Common symptoms include:
- Sinus congestion
- Runny nose or post-nasal drip (mucus running down the back of your throat)
- Itchy eyes, ears, mouth, skin
- Persistent cough
- Headaches etc.
For some these are just an annoyance, but for others, this can be sheer hell. Natural therapies can work and are definitely worth a try before heading for the pharmaceutical antihistamines.
- Exercise: the exact mechanism is unknown but hay fever hits double the amount of inactive people as it does active people, so get moving people.
- Address your stress levels (see the point above, exercise is by far the best stress management tool)
- Look at purchasing an air filter for your home/car.
- Salt therapy can help provide much-welcomed relief. You can even buy a Crystal salt lamp to take home.
- Nasal cleansing is a must. Using Neti-pods is one option or I use NasoClear in the clinic. NasoClear is a saline based spray with additional aromatherapies to kill off any unwanted nasal fungus and help open your airways.
- Acupuncture can help clear hay fever symptoms. Contact Thie in the clinic if you have any questions regarding this.
Nutrition needs to be optimized. Hydration is a must. Did you know 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system? You can not expect your immune system to function well if you don’t feed it an optimal diet. This includes plenty of protein, high amounts of good fats with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. (Avoiding inflammatory grain-based products, fast foods, sugars, and foods that you are allergic or sensitive to.
- Probiotics, these good bacteria line all your mucous membranes including your sinus cavities and lungs. They sooth, heal and protect your mucous membranes against unwanted microbes.
- Herbal medicines, there are so many herbs specific for sinus healing. My favourites are the E’s: Elder, Eyebright, Echinacea, and Elecampane. Perilla and Albizia are also good.
- Immune strengthening products filled with ingredients like Vitamin C, Zinc, and Quercetin.
- Vitamin D. Most people’s vitamin D levels are very low after winter and Vitamin D deficiency can intensify hay fever symptoms. If you are visiting a GP any time soon, it’s worth asking for a blood test to check your levels. Otherwise, it’s a very safe and inexpensive supplement to add to your routine.
- Fish oils are one of my favourite all round products. Most people are scared of consuming fats these days (although they shouldn’t be!) and are missing out on their beneficial anti-inflammatory effects. Taking a daily fish oil capsule can fix this.
If you are suffering I hope this has helped. If you need further assistance please contact the clinic to book an appointment.