ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hay Fever Relief

Updated on August 11, 2009

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.

Image courtesy of Microsoft Office Clip Art
Image courtesy of Microsoft Office Clip Art

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)