Pollen allergies are also known as hay fever, pollinosis or allergic rhinitis.
Pollen allergies are an exaggerated response of the body to a substance or allergen.
Pollen enters through the nose or mouth into the body. Pollen stimulates, in allergic individuals, the production of antibodies, histamine, and other pro-inflammatory substances that produce mucus.
All of the above process produces an “allergic reaction” inflaming the nasal mucosa and causing the triggering of symptoms that begin with itching in the conjunctiva of the eyes, itchy throat, sneezing, watery rhinorrhoea and nasal obstruction, nasal itching, etc., and even asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, dry cough and tightness and wheezing in the chest.
It can also produce atopic dermatitis (eczema), as a result of skin exposure to the allergens.
These symptoms include itching, redness and scaling of the skin.
The constant nasal obstruction because of persistent rhinitis may be complicated by sinusitis and likewise, is a risk factor for the development of asthma.
Rhinitis and asthma are closely related, so that the treatment of the rhinitis prevents the onset of asthma or stops it from becoming worse and moreover, 78% of people with asthma also have allergic rhinitis. Treatment of rhinitis improves lung function in asthmatic patients.
And this is especially important in immunotherapy or treatment with homeopathy and/or herbal treatment, as treatment with natural or alternative medicine prevents allergic rhinoconjunctivitis in patients (who are only treated with corticosteroids and antihistamines) from developing asthma after five years.
With alternative medicine the symptoms of the allergic response can be alleviated, preventing the development of rhinitis to asthma and increasing the quality of life of the allergic patient.
The most important thing is that people who suffer from these allergies are prepared in advance and do not wait until the symptoms are out of control.
“The worst thing is to wait until the allergy progresses because these treatments do not work as well when symptoms are well advanced, as they do when symptoms are starting”.
Symptoms appear in the months of February, March and April, becoming more intense in May-June. Therefore, preparation of the body can start before the onset of pollination.
Some homeopathic remedies for allergies to pollen
Allium cepa for allergy to pollen
The common onion, a medicine widely used against respiratory allergies.
The first thing that appears is ocular itching with tearing and sneezing attacks followed by a very copious and burning watery rhinorrhoea, that gets worse in a warm room and with heat. It improves outdoors.
Tearing is clear, abundant and corrosive, with irritation and redness of the conjunctiva. Tearing is so intense that the person cannot stop crying.
The tears burn, eyes and cheeks are red. Ocular symptoms are worse outdoors, and with heat and sunlight. Nasal discharge is worse at night when lying down and with airflow.
Nasal discharge during the day and nasal congestion at night, like Nux vomica, although people who need Pulsatilla are very different from Nux vomica.
The Pulsatilla personality is friendly, quiet, gentle, impressionable and emotional; they often seek attention and sympathy. They often have an itchy palate overnight.
People who are particularly irritable and sensitive to the cold, with fluid nasal discharge during the day and congestion at night.
The symptoms tend to worsen in closed spaces and improve outdoors. They get worse with the cold.
They may have sneezing attacks, especially in the morning upon awakening. Symptoms often begin after feeling irritated, tired or injured.
There is watery rhinorrhoea, not abundant but burning, which chafes the upper lip, when the patients are exposed to severe cold, the symptoms subside when they are heated up.
Violent, continuous and incomplete sneezing. Itching, especially in the soft palate and nasal tingling. This worsens with the smell of flowers and the cold.
Remember that homeopathy is a personalised treatment. These remedies mentioned here are some of those that serve us in homeopathy to treat acute symptoms of allergy.
For treatment to be completed should a background treatment for each patient should be added
Foods that should be avoided if you are allergic
Grasses avoid tomato, kiwi, citrus, melon, watermelon, wheat, peach, cherry, plum, almond, cereals
Parietaria avoid blackberry, basil, nettle, melon, cherry
Conifers avoid chicory, chamomile, banana, celery, parsley, carrots, fennel, sunflower oil, honey
Birch avoid apple, pear, peach, almond, strawberry, plum.
Recommendations for pollen allergies
- Do not open windows to ventilate your house, use humidifiers to ventilate.
- In ducting system put the air ducts high up and install filters in the air conditioning system.
- Avoid peak hours of pollination: during the early hours of the morning and evening.
- Avoid hanging clothes outside your home.
- Protect your eyes and wear sunglasses to go outside.
- Avoid sport on days of highest pollination.
- Some foods help fight allergies: apple, carrot, onion, brown rice, spinach and others. Avoid dairy products, bread or pasta.
- Follow proper treatment. Taking natural medicines, homeopathy will relieve allergy symptoms.
- Know pollination rates if you think about going on holiday.