Allergic rhinitis is also known as hay fever. An allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction. Allergic rhinitis is an allergic response to specific allergens. Pollen, dust mites, cockroaches, mold and pet dander are common allergens in seasonal allergic rhinitis. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and red, watery and itchy eyes. Symptoms can develop at any time from early spring to early fall, depending on which pollens or molds trigger the allergy.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
- Frequent sneezing and cough
- Red, sore, gritty eyes
- Watery or itchy eyes
- Excessive fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Decreased sense of smell or taste
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
Home Remedies for Hay Fever
Here are six natural home remedies for allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Honey and apple cider vinegar
One of the best natural home remedies for allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Add a teaspoon of honey and 6-8 drops of apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water, and drink early morning.
Nettle tea contains antioxidants and antihistamines. The soothing warmth of the tea can also help to clear your nose.
Garlic and Onion
Both garlic and onion have anti-allergen properties. When summer lands, start cooking with more onion and garlic.
Grapefruit and Lemon
Add some honey to boiled minced grapefruit and lemon. Have this solution
Petroleum jelly to stop irritation in your nose, apply little petroleum jelly or ghee inside your nose. Three times a day.
An antioxidant and antihistamine, chamomile tea contains flavonoids that act as an anti-inflammatory agent. While best taken as a cuppa during the day, chamomile tea can also be used as an eye compress to cool swollen, red eyes.
Or you can boil chamomile in water and inhale fumes from the water.
Do’s for Hay Fever
- Take a shower and wash hair before bed to remove pollen that has built up during the day.
- Try to stay indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high
usually on hot, dry, windy days at midmorning and early evening.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of pure water daily.
Don’ts for Hay Fever
- Avoid going out early in the morning or late in the evening.
- Avoid mowing the lawn or raking leaves, which stirs up pollen and molds.
- Avoid flour, sugar, salt and dairy products for one week.
- Avoid smoking and air pollutants.
- Avoid using nasal spray continuously for three days. It may increase congestion of nose.
When to See a Doctor
See your doctor if:
- There is no improvement after using home remedies for 5-6 days.
- You have another condition that can worsen hay fever symptoms, such as nasal polyps, asthma or frequent sinus infections
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