24th Aug 2012

Five ways to get rid of hayfever fast

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Rachel Tyler Jones

The sneezy season is almost upon us, and hayfever sufferers are beginning to gear up for another round of itchy eyes and runny noses. Learn how to minimise your symptoms from the onset, and how to get rid of hayfever once it has set in.

The best way to get on top of hayfever is to start planning a few weeks before you think hayfever season will set in. This means starting any diets, medications or air-filtering systems two weeks before spring really begins, as it is easier to prevent a reaction than it is to cure your symptoms once they appear.

Medication
There are a number of different medications on the market for hayfever. Antihistamines are the standby of most hayfever sufferers. They relieve (to a degree) all hayfever symptoms, from itchy eyes to runny noses. Nasal sprays and eye drops can be a good way to complement antihistamine use. In extreme cases steroid tablets or injections can be used for a short period of time. These are very effective, so you might like to consider them for special occasions where you want to feel your best, such as weddings or important job interviews.

Diet
Many people have found that changing their diet, especially during hayfever season, can have a big effect on how bad their hayfever symptoms are. Try cutting down foods which increase mucous production, such as milk products, sugar and excessive starch, and increasing your intake of foods which have natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. This includes fish, all vegetables except tomatoes, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, garlic and onion. Drinking two litres of water per day has also been shown to help relieve symptoms.

Local honey
A number of studies throughout the years have shown that exposing someone with an allergy to small amounts of the allergen can desensitise the person and lessen the effects of the allergy. Eating locally produced honey, which is made from the same pollens which are floating around in the air and giving you hayfever, has been reported as an effective way to lessen symptoms.

Chinese blackberry tea
Chinese blackberry tea, or Chinese sweet tea, is a well-known home remedy for hayfever. Try taking it twice a day for two weeks, and see if your symptoms improve. Chinese blackberry tea can be found in most chemists with a natural remedies section.

Avoid pollen
It seems like a no-brainer, but avoiding pollen is the best way to reduce your hayfever symptoms. Closing doors and windows during hayfever season will significantly reduce the pollen count inside your house. If you can, try to work in an air-conditioned environment, as the filtered air is less likely to set off a reaction. You might also wish to install an electrostatic air filter in your car’s ventilation system, and make sure you use the air conditioning instead of rolling down the windows when you are driving.

Are you a hayfever sufferer with an effective home remedy for hayfever? If so, why not share it in the comments below?





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Sapper
19th Oct 2012
6:03pm
Ever tried a Netti pot?
It just involves sticking a teapot spout up each nostril and pouring slightly salty water up your nose. It flushes out your sinuses, and you don't have to take any medication. My sinuses were totally blocked as diagnosed by an MRI before a friend told me to try this method.
Worked for me.
No expensive treatments. Only drawback is that you lose a lot of your sense of smell. In many situations, this is a benefit!!
rtrish
19th Oct 2012
6:15pm
OK, so this probably makes me look like a crazy lady: the pollen that floats around at this time of year is a problem as I walk or catch the bus, so I always wear a scarf - red or a dark colour, and cover my mouth and nose if I have to walk through a cloud of flying pollen. The scarf is dark coloured so that I don't mark the scarf with lipstick. One of those face masks that some people wear when they have a cold or flu would work best, but I haven't gone as far as wearing that. Wearing the scarf means it is to hand quickly if needed.
Sweetiepie
19th Oct 2012
10:11pm
A dollop of vaseline in each nostril before you go outside acts to catch the pollen grains before they get further into the nasal passages. It doesn't feel very nice and gives you the urge to sneeze to get the stuff out, but give it a go and bear with the gooey discomfort, it might work for you too.
Desiree
22nd Oct 2012
12:34pm
I was listening to one of the radio stations recently and a man stated he stopped his hayfever by eating a piece of pineapple morning and night. I don't suffer hayfever so haven't tried. Give it a try sufferers.
kino
29th Oct 2012
12:40pm
The underlying cause of hay fever has been identified as a Candida Albican (thrush) overgrowth of the ilio-cecal valve (ICV) located between the small and large intestine.
When Candida overgrowth is present it causes this valve to malfunction, causing toxicity to which the immune system reacts.
workingoldie
7th Nov 2012
12:29pm
Have been taking horseradish and garlic capsules for years at first sign of cold or hay fever. Totally natural and clears the sinuses and runny nose and eyes. Two every 4 hours are all that is needed - usually cleared up in a day. Cheaper and far more effective than the anti histamines from the pharmacy. Was a nurse up until last year and have never heard of kino's explanation .
kino
7th Nov 2012
1:45pm
This is not unusual for someone from the conventional side of health.
I can recommend the book 'Allergies and Candida', by Prof Steven Rochlitz. or 'The stress in your life' by Hans Selye, or 'Food allergies, its manifestations and control and the elimination diets; a compendium' by Albert H. Rowe MD, or 'Eating dangerously, the hazards of hidden allergy' by Dr. Richard Mackarness, or 'An alternative approach to allergies' by Theron Randolph MD. or 'The missing diagnosis' by Dr C. Orian Truss, or 'The yeast human interaction"
These are not the sort of books nurses read, but are more specialised. Actually these books are meant for the allergist rather than the nurse.
e
3rd Dec 2012
12:04am
Can anyone tell me where I can buy Chinese Blackberry Tea in the northern suburbs of Western Australia. Thanking you e
A. N. Onymous
3rd Jan 2014
2:29pm
I have suffered from hayfever (and other allergies) since I was a child. As a child I was given antihistamines which made me sleepy for a few days until I adjusted to them, and this lasted until the hay fever season ended and the asthma season began. Every three or four years the doctor would change the antihistamine because I had been using it for so long that it was no longer effective. Because I had so many allergies I had different reactions -- some things caused me to have a runny nose and/or sneeze, and others gave me eye problems (sore and/or itchy and/or burning, again depending on what was causing it).

About thirty years or so ago I was having a particularly bad time and even thought about contacting the DPI to see if the farmers in our rural north Queensland area were spraying with something new. (I never did, but I did meet others who were having similar experiences.) At the time I read in one of those free magazines at the health food stores that Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and that its antihistamine effect is "intensified in the presence of zinc, B6, and magnesium" (no quantities given or proportions listed).

As I was taking 500 mg of Vitamin C three times a day and a mutivitamin which had B6 and magnesium in it but not zinc, I went looking for zinc tablets. I found a combination tablet (zinc, B6, and magnesium) and figured it wouldn't hurt to have extra B6 or magnesium and that perhaps this tablet had the right proportions to combine with my Vitamin C.

I can still remember how bad I was (runny nose) when I started taking the tablets. As secretary for our church I was taking minutes at a meeting -- write a sentence or two in shorthand, grab a tissue, blow my nose, throw the tissue away, write a sentence or two in shorthand, grab a tissue, ... etc. etc. etc.

After a few days on the vitamin combination, my nose gradually dried up. One morning when I woke up and opened my eyes, they were so dry that the eyelid going over the eyeball sounded like sandpaper. This didn't last; as soon as I blinked a few times and my mucous membranes got to work, everything was normal. At that point I continued my Vitamin C but gradually cut down on the B6-zinc-magnesium until I was taking it only once a day for three or four days a week until the hay fever season ended. In subsequent years I followed the same procedure and have been free of runny nose problems ever since.

However, I have sometimes wondered if my increasing eye problems every hay fever season are a result. It's as though removing one outlet (the runny nose) enabled the allergen to concentrate completely on the other outley (my eyes which had always suffered but not so much).

(Note that before I posted this the top of the page said "8 comments already" but I counted only 7 before this one of mine. Has one been removed?)
asher17
19th Dec 2014
10:06pm
Winter season has approached us so does the sneeze season. Thus it is the time of hay fever. If taken care properly, you could avoid being the victim of it. Proper medications would prevent the hay fever. Certain diets could save you from it.
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