treatment method by hay fever sufferers since it has been said to be fast-acting and highly effective. It helps to prevent and treat nasal conditions such as itching, inflammation, and a runny nose.

They are also safe for long term use with possible minor side effects such as nasal irritation and unpleasant taste or smell. Some examples of nasal corticosteroids include triamcinolone (Nasacort Allergy 24 Hour), mometasone (Nasonex), and budesonide (Rhinocort Allergy).

  • Rinsing out your sinuses

If you are looking for a more straightforward and inexpensive way of treating hay fever, then sinus rinsing may be just the thing for you. Rinsing helps flush out all those pesky allergens and mucus from your nose to bring you some respiratory relief. To do this, find any squeeze bottle or a neti pot (an object used for nasal rinsing) from your local pharmacy or health food store.

Create your nasal solution using previously boiled water, distilled water, or filtered water with a bit of salt. Remember to thoroughly clean the bottle or pot with clean, warm water and leave it open to air-dry.

  • Vitamin C

Now I know some of you may prefer organic remedies in helping reduce the symptoms of hayfever. Don’t worry, I have got you covered. One treatment you can immediately start using is Vitamin C, which is a well-known antihistamine.

These can be found in citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, and others. Aside from vitamin C, some of these foods also contain bioflavonoids. The combination of these nutrients acts as a natural decongestant for the alleviation of hayfever.

  • Turmeric and Ginger

These two spices are well known for their potent anti-inflammatory properties. They also aid in digestion, system stimulation, and nutrient assimilation. One of the best ways to take these spices is by mixing them with hot water and drinking them immediately. If you don’t have ginger powder, you could cut the ginger roots into small pieces or grate them to release the flavor. This would relieve allergic rhinitis symptoms such as a runny nose, headaches, nasal swelling, and congestion.

  • Chamomile

A very effective antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile is rich in flavonoids, which help soothe inflamed parts of the body. Chamomile can be used in 3 ways as a remedy. The most common is the use of chamomile tea. Brewing it for about 3 mins and drinking it hot can help clear nasal airways to make breathing easier.

Another way is by chamomile inhalation.  You can do this by boiling chamomile in water and inhaling the vapor. This would aid in clearing excess mucus from the lungs and also reducing inflammation. The third method is by using chamomile as an eye compress to help soothe itchy and inflamed eyes. Do this by merely refrigerating a chamomile tea bag steeped in water for about 20 mins. Place the cool tea bags on each eye for 5 mins and let the inflamed eye breathe for about an hour before repeating the step.

 

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