For some, the advent of spring means the start of long days spent soaking up the sun, but for others, it heralds the onset of itchy eyes, a runny nose and nonstop sneezing. A recent survey by Boots reported that more than nine million Brits suffer with hay fever. This represents a surge of 400% in cases over the past 20 years.
Allergic Rhinitis (generally referred to as hay fever) can come in a number of forms, depending on the variety of pollen your allergies are triggered by. The most common types are grass pollen and tree pollen, which are spread in warm, humid or breezy weather.
However, while the pollen may vary, the symptoms are largely the same and according to NHS Choices, they include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- A runny or blocked nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Impaired sense of smell
- Pain around your temples and forehead
If you suffer with hay fever, it is likely that you are well aware of these issues, but what you may not be sure of is the most appropriate treatment and how to ease these difficult symptoms.
A great range of anti-histamines and nasal sprays are available, but it is always worth discussing the most appropriate options with your doctor.
Anti-histamine operates by subduing the histamine production in your body. Histamine is the chemical that causes the majority of the allergy symptoms we experience.
When your body produces histamine, it attaches to receptors in your nose and throat, causing them to increase in size and begin to discharge fluid. An anti-histamine stops histamines from reaching their target areas, which leads to a reduction in symptoms.
However, anti-histamine tablets and sprays and not suitable for everyone, and some prefer a drug-free alternative.
Here are Our 5 Top Natural Ways to Ease Hay Fever
Protecting your eyes – if possible, with wraparound sunglasses – will help stop the pollen from entering them. As an extra precaution, you can shop for sunglasses with UV protection to defend your eyes against harmful rays.
Trap Pollen Before It Gets In
Smearing Vaseline around your nostrils can help to stop you from inhaling pollen. Spread on Vaseline before going outdoors and carry out regular removal and reapplication.
Chamomile tea is high in antioxidants, acts as a natural anti-histamine and also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can enjoy it as a daily drink, or even cool soaked teabags in the fridge for use as a compress on red and swollen eyes.
Consuming local honey just prior to and during the hay fever season is thought of as an effective hay fever remedy. It is believed that the local bee pollen in the honey acts to make your body less sensitive to other pollens around you. While this has not been definitively proven, raw honey is certainly a delicious and healthy treat.
Aside from these natural remedies, Kinetik’s most highly recommended treatment is the Kinetik Wellbeing Allergy Reliever. This device employs red light therapy to subdue the cells that release histamine in your body. It is 100% drug-free, clinically proven, simple to operate and entirely safe.
The Allergy Reliever is made up of a compact and portable hand-held unit which connects to a dual pronged nasal probe. Simply place the nasal probe inside your nostrils and push the start button. It offers effective results in just 3 minutes and causes no pain or discomfort. You can use the Allergy Reliever up to 4 times per day, with a 5-6 hour gap between uses.
The Kinetik Allergy Reliever is multi-use, meaning its benefits can be enjoyed by the whole family. Simply purchase a separate set of detachable nose probes from the Kinetik online store for each individual user.
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