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Homeopathy treatment for Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis

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Hay fever (allergic rhinitis or pollinosis), is an allergy characterized by sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, a runny nose and a burning sensation of the palate and throat. It is usually caused by allergies to airborne substances such as dust, moulds, pollens, animal fur and feathers. It is often aggravated by a food allergy, the most common being an allergy to milk.

Hay fever is most common in people with a family history of similar complaints or a personal history of eczema, hives (urticaria), and/or asthma.

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Is rhinitis always related to allergies?

No, rhinitis may have many causes other than allergies. Some of these other types of rhinitis are listed below.

Non-allergic rhinitis occurs in those patients in whom an allergic or other causes of rhinitis cannot be identified. Non-allergic rhinitis may be further divided into three types;

  • vasomotor rhinitis
  • gustatory rhinitis
  • non-allergic rhinitis with nasal eosinophilia syndrome (NARES).

These conditions may not have the other allergic manifestations such as, itchy and runny eyes and are also more persistent and less seasonal.

Vasomotor rhinitis is thought to occur because of abnormal regulation of nasal blood flow and may be induced by temperature fluctuations in the environment such as, cold or dry air, or irritants such as:

  • air pollution
  • smog
  • tobacco smoke
  • car exhaust
  • strong odors such as, detergents or fragrances

Gustatory rhinitis may presents predominantly as runny nose (rhinorrhea) related to consumption of hot or spicy food.

Non-allergic rhinitis with nasal eosinophilia syndrome (NARES) is characterized by a clear nasal discharge. The nasal discharge is found to have eosinophils (allergic cell type), although the patient may not have any other evidence of allergyby skin testing or history or symptoms.

Occupational rhinitis may arise from exposure to irritants at a person's workplace with improvement of symptoms after the person leaves the workplace.

Other causes of rhinitis may be related to:

  • pregnancy
  • certain medications (oral contraceptives)
  • some blood pressure medications
  • some anxiety medications
  • some erectile dysfunction medications
  • and some anti-inflammatory medications)
  • some nasal structural abnormalities (deviated septum, perforated septum, tumors, nasal polyps, or foreign bodies).

Infections, mostly viral, are a common cause of rhinitis. Viral rhinitis is usually not chronic and may resolve by itself.
Sometimes rhinitis may be related to other generalized medical conditions such as:

  • acid reflux disease (GERD)
  • Wegener's granulomatosis
  • sarcoidosis
  • cystic fibrosis
  • other less common conditions

What conditions cause an abnormal production of nasal secretions?

The following conditions are often associated with increased nasal drainage. Also, it would not be unusual to have more than one factor involved in a particular individual.
The following may cause an increase in thin secretions:

  • lviruses
  • allergies
  • cold temperatures
  • certain foods or spices
  • pregnancy or hormonal changes
  • drug side-effects (particularly certainhigh blood pressure medications)
  • structural problems (deviated septum, large turbinates)
  • vasomotor rhinitis (an abnormal regulatory problem with the nose)

Decreasing the fluid content of the mucus usually thickens the secretions leading to the impression of increased mucus. The following may cause thickened secretions:

  • low humidity
  • sinus or nasal infections
  • foreign bodies (especially if the drainage is from one side)
  • environmental irritants (tobacco smoke, smog)
  • structural problems (deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, enlarged adenoids)
  • advanced age - mucus membrane lining the nose can shrink with age leading to a reduced volume of secretions that are thicker
  • hormonal problems
  • drug side-effects (antihistamines)

What conditions cause an impaired clearance of nasal secretions?

Swallowing problems can make it difficult to clear normal secretions. This may result in the accumulation of material in the throat, which can spill into the voice box, causinghoarseness, throat clearing, or cough. The following factors can contribute to swallowing problems:

  • Advancing age: This will lead to decreased strength and coordination in swallowing
  • Stress: Stress leads to muscle spasm or "lump in throat." Also a nervous habit of frequent throat clearing will make the situation worse.
  • Narrowing of the throat due to tumors or other conditions: This will impair the passage of food.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Nerve or muscle disorders: (stroke, and muscle diseases, etc.)

What is going on in the body?

Allergens enter through the nose. Allergens include pollens, dust, dust mites, mold spores, and animal dander. These substances interact with IgE antibody on the mast cells inside the nose. This causes discharge of histamine. Histamine causes sneezing, nasal congestion, and nasal discharge.

The mast cells also release other substances. These substances pull a group of cells, called eosinophils, into the nasal lining. The eosinophils travel into the lining of the nose over a 6- to 24-hour period. They then release substances that can create additional symptoms hours after the original exposure.

The first reaction is called the early reaction. The symptoms occurring hours after the initial exposure make up the late-phase reaction.

For example, an individual who is sensitive to cats will develop an immediate allergic reaction when exposed to a cat. This initial acute attack may continue as long as the individual is exposed. Once the person leaves the environment, the symptoms subside. Later, the release of eosinophils may bring on another wave of the symptoms.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

The main cause of nasal allergies is an interaction between cells lining the nose and allergens. Common allergens include pollens, dust, dust mites, molds, and animal dander.

Symptoms & Signs

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
The symptoms of a nasal allergy are:

  • clear, watery nasal discharge
  • coughing
  • itching deep within the ear
  • itching, watering, and redness of the eyes
  • nasal itching
  • nasal stuffiness with subsequent difficulty breathing
  • sneezing

Late-phase reactions are very similar. The individual who has chronic allergy exposure may start to see other symptoms, such as:

  • more constant nasal stuffiness
  • reduced sense of smell
  • sinus headaches, usually in the forehead, cheek, and between the eyes
  • a thicker, clear-to-white mucus secretion

An individual with chronic allergies may also start to be affected by nonallergic stimuli. These can include dry air, cold air, smoke, and particles in the air.

Prevention & Expectations

What can be done to prevent the condition?
Many allergens are present in the air, so it may be very difficult for some people to prevent nasal allergies.

  • If a person's allergies are triggered by cats or specific animals, it is important to keep the animals out of the home
  • People who suffer from dust or dust mite allergies can benefit from having wood floors. They can use airtight pillow and mattress covers. Persons with severe nasal allergies may consider moving to a drier climate
  • People with nasal allergies should avoid tobacco smoke

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Most of the long-term effects occur in those who have prolonged or frequent periods of allergic disease. The presence of allergic rhinitis increases the risk of asthma four times. People with chronic allergies, such as those who are sensitive to dust, are more likely to develop chronic long-term symptoms.

Individuals who have allergic disease for long periods, such as spring through fall, may also develop long-term symptoms. These long-term symptoms include:

  • chronic cough
  • constant nasal congestion
  • excessive, thick nasal mucus
  • facial pain
  • fatigue
  • loss of sense of smell
  • sinus headaches
  • snoring, in persons with chronic nasal congestion

Nasal allergies can predispose an individual to sinus infections and asthma. Lost productivity costing billions of dollars per year occurs because of allergic disease.


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