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Home > Health Symptoms Library > Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Description
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is a seasonal Allergy causing Inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and Eyes. The condition is characterised by itchy Eyes, sneezing, a watery nasal discharge, and tears in the Eyes.

Hay fever is caused through sensitivities to one or more species of wind-borne pollens or fungi. In the spring, acute hay fever may be triggered by tree pollens (oak, elm, maple, juniper); in the summer, by grass pollens or fungus spores; in late summer and autumn by ragweed pollen.

There are many predisposing factors of chronic hay fever, some of which are dust, mould, fungal spores, pet dander, fibres and feathers.

Herbs
Kelp
Liquorice (6)
Saw Palmetto
Slippery Elm (7)

Nutritional Supplements
Evening Primrose Oil (1)
Fish Oil (1)
Selenium
Vitamin B12
Vitamin A (2)
Vitamin C (3,4)
Vitamin E (5)

Homeopathy - Hayfever
Euphrasia
Sneezing and watery nose, not sore.
Eyes itch, burn and water profusely.

Arsen. alb.
Burning nose and Eyes.
Chest feels tight.

Pulsatilla
Hay fever that is better outdoors.

Silicea
Hay fever that has caused sinus obstruction.

Gelsemium
Severe hay fever with violent sneezing, heavy Eyes, Headache.
Patient is flushed and groggy.

References
1. Gallad L. Increased requirements for Essential Fatty Acids in atopic individuals: A review with clinical descriptions. Jour Amer Coll Nutr 1986; 5(2):213-28.
2. Journal of Nutrition. 119:135-136, 1989.
3. Bucca C, et al. Effect of Vitamin C on histamine bronchial responsiveness of patients with allergic rhinitis. Ann Allergy 65: 311-314, 1990.
4. Middleton E Jr. Effect of flavonoids on basophil histamine release and other secretory systems. Prog Clin Biol Res 213: 493-506, 1986.
5. Kamimura M. Anti-inflammatory activity of Vitamin E . J Vitaminol 18(4): 204-09, 1972.
6. Guinness AE. Family guide to Natural Medicine. New York: Reader’s Digest Association, 1993: 315.
7. Barney P. Clinical Applications of Herbal Medicine. Pleasant Grove, Utah:Woodland Publishing 1996:98.

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