Summer is in full swing, however, it is an extremely tough period for some since an allergy season is booming. Hay fever is an allergic disease provoked by tiny bat pollen. The particles fall on the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract and cause acute inflammatory condition. Townspeople are more subjected to the disease, although the concentration of pollen in the cities is less than in the countryside. However, the environmental situation – the exhaust gases, air pollution and other factors often cause chronic inflammations of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, which also contributes to the development of hay fever. This disease is characterised by distinct seasons – some plants flowering periods: March – April, May-June and August-September. The classic symptoms of hay fever are as follows:
- Severe itching in the nose, sneezing debilitating (early stages) and watery runny nose (later stages).
- Simultaneously develops eyelid swelling and redness of the eyes; excessive tearing begins, the face becomes puffy.
- Headaches, malaises, fatigue, and even an increase in temperature. Irritability, sharply reduced appetite, disturbed sleep.
- Hay fever may be accompanied by skin rash in the form of urticaria, dermatitis, and may even angioedema.
- In dry, sunny weather, hay fever sufferers feel much worse than in rainy. On colder days, the symptoms may not show up at all.
Fortunately, the symptoms may be levelled due to a range of natural remedies for hayfever and simple complexes of measures:
- Wash the eyes and nose with distilled or tap water regularly.
- Wear sunglasses, thus you reduce the probability of getting pollen on eye conjunctiva.
- Avoid eating foods that have cross-react with pollen; foods containing artificial components, stabilisers, flavour enhancers and flavour, refined products also increase the severity of hay fever.
- Drink at least 7-8 glasses of pure water a day.
- Give acupuncture and physiotherapy courses a try, sessions in the salt chambers with a ‘mountain’ or ‘sea’ air may also be helpful.
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