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Homeopathy for Hay-Fever

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It’s that time of year again! For hay-fever sufferers spring time can herald weeks or even months of symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Allergic rhinitis is a condition where the mucous membranes in the nose have a hypersensitive reaction to specific substances or allergens.  The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are similar to the common head cold.  Typical symptoms include a blocked nose, with watery discharge and bouts of sneezing.  Eyes become irritated and itchy.  The throat or soft palate may also be itchy and in some cases asthmatic symptoms may accompany the attack.  There are two main types of allergic rhinitis; seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis.

 Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is more commonly called ‘hay-fever’. Attacks typically occur during the spring or summer months in response to certain pollens, grasses, flowers, and trees.

 Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Perennial allergic rhinitis can occur all year round.  The factors which trigger attacks of perennial rhinitis are varied, and often non-specific, such as exposure to dust, smoke, chemicals, petrol fumes, animal hair, perfumes etc.  The attacks may also come on after eating certain foods, drinking alcohol, excessive mental activity, tiredness and other situations or activities where the body is under extra stress.

Both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis can respond effectively to constitutional homeopathic treatment.   This involves a consultation with a qualified homeopath after which a remedy is prescribed according to your specific symptoms and health history.  Remedies can also be used to give symptomatic relief from acute episodes.  Some of the common acute remedies include:

 Allium Cepa

This is one of the most frequently used remedies for the typical ‘summer hay-fever’, where there is a great sensitivity to flowers and pollens. The nose is blocked but ‘drips like a tap’.  The discharge from the nose irritates the skin around the nose or upper lip.  There is violent sneezing and the eyes are watering.

 Euphrasia

This is the remedy to take if the main problem is the eyes.  The eyes are inflamed, extremely irritated, itchy, and hot.  There is sneezing and a watery discharge from the nose, but unlike with Allium Cepa, the discharge from the nose does not irritate the skin.  There may also be a tickly cough.

 Sabadilla

This remedy is used when the main symptom is tremendous, severe, bouts of sneezing.  The sneezing is so severe it is debilitating.  There is a constant itching and tingling inside the nose.  Symptoms are slightly relieved by warm drinks.

 Apis

Apis is used where there is allergic swellings accompanying a hay-fever attack.  The eyes become very swollen, and the face feels burning and hot.  An allergic rash may also be present.

 For further information regarding the treatment of hay-fever contact Thérèse at anu-health.com

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