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10 Natural Remedies for Hay Fever Season

Updated on October 2, 2015
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As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.

Pollen is the main cause of hay fever.
Pollen is the main cause of hay fever.

Hay Fever

Hay fever has nothing whatsoever to do with hay or, indeed, a fever. It possibly got its name from the old days where it seemed to particularly manifest itself during the hay harvesting season.

It is, in fact, an allergic reaction where your immune system reacts to something that your nose, mouth or eyes have come into contact with. The immune system looks on this as a harmful foreign body and starts to attack and remove it.

The immune system triggers the release of histamine from cells that line your nose, mouth and eyes. It's this that causes the symptoms of hay fever. i.e. itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, sinus congestion and coughing.

Grass pollen is by far the most common of the substances that cause hay fever. Others are tree pollen, weed pollen, mould and fungal spores, dust mites, and animal skin dust.

Subsequent contacts with such substances will cause your body to react even more. This process is called 'sensitization.'

Doctors may advise anti-histamine nasal sprays (you can get them over-the-counter) for very mild hay fever. For anything more than very mild, they will probably prescribe steroid nasal sprays. And for particularly severe cases they may even call for long term immunotherapy treatment.

However, there are a number of natural remedies for hay fever that you can try...

Local honey as a natural remedy for hay fever.
Local honey as a natural remedy for hay fever.

Natural Remedies for Hay Fever Season

Here are 10 natural remedies for hay fever that you may wish to try.

  • Eat locally-produced honey all year. Some sufferers claim that they have had good results using this. It could be that your body builds up immunity to the local pollen.
  • Consume natural yogurt containing probiotics (live cultures). Some studies have shown this to help alleviate the symptoms arising from grass pollen.
  • Avoid soya because soya allergies have been linked to hay fever.
  • Apply used teabags to help cool inflamed eyes. Tannins in them have natural anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Avoid outdoor activities in the early mornings as pollen counts are higher because many plants release their pollen just after dawn.
  • In the home, dust with a well damped cloth to avoid spreading dust up into the air.
  • Wash your hair every night to remove captured pollen.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses as a barrier to pollen getting into your eyes.
  • For de-congestion, cover your head with a towel over a bowl / basin of boiling water and inhale the steam.
  • Their seems to be a positive association between a Mediterranean diet and the alleviation of the symptoms of hay fever. So eat plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olives and olive oil.

Hay Fever Advice from Dr. Glenis Skadding

References used in Natural Remedies for Hay Fever

  • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hayfever.html
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160665.php
  • http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/h/allergic-rhinitis
  • http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hay-fever/Pages/Causes.aspx
  • http://www.bristol247.com/2012/05/11/natural-remedies-to-fight-hayfever-heyday-60879/

Disclaimer

The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A common problem where I live my son too has this problem a well advised hub on such issues.

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR

      JCielo 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Rajan. Yes, things are getting worse. Hay fever was almost unheard of 200 years ago. And pollen levels were higher in the 1970s than today, yet hay fever is on the increase. Some scientists believe polution may be playing a part.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful natural remedies for tackling hay fever which is an ever increasing problem.

      Voted up and useful.

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