Hayfever, o rinitis alĂ©rgica estacional, es una reacciĂłn alĂ©rgica al polen.
When the pollen in the body goes over a certain level – you could call it your sensitivity level – your body will start to produce extra histamines. Las histaminas pueden producir todo tipo de reacciones en las personas: Estornudos, nariz que moquea, dolor en los ojos, picazĂłn en los ojos, picazĂłn en la garganta, picazĂłn en los oĂdos, techo picazĂłn de la boca – y la lista sigue.
La gran mayorĂa de las personas que contraen la fiebre del heno se ven afectados durante los meses de mayo y junio debido a que son alĂ©rgicos al polen de hierba y estos meses son cuando el polen de hierba es de alrededor de. Sin embargo, hay muchos pĂłlenes diferentes que salen en todas las Ă©pocas del aĂ±o; polen de los Ăˇrboles comienza en febrero y hay algĂşn tipo de polen en cada mes del aĂ±o.
Depende de lo que la investigaciĂłn se lee, pero en general se acepta que 15 - 20% de la poblaciĂłn sufre de fiebre del heno, y que este porcentaje de aumento a la medida de lo 35-40% en 15-25 aĂ±os. AsĂ que a medida que envejece, la fiebre del heno puede ser menos severa y mĂˇs llevadera.
Pero no parece que existan normas, diferentes personas reaccionan de manera diferente a diferentes cosas y algunas cosas extraĂ±as suceden. Una mujer me dijo el aĂ±o pasado que ella nunca habĂa tenido fiebre del heno en su vida hasta que ella quedĂł embarazada de su primer bebĂ©. Luego sufriĂł terriblemente cada verano hasta que tuvo su tercer hijo cuando la fiebre del heno se detuvo tan repentinamente como habĂa comenzado. People say that pollen is less abundant when it is raining but I have had some terrible days when it is raining and been unaffected in the same week when the sun came out – and I have had people telling me they have had similar experiences. So hayfever can affect one person very badly one year while another has virtually no reaction. The following year these roles can be completely reversed. So it can be a pretty difficult thing to pin down. But there are lost of things you can do about it.
Drug based remedies
Since the culprit of hayfever is the histamines which, when produced more abundantly than normal, cause all these horrible reactions, the scientists managed to produce things called anti histamines. These do exactly what it says on the tin and they ‘bosh’ the histamines. So when the histamines are ‘boshed’, the reaction reduces. Which is great except for one thing. Histamines are the things in the brain which contribute to keeping us alert attentive and a wake. So when you bosh them you get drowsy, less attentive and less alert. No wonder that your work might suffer in these circumstances. Sin embargo, modern anti histamines are much better and they have minimised these side effects although it is, of course, very difficult to get rid of them completely.
Then there are steroids. Steroids are like magic. I remember when my daughter at age 3 was diagnosed with arthritis and had got to the stage where she could literally hardly move. She was in a hospital bed and the consultant was telling us she needed steroids. We hated the idea of pumping steroids into such a young child and sought advice form a GP who was also a trained homeopath. She said that she with her homeopathy she would be able to fight the effects of the arthritis over a long period of time. Pero, she said, “if this was my daughter, I would give her the steroids.” We did and within minutes of the drug being administered our daughter got up and walked around the hospital. She hadn’t been able to move for 3 dĂas! The problem is that the side effects can be really awful. But steroids, usually administered as nasal sprays will also (often) be effective. And they are administered in small dose and only for relatively short periods of the year. Nevertheless, es comprensible debido a los muchos efectos secundarios desagradables posibles, una gran cantidad de personas se sienten incĂłmodas acerca de su uso.
TambiĂ©n hay varias inyecciones de sensibilizaciĂłn que se pueden probar que funcionan para muchas personas. Usted debe consultar a su mĂ©dico de cabecera, que serĂˇ capaz de ayudarle a decidir cuĂˇl de ellas serĂˇ la mejor para usted si usted desea ir por este camino.
Deja de fiebre del heno sin las drogas!
pero hay otra manera. En lugar de buscar un tratamiento de la fiebre del heno, Âżpor quĂ© no evitarlo? Por accidente, Me encontrĂ© con algo que he desarrollado en HayMaxTM, un bĂˇlsamo barrera polĂnica orgĂˇnica y libre de drogas. Cuando se aplica una pequeĂ±a cantidad en la parte inferior de la nariz, algunos de polen que se habrĂa ido por la nariz, se pega a la vez HayMaxTM. Por lo menos el polen va por dentro. If you have less pollen in your body so that you don’t reach the point where your body reacts to it (your sensitivity level), you don’t have to take any drugs to correct the reaction. You’ve stopped it happening in the first place. Although people often refer to HayMaxTM as a natural hayfever treatment or a natural hayfever remedy it isn’t. It’s just a very simple prevention.
Of course there are also plenty of natural treatments and remedies available for hayfever and, as I said earlier, we are all different and different things will work for different people. Apples and red onions contain a natural anti-histamine called quercetin and pineapples contain something called bromelain which helps the body absorb the quercetin. So you could eat lots of these. Conveniently though, there are manufacturers who have extracted these elements and made them into tablets which some people find helpful. There is lots of evidence to show that Butterbur, when extracted properly, is also very helpful for hayfever sufferers. And many people have heard of a teaspoon of local honey a day for a month or two before your season starts to sensitise to your local pollen. (Not so good when you leave your local area though).
Then there are the simple practical things you can do to avoid the pollen. Here are few tips to wrap up with:
Fiebre de heno: General Tips
• Pollen levels are at their highest in the mornings and evenings – so avoid gardeningoroutdoor activities at these times. Apparently, pollen counts tend to reach a peak between 9 a.m. y 12 midday. After this they start dropping until around 5 p.m. when they start to rise again to another peak around 7 p.m.
• Try not to leave washing out on the line in early mornings or evenings as pollen will collect on it.
• Changing clothes and showering when you come in during these peak pollen periods can help reduce the amount of pollen around you.
• Apply a pollen barrier balm (Haymana ™) to the base of your nose to trap pollen before it enters your body.
• Wear sunglasses – this helps to stop pollen grains hitting your eyes. One of the worst symptoms of Hay fever is itchy eyes. You can put HayMaxTM around the eyes, demasiado, but be careful not to get it in the eye. The HayMaxTM would probably not hurt your eye but bacteria from your finger might get into your eye and infect it.
• Use an air purifier in your bedroom during the summer months, this is claimed to give relief from hayfever symptoms at night.
Hayfever: Gardening Tips
• Choose female plant varieties for your garden – as male varieties are usually the pollen creators. Very often seedless or fruitless varieties will be male – so avoiding these should help. Less pollen in your garden should mean less hayfever!
• Plant double flowers in your garden – such as double headed chrysanthemums – which often have petals instead of pollen parts. And keep a check on weeds! They often turn into great pollen producers!
• Avoid chemicals and pesticides – it has been claimed that exposure to these can trigger allergic reactions in people who previously had no allergies.
• Choose disease resistant plants for your garden – as along with diseases come all sorts of spores and allergens that can make your life a misery. And some people advise growing plants and trees native to the area, as they are more likely to grow well and be less diseased. If a plant’s not looking healthy, it may be best to remove it. So a healthier garden could result in a healthier you – with less hayfever to worry about!
Hayfever: Diet Tips
• Start preparing for the hayfever season a month or two in advance.
• Keep your diet nutritionally varied, full of essential fatty acids (such as from nuts and seeds) and vitamin C, to help reduce inflammation during the summer months.
• Eat red onions and apples regularly, as they are both high in quercetin, a natural anti-histamine.
• Take a teaspoon of local honey dissolved in warm water every day for one month before the hayfever season, to desensitise your system against local pollen. (Can be a useful tip as long as you don’t go out of your local area).