2nd Jun 2016
Five ways to get rid of hayfever fast
Five ways to get rid of hayfever fast

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 hayfever relief 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 get rid of a runny nose.

There are a number of different medications on the market for hayfever relief. 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.

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
If you would like to try a natural remedy for hayfever, 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 natural 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 to get hayfever relief.

Understanding hayfever

Allergic rhinitis develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.

The common name for Allergic rhinitis is hay fever. It comes in two different forms:

  • Seasonal: Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis can occur in spring, summer and early autumn. It is caused by allergic sensitivity to airborne mould spores or to pollens from grass, trees and weeds.
  • Perennial: People with perennial allergic rhinitis experience symptoms year-round. Dust mites, pet hair or dander, cockroaches or mould generally causes it.

How do nasal sprays help?

Nasal decongestants help relieve nasal congestion by narrowing (constricting) the blood vessels and reducing blood flow and swelling, allowing you to breathe more easily. Histamine is a chemical naturally produced by various cells in your body. Antihistamines work by physically blocking the H1 receptors, stopping histamine from reaching its target. This decreases your body's reaction to allergens and therefore helps to reduce the troublesome symptoms associated with allergy. A nasal corticosteroid spray reduces swelling and mucus in the nasal passageway. It works best when used every day without stopping

Alternative treatments for hayfever

Natural remedies: Vitamin C, Horseradish and garlic and Vitamin A

- Be sure to eat a healthy whole food diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. A good diet ensures you are getting all the essential vitamins and minerals, which may be helpful in hay fever symptom relief.
- Reduce or cut out dairy foods. They are considered to be mucus producers and may increase the amount of mucus produced during hay fever bouts.
- Minimise your exposure to pollens and moulds where possible.
- Use essential oil inhalations. Combine essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus or lemon myrtle with boiling water in a bowl. Place your head over the bowl and inhale the steam. This can help to loosen up the mucus and get you breathing easier.

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

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    19th Oct 2012
    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!!
    19th Oct 2012
    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.
    19th Oct 2012
    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.
    6th Jan 2016
    I tried a smear of vaseling in each nostrils and couldn't breathe!!
    I had to breathe through my mouth completely
    22nd Oct 2012
    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.
    12th Jun 2015
    pineapple is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Besides, it's delicious.
    6th Jan 2016
    We were told by our local GP that pineapple is a good chest decongestant. Even just the juice is excellent - actually the juice was the suggestion. There was no good quality pineapples available at the time.
    23rd Mar 2017
    Have used pineapple juice for 40 + years as a decongestant. Found it better than anything from the Chemist. On a cold night it can be gently warmed to drink. Yes it is very good to eat too.
    29th Oct 2012
    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.
    7th Nov 2012
    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 .
    7th Nov 2012
    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.
    6th Jan 2016
    kino, do you know if these books are available at a public library at all?
    3rd Dec 2012
    Can anyone tell me where I can buy Chinese Blackberry Tea in the northern suburbs of Western Australia. Thanking you e
    12th Oct 2017
    Hi, e,
    Perhaps you could try eBay; I have received a few things medications plus other things off eBay and been quite satisfied. You will need PayPal; I have found PayPal quite safe for a number of years.
    A. N. Onymous
    3rd Jan 2014
    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?)
    6th Jan 2016
    Horseradish (NOT horseradish and garlic) pills did not only relieve my chronic hay fever symptoms, but actually cured my hay fever. I haven't had a serious bout for probably 20 years. Other people confirmed to me that horseradish pills greatly assisted them with their hay fever. But I haven't seen a horseradish pill in years.
    18th Feb 2017
    I get uncontrollable fits of sneezing on a fairly regular basis and I find that the only way that I can break the cycle is by eating some thing - a biscuit - a slice or a piece of fruit whatever is handy. Sneezing stops almost instantly. Other friends have tried it and for most it works.
    Try it yourself.
    23rd Mar 2017
    I've found using a saline spray before going to sleep at night is very good to keep a cold at bay.
    28th Jul 2017
    Instead of Vaseline, I have a tried dab of Vicks at the end of each nostril
    26th Oct 2017
    After many years suffering with hay fever I found a way to manage it. A simple internal nose cleansing with water mixed with bi carbon soda and salt at least once a day keeps hay fever under control and colds away too. I firmly believe now that like a cold, hay fever is a virus that thrives up the nose cavity. Simple, effective and cheap.
    9th Jan 2018
    All interesting comments, how do you "flush" your nose clean without drowning ? ,!!!
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    23rd May 2018
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