Natural Remedies for Hay Fever
First of all, what is hay fever?
Hay fever, also known as allergy to plant pollen, is a common immune system condition that affects over 40 million people all over the world. Aside from grass and plants, dust, chemicals, and several pollutants can stimulate or aggravate this condition. Hay fever can be extremely debilitating because of its symptoms such as itching, sore throat, sneezing fits, headaches, runny nose, and difficulty of breathing.
The use of antihistamine medications is the treatment of choice for hay fever. However, antihistamines cause extreme lethargy. This side effect prompts health care practitioners to advise their patients against driving, operating machinery, and other challenging activities. This also makes it difficult for children at school to focus and concentrate on their classroom discussions, projects, and exams.
Thankfully, there are many natural remedies that help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever without causing lethargy and other side effects associated with the use of antihistamine medication. But bear in mind that the use for natural remedies is a case of trial and error. Some remedies may work for some people, but won’t for others. This is because people’s symptoms and sensitivities are unique.
Try a particular remedy for a few days and see if it makes a difference. If it does, then continue with it. If it doesn’t, then try another one. Never give up, though. There are numerous natural remedies available and the odds of finding something that will work are very high. Below are just some of the common natural remedies for hay fever.
Modifying the diet is one of the cheapest, most effective, and most natural ways of controlling hay fever and other types of illnesses. As a general rule for hay fever sufferers, lessen or remove the ‘grasses’ from the diet. Grasses include grains such as oats, wheat, and rice. Mucous forming foods should also be lessened because excess mucous can aggravate hay fever symptoms when they manifest. Consume dairy products (milk, cheese, butter) and fried foods moderately.
Cut back of carbohydrates, sugars, and yeasts because too much of these food groups can affect the immune system. Make sure to eat balanced meals every day and keep the body hydrated by drinking fluids regularly. Take vitamin C daily because it is not only a good immune system booster, but it is also a natural antihistamine.
There are herbs that are as effective as antihistamine medications when t comes to treating hay fever and its symptoms. Herb therapy is all natural and no preservatives or other chemicals are used. Green tea is a popular natural antihistamine and immune system booster. Ginger and chamomile are effective in relieving nasal and sinus congestion by loosening excess mucous and opening the airways. Butterbur is a natural anti-inflammatory that is effective in relieving sneezing fits, migraines, itchy eyes, and sinus congestion.
Though not exactly a “natural” remedy for hay fever, using air cleaners can greatly reduce the symptoms of hay fever and prevent future allergy attacks without the use of drugs and medicines. Air cleaners help trap molds and pollens before you breathe them in and it also purifies the air. Quality air cleaners are not cheap, but they really are very good investments, especially for people who suffer from hay fever symptoms frequently.
Many of our customers suffer from hay fever and don't want to take a bunch of drugs unless they absolutely have to. Maybe one of these suggestions can help you but don't forget to always talk to your doctor before you start any new program. Better to be safe...
Wishing you the best of health
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