Blog Entry 16/04/2019
Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen, and most commonly to grass pollen. These tiny grains bring misery to sufferers through spring and summer and pollen levels are often included as part of weather reports to help sufferers prepare.
Worldwide there are over 10,000 species of grass and most of these species are able to cause hay fever symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes, among others.
The different species release their pollen sequentially so that, for a sufferer, hay fever season, also called seasonal allergic rhinitis, can last for the whole three months that grasses are flowering.
Here there are 6 easy tips to help you understand and get rid of hay fever naturally:
1. Check the pollen forecast regularly
It is important to keep in mind that the pollen season separates into three main sections:
Tree pollen - late March to mid-May.
Grass pollen - mid-May to July.
Weed pollen - end of June to September
Measurements of daily pollen counts are freely available. You can log on to the met office www.metoffice.gov.uk to see how bad pollen’s going to be, or use free apps, like www.benadryl.co.uk from Benadryl.
2. Knowing the triggers
- Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds
- Indoor allergens, such as pet hair or dander, dust mites and mould
- Irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel exhaust
- The right antihistamine can help
- Nasal Sprays for a blocked nose
- Protect your eyes
- Take a test
- Keep a hay fever diary
4. Eat a spicy meal
• If you are suffering from a stuffy, blocked nose due to hay fever, a hot curry could really help. Spices such as turmeric, are natural- inflammatory that will help relieve your symptoms. Spicy chilli peppers can help you widen your airways and make it easier to breathe.
5. Chose foods containing Quercetin
• Quercetin is a plant flavanol, that according to studies can suppress histamine production. It can be found in many fruits, like berries and apples, vegetables, leaves and grains that are common foods containing appreciable content of quercetin.
• Foods rich in beta carotene (carrots, spinach, any yellow fruit) and omega 3 (oily fish) are also two more ways to smooth your blocked nose and painful sinuses.
6. Avoid food that produces histamine
Histamine is the chemical your body produces in response to infection. It causes swelling that protects your body, but in hay fever sufferers, it’s released when it’s not needed.
Some products include in this category includes pickles, cured and smoked meat and fish, cheese, nuts and alcohol.
Some fruits encourage your body to release histamine and make your hay fever worse, so if your mouth feels tingly when you eat a certain fruit, this might explain why.