Is Hayfever Getting up your Nose?

Is Hayfever Getting up your Nose?

What?

Rhume des foins, ou la rhinite allergique saisonnière, is an allergic reaction to pollen.

Lorsque le pollen dans le corps passe au-dessus d'un certain niveau - vous pourriez l'appeler votre niveau de sensibilité - votre corps va commencer à produire des histamines supplémentaires. Histamines can produce all sorts of reactions in people: Sneezing, nez qui coule, sore eyes, picotement des yeux, itchy throat, itchy ears, itchy roof of the mouth – the list goes on.

When?
The vast majority of people who get hayfever are affected during the months of May and June because they are allergic to grass pollen and these months are when Grass pollen is around. Cependant, there are many different pollens which come out at all times of the year; tree pollen starts in February and there is some sort of pollen around every month of the year.

Who
It depends what research you read, but it is generally accepted that 15 - 20% of the population suffer from hayfever, and that this percentage increase to as much as 35-40% Ă  15-25 year olds. So as you get older, your hayfever might become less severe and more bearable.

But there appear to be no rules, different people react differently to different things and some weird things happen. A woman told me last year that she had never had hayfever in her life until she became pregnant with her first baby. She then suffered dreadfully every summer until she had her third baby when the hayfever stopped just as suddenly as it had started. Les gens disent que le pollen est moins abondante quand il pleut mais je l'ai eu quelques jours terribles quand il pleut et a été affecté dans la même semaine, quand le soleil est sorti - et je l'ai eu des gens me dire qu'ils ont eu des expériences similaires. 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. Ceux-ci font exactement ce qu'il dit sur l'étain et ils 'bosh' les histamines. Ainsi, lorsque les antihistaminiques sont '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. Cependant, 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. Mais, she said, "Si cela était ma fille, Je lui donnerais les stéroïdes. "Nous avons fait et à quelques minutes de la drogue étant administrée notre fille se leva et se dirigea vers l'hôpital. Elle n'a pas été en mesure de se déplacer pour 3 journĂ©es! 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. NĂ©anmoins, understandably because of the many possible unpleasant side effects, lots of people are uncomfortable about using them.

There are also various sensitising injections that can be tried which work for many people. You should consult your GP who will be able to help you decide which of these will be best for you if you wish to go down this route.

Stop Hayfever WITHOUT the drugs!
But there is another way. Instead of looking for a hayfever treatment, why not prevent it? By accident, I came across something which I developed into HayMaxTM, a drug-free and organic pollen barrier balm. When you apply a small amount to the bottom of the nose, some of the pollen which would have gone up your nose, sticks to the HayMaxTM instead. So less pollen goes inside. Si vous avez moins de pollen dans votre corps afin que vous ne parviennent pas au point où votre corps réagit à lui (your sensitivity level), vous ne devez pas prendre des médicaments pour corriger la réaction. Vous avez arrêté ce qui se passe en premier lieu. Bien que les gens se réfèrent souvent à HayMaxTM comme traitement de hayfever naturel ou un hayfever naturel y remédier est pas. Il est juste une prévention très simple.

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:

Rhume des foins: General Tips
• Les niveaux de pollen sont à leur plus haut le matin et le soir - afin d'éviter le jardinageoroutdoor activities at these times. Apparently, pollen counts tend to reach a peak between 9 a.m. et 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.
• Essayez de ne pas laisser le lavage sur la ligne tôt le matin ou le soir que le pollen recueillera sur elle.
• Modification des vêtements et la douche quand vous venez au cours de ces périodes de pointe de pollen peut aider à réduire la quantité de pollen autour de vous.
• Appliquez un baume pollen barrière (HayMax™) to the base of your nose to trap pollen before it enters your body.
• Porter des lunettes de soleil – 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, aussi, 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.
• Utilisez un purificateur d'air dans votre chambre pendant les mois d'été, this is claimed to give relief from hayfever symptoms at night.

Rhume des foins: Gardening Tips
• Choisissez des variétés de plantes femelles pour votre jardin - que les variétés mâles sont généralement les créateurs de pollen. Très souvent sans pépins ou infructueuses variétés seront des hommes - afin d'éviter ceux-ci devraient aider. Less pollen in your garden should mean less hayfever!
• Planter des fleurs doubles dans votre jardin - tels que doubles chrysanthème à tête - qui ont souvent des pétales au lieu de pièces de pollen. And keep a check on weeds! They often turn into great pollen producers!
• Évitez les produits chimiques et pesticides - il a été affirmé que l'exposition à ceux-ci peuvent déclencher des réactions allergiques chez les personnes qui avaient auparavant pas d'allergies.
• Choisissez des plantes résistantes aux maladies pour votre jardin - comme avec les maladies viennent toutes sortes de spores et les allergènes qui peuvent rendre votre vie une misère. And some people advise growing plants and trees native to the area, as they are more likely to grow well and be less diseased. Si une plante ne cherche pas en bonne santé, it may be best to remove it. Donc, un jardin sain pourrait entraîner une meilleure santé - avec moins hayfever à se soucier de!

Rhume des foins: Diet Tips
• Commencez à préparer pour la saison de rhume des foins un mois ou deux à l'avance.
• Gardez votre régime alimentaire varié, full of essential fatty acids (such as from nuts and seeds) and vitamin C, to help reduce inflammation during the summer months.
• Manger des oignons rouges et pommes régulièrement, as they are both high in quercetin, a natural anti-histamine.
• Prendre une cuillère à café de miel local dissous dans l'eau chaude tous les jours pendant un mois avant la saison de rhume des foins, to desensitise your system against local pollen. (Peut-être une astuce utile aussi longtemps que vous ne sortez pas de votre région).