Achooo! Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common allergic condition that affects about 30% of the population worldwide. Many of the symptoms of a person with a cold are similar to hay fever symptoms. These can include nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, and even tear production in the eyes.
As hay fever is an allergic condition, one of the first steps in hay fever treatment is to identify the allergen that is irritating the person and try to avoid it as much as possible. It is commonly caused by pollen, a protein made by trees and other plants that is spread by the wind and eventually can be inhaled.
Hay fever is also commonly treated through the use of antihistamines, which protect the body’s tissues from the allergic response. Antihistamines help the body to not feel the effects of an allergic reaction, like runny nose or sneezing, but also tend to cause dry mouth or sleepiness. Allergic conditions like hay fever are commonly treated with antihistamines, but there are other natural remedies for allergies.
Vitamin C is sometimes known as a natural antihistamine and has been shown to help control hay fever symptoms. By acting as an antioxidant and combating free radicals, vitamin C can help to have an anti-inflammatory effect in a person who is having a hay fever reaction.
Quercetin, a bioflavonoid works to reduce the release of histamines, which cause an allergic reaction, helping control hay fever. By controlling the release of histamines, Quercetin helps to relieve the immediate cause of hay fever that antihistamines protect the body from.
Carotenoids, pigments that give carrots their characteristic orange color, are antioxidants that have been shown to reduce inflammation in the airways and can also be used as one of many hay fever natural remedies.
So, say goodbye to runny nose, watery eyes and the other symptoms of hay fever with natural products like Vitamin C, Quercetin and antihistamines!
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