Hay Fever Relief

Hay Fever Relief

Hay fever SUCKS!!! Anyone that has ever suffered from the symptoms of hay fever (or “allergic rhinitis”, for the technically inclined) will be the first to tell you that all you think about during that time is finding some type of hay fever relief. Hay fever actually has little to do with hay itself, but rather describes a condition that can happen to people who are allergic to certain types of airborne particles. One of those particles in fact can come from hay, which I have personally experienced. I remember one time I was volunteering at my church to lay pine straw around one of the children’s buildings on the church campus, and when the day was done, I felt like my head was going to explode. When I blew my nose, I had all kinds of residue coming out, and I noticed an excessive amount of mucus building up in (and running out of) my nose. I hate to get graphic, but I’m just telling you what type of symptoms can be present when you’re dealing with hay fever. Oddly enough, hay fever also doesn’t always involve having an actual fever; sometimes all you have to deal with is the runny nose, which is literally what “rhinitis” means. What I have found is that depending upon how severe your sinus’s reactions are to the allergens, that will oftentimes determine whether or not you end up running a fever. I do want to put this “bootleg disclaimer” out there and say that I have absolutely no medical evidence to back my claims on the previous sentence, but it’s just something I’ve observed from personal experience. But anyway, I did want to point out that hay fever is not just caused by pine straw, but also from airborne allergens such as pollen (a MAJOR one for most hay fever sufferers), pet dander, mold, and other things that can be inhaled. Hay fever is caused by an overproduction of histamine in the body; this is actually the body “overreacting” in a sense to the airborne allergens that are perceived by the body as “intruders”, so to speak. Since the body perceives that it is under attack, it goes into emergency mode and begins producing histamine at a raised rate, which many times can trigger an overproduction of mucus and other bodily fluids that affect the eyes, nose and throat. This can make you feel like you’re leaking all over the place, so to speak. It’s nothing that’s life-threatening by any means, but it sure is aggravating.

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Hay Fever Relief: Some Practical Things to Do

For people looking for hay fever relief, one of the most simple (but probably impractical) ways to achieve a decent amount of relief is by avoiding the sources of the allergens—i.e., staying indoors. Now how you can practically accomplish that in real life is a different story. It is recommended that you use some type of air filtration system in your living space during seasons where the airborne allergen count is high. It is also recommended that you close your windows and doors and keep them closed so that any airborne allergens will be prevented from entering your house on a “summer breeze” (Seals & Crofts, anyone? Sorry…that was completely random). Many people recommend staying away from common allergenic foods such as dairy products and wheat, since diet plays a significant role in the body’s ability to fight off allergies and infections. One of the most commonly implemented forms of hay fever relief is simply to buy an over-the-counter medicine that contains some type of antihistamine, but for those who don’t like to go the drug route, natural herbs such as Echinacea and also antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and so forth are known to provide a much-needed boost to the immune system. All of these methods have a place in contributing to hay fever relief, and it is definitely worth your while to find which method will work the best for you, especially when that dreadful “pollen season” comes around again.

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