Hay fever

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an allergic condition triggered by the immune system’s response to inhaled substances (frequently pollens). At can also be caused by allergy to animal fur, dust and feathers.

Researchers have yet to clearly understand why some people’s immune systems over-react to exposure to pollens or other irritants, while other people do not suffer from this problem. Symptoms of hay fever are partly a result of inflammation that, in turn, is activated by the immune system.

Inhaled allergens trigger sneezing and inflammation of the nose and mucous membranes (conjunctiva) of the eyes. The nose, roof of the mouth, eyes, and throat begin to itch gradually or abruptly after the onset of the pollen season. Tearing, sneezing, and clear, watery nasal discharge soon follow the itching. Headaches and irritability may also occur.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
Vitamin C Taken for it’s anti-histamine activity, it also helps inflamed mucous membranes to heal. 1000mg 3 times daily.
Vitamin E A powerful antioxidant it helps the immune system, healing and calming inflammatory responses. 800iu daily.
Quercetin Quercetin is useful as an anti-inflammatory and a powerful anti-oxidant. 400mg to 500mg up to 3 times a day
Nettle Nettle reduces inflammatory prostaglandins which can influence allergic processes. Nettle is also a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin, which is known to inhibit the release of histamine. 500mg 3 times daily
Elderflower Elderflower has similar compounds to Quercetin and can help reduce inflammation. 500mg 3 times daily

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

People with inhalant allergies are likely to also have food allergies. Discovering and eliminating offending food allergens, is also likely to improve overall health. The most reliable food intolerance tests involve taking a pin prick blood sample which is tested for the presence of IgG antibodies. If you think you may have a food intolerance you can buy a DIY test kit to test yourself at home. Visit Food Detective for details.

Reduce sugar intake as it impairs immune function.

Avoid mucous forming foods such as dairy products, chocolate, eggs, refined carbohydrates.

Locally produced honey can relieve the symptoms of pollen allergy.

Include oily fish in your diet, 3 to 4 times a week, for their anti-inflammatory effects.

Eat plenty of onions and apples as they contain quercetin, which acts as an anti-histamine.

Drink 2 litres of fluid daily, especially green tea as it contains quercetin and bioflavanoids which are anti-inflammatory.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

Allium cepa

Arsenicum album


Ferrum phosphoricum


Natrum muriaticum

Suggested further reading:

  • Hayfever explained
  • Hayfever advice


6 Responses to Hay fever

  1. Doyle Hoard says:

    So what is really a gluten-free diet? It’s one in which you eat no food containing wheat, oats, barley or rye in any form whatsoever. It can be difficult, but once you start finding alternatives to grains, you will begin feeling better quickly. It’s important to locate other tasty foods to be able to maintain yourself away from those that will make you sick.It’s important to note that in case you have been diagnosed with a gluten allergy, it’s really likely you also are sensitive to dairy products. Milk or dairy allergies are sensitivities to proteins discovered in cows’ milk. Most cows eat a great deal of grain and perhaps a link might be inferred.

    • Lois says:

      I agree with your comments, I find in doing intolerance testing that if wheat/gluten shows up then invariably dairy shows up too. I know from personal experience that I feel better without both of them, although usually oats are well tolerated.

  2. It appears much more and more men and women are suffering from allergies these days. Hay fever is on the rise and doctors are saying a lot more allergy sufferers are seeking medical help since their allergies have increased in intensity over the last few years.

    • Lois says:

      Yes, I agree that it’s a real problem which I think is a result of our compromised immune systems. I have a number of people who find Zambroza very useful to help build immunity as it’s a fantastic anti-oxidant.

  3. If you have taken penicillin and experienced any of the symptoms mentioned, contact your doctor immediately. The most severe symptom, anaphylactic reaction, will present itself just about right away. The a lot more minor rashes and swelling could take several hours to appear. Treatments for the symptoms are readily obtainable; however a cure for the allergy does not yet exist.

  4. Though it’s a natural anti-inflammatory chemical which has helped many people, it is also feasible to develop an allergic reaction to salicylates which you may possibly not even know you have. This can lead to skin irritation and allergy symptoms if you use any products with it as an ingredient.The active ingredient in aspirin is salicylates, but this natural substance is also discovered in a lot of foods, skin products and cosmetics. In today’s world, we are exposed to significantly higher levels of salicylates than ever just before.

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