Hay fever is the common term for seasonal allergies. It is also called allergic rhinitis, which means inflammation inside your nose. Hay fever symptoms mostly affect your nose,eyes, skin, and roof of the mouth.
Types of Allergies-
- Perennial Allergic Rhinitis– Symptoms are present throughout year. Causes -Indoor allergy triggers like pet hair (especially from cats), dust mites, mold, and cockroaches.
- Seasonal Rhinitis– Symptoms will be worse when pollen counts are high during specific seasons.Springtime allergy is the commonest one..You can also develop allergies to other things in the air around you, like smoke, perfume, and car exhaust.
- Asthma or other allergies
- Parents or siblings with allergies
- A home or job where you’re exposed to allergens (allergy triggers) on a regular basis.
Role of Immune system in Hay fever-
The immune system can be divided into innate and adaptive immunity.This is the body’s main mechanism of defense against infection. This immune system is also responsible for pathological allergic reactions to harmless substances. The immune system can easily damage cells. So it is important to limit the response to just those things which are harmful to the body and prevent the immune system attacking harmless substances as in allergic reactions.Both the innate and adaptive immune systems play a role in allergy, which occurs as a result of sensitization to harmless substances in the environmental (e.g. dust and pollen), and hypersensitive reactions upon subsequent exposure to these particles. Allergies such as hay fever results when your immune system attacks a typically harmless substance that you come across in the environment. In case of seasonal hay fever, these include grass,pollen from flowers, trees, and weed pollen as well as outdoor molds.
You can ease your allergy symptoms by avoiding or reducing your exposure to triggers. For Seasonal allergies –
- Grasses shed pollen in late spring and summer.
- Ragweed produces pollen in the fall.
- Indoor allergies might get worse in winter.
- Indoor and outdoor molds, along with pet dander, might trigger symptoms year-round.
- You should stay away from triggers as much as you can. Stay indoors as much as possible during peak pollen counts and windy days.
- Ragweed is highest in the morning. Tree and grass pollen peak in the early evening.
- Close windows and use your air conditioner.
- Wear glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Wear a mask when you work outdoors
For Perennial allergies to indoor animals and pests:
- Use dust mite-proof covers for pillows and mattresses.
- Wash your sheets and blankets often in hot water.
- Keep humidity levels down in your home with dehumidifiers and air conditioning.
- Wash your hands after you touch animals.
- Keep your pet out of your bedroom while you sleep.
- Replace carpets with hardwood, tile, or linoleum flooring.
Hay fever is caused due to the immune response of the body so we need to use treatment which stimulates your immune system to fight against any allergies by building natural immunity. Homoeopathic medicines helps and stimulates our immune system to fight against allergies without having any side effects and complications.
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