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Hay Fever Overview
Allergic rhinitis, pollenosis or hay fever is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways. It occurs when an individual with a sensitized immune system inhales an allergen such as pollen or dust, it triggers antibody production. These antibodies mostly bind to mast cells, which contain histamine. When the mast cells are stimulated by pollen and dust, histamine (and other chemicals) is released. This causes itching, swelling, and mucus production. Symptoms vary in severity between individuals. Very sensitive individuals can experience hives or other rashes.
The two categories of allergic rhinitis include:
  • Seasonal – occurs particularly during pollen seasons. Seasonal allergic rhinitis does not usually develop until after 6 years of age.
  • Perennial – occurs throughout the year. This type of allergic rhinitis is commonly seen in younger children.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, frequently include nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, sneezing, nose and eye itching, and excess tear production in the eyes. Postnasal dripping of clear mucus frequently causes a cough. Loss of the sense of smell is common, and loss of taste sense occurs occasionally. Nose bleeding may occur if the condition is severe. Eye itching, redness, and excess tears in the eyes frequently accompany the nasal symptoms. The eye symptoms are referred to as "allergic conjunctivitis". These allergic symptoms often interfere with one's quality of life and overall health. Allergic rhinitis can lead to other diseases such as sinusitis and asthma.
Hay Fever Causes Top
Hay fever, like all allergic reactions, is caused by allergens, foreign "invaders" that enter your body by inhalation, by swallowing, or through your skin. Heredity and environmental exposures may contribute to a predisposition to allergies. It is roughly estimated that one in three people have an active allergy at any given time and at least three in four people develop an allergic reaction at least once in their lives.
  • In hay fever, the allergens are airborne substances that enter your airways (mouth, nose, throat, and lungs) via your breathing and the linings of your eyes and sometimes ears via direct contact.
  • Most of the time it is difficult to identify a specific allergen.
  • Once these allergens come in contact with your airway, the white blood cells of your immune system produce antibodies to the offending substance. This overreaction to a harmless substance is often called a hypersensitivity reaction.
  • The most common allergens in hay fever are pollens.
  • Pollens from certain types of trees, grasses, and weeds (such as ragweed) are most likely to cause reactions. Pollens from other types of plants are less allergenic.
  • The other common allergens in hay fever are molds.
  • Molds are a type of fungus that has no stems, roots, or leaves.
  • Mold spores float through the air like pollen until they find a hospitable environment to grow.
  • Risk factors for hay fever
  • Family members with hay fever
  • Repeated exposure to the allergen
  • Other allergic conditions such as eczema or asthma
  • Nasal polyps (small noncancerous growths in the lining of the nose)
  • The allergens that cause symptoms in an individual as he or she ages. Symptoms decrease in some allergy sufferers, but not all, as they grow older.
  • Bodily changes of pregnancy may make hay fever worse.
What are the signs and symptoms of Hay fever? Top
The usual symptoms of hay fever include the following:
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose (clear, thin discharge)
  • Congested ("stuffy") nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sensation of plugged ear(s)
  • Watery, bloodshot eyes
  • Itching of nose, soft palate, ear canal, eyes, and/or skin
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Redness of eyes
  • It can lead to asthma and sinusitis
How is hay fever diagnosed? Top
If a person is experiencing the typical symptoms of hay fever, a consultation with a specialist can help identify the offending substances.
  • Medical history, including allergies, asthma, and eczema
  • Seasonal symptoms associated with specific geographic locations
  • Family history of hay fever, asthma, and other allergies.
What is the role of homoeopathy in Hay fever? Top
Homoeopathic medicines act by:
  • Relieving the symptoms:
  • Preventing exacerbations (attacks)
  • Controlling and curing the altered immune response
Relieving Symptoms: Homoeopathic medicines offer considerable relief symptoms of Hay fever like:
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose (clear, thin discharge)
  • Congested ("stuffy") nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sensation of plugged ear(s)
  • Watery, bloodshot eyes
  • Itching of nose, soft palate, ear canal, eyes, and/or skin
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Redness of eyes
Preventing exacerbations (attacks):
Homoeopathic medicines prevent any exacerbations at first prolonging the time between episodes and later preventing their occurrence leading to permanent cure.

Controlling and curing the altered immune response:
Homoeopathic medicines offer permanent cure in Hay fever (allergic conditions) they act by curtailing the individual’s immune response against allergens, thus decreasing their hypersensitivity towards triggering stimuli and curing the altered immunity.
The development of Hay fever (allergic conditions) is multifactorial and depends upon interaction between susceptible genes and environmental factors. Thus homoeopathy with its deep acting constitutional remedies offers excellent results.
  • Our medicines have not to be taken for lifetime. Once cured the patients develops immunity towards the triggering stimulus, which is maintained even after medication is stopped.
  • All types of allergies (skin, food, dust) show excellent response to homoeopathic treatment
  • We at DRSS provide our patients with diet charts, exercise schedules and guide them how to modify their lifestyle so that better results can be achieved.
  • Our medicines can be started with conventional treatment depending upon the disease state and case
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