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Natural Treatment of Hay Fever

Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis, or Hay Fever, can range from annoying to debilitating; learn how to use natural treatments for symptom reduction.

| August 2018

  • Allergies can have a big impact on day-to-day life and, with symptoms varying from individual to individual, treatment often has to be personalized to accommodate different lifestyles and sensitivities.
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  • “Natural Treatment of Allergies” by Ramón Rosello and Anna Huete details conventional and alternative treatment for allergies, suggesting a more natural path for those dealing with severe sensitivities.
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Natural Treatment of Allergies (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015), by Ramón Rosello and Anna Huete, offers solutions to those suffering from allergies and includes tips on common reactions such as asthma, hay fever, dermatitis, and dietary intolerance. Rosello is a doctor and acupuncturist who has written about natural health topics for over thirty years and has several books published in Spain. Huete is a writer and editor with experience covering natural health issues. The following excerpt discusses allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, and how it can be managed.

Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever

Rhinitis is one of the most common allergic conditions. Its symptoms may not be severe, and the quality of life of people who suffer from this allergy can be affected for short periods out of the year, or chronically.

This immune disorder, also called “hay fever,” causes an exaggerated response of the mucosa in the nasal passages from inhaling pollen or other allergens. Sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, congestion, and headaches are annoying symptoms that accompany this reaction and may occur at any age.

The rising population of allergic people has increased awareness of this illness. It’s important to take into account both the professional and personal environments of the patient when treating the source of the allergy.  Rhinitis affects the quality of life of patients, who feel as though they have a perpetual cold for weeks, or even all year.

What causes allergic rhinitis?

As in the case of asthma, rhinitis is a respiratory condition that is triggered by the inhalation of airborne allergens.

When an allergic person is in an environment with pollen, dust mites, mold, or other airborne allergens, these allergens trigger the body to start making IgE, which in turn releases histamine, causing the lining of the nose, throat, and sinuses to become inflamed.

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