What makes spring so beautiful for many people leads to misery for those who suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms. Fresh cut grass, blooming trees and flowers, and weeds release pollen, causing seasonal allergic rhinitis, or call it Pollen Allergy or ‘Hay Fever’ in an estimated 40 million to 60 million people each year.
‘Seasonal’ because the allergic condition gets aggravated during spring, summer and fall season, when plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. These tiny pollens make millions of people across the world go crazy with the following symptoms –
Pollens are made up of tiny particles which are released by plants and trees as part of their reproductive cycle. It is an extremely fine powder and is spread by insects and the wind. They can cause significant irritation and inflammation in people who are allergic to it. And it's not only humans that can suffer the dreaded pollen allergy - your pets can be affected by it too.
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Depending on the time of year, the type of pollen in the air will be different. There are around 30 different types of pollen that cause hay fever and it is possible to be allergic to more than one type. Most people are allergic to grass pollen, which is common in late spring and early summer. Tree pollen tends to be released during spring and affects around 25 percent of people. Weed pollen can be released at any time from the early spring to the late autumn.
Hay fever symptoms usually appear when the pollen count, which is a measure of the number of grains of pollen in one cubic metre of air, exceeds 50. The weather conditions affect how much pollen is released and spread around. On humid and windy days, pollen spreads easily but on rainy days, pollen can be cleared from the air. On sunny days, the pollen count is highest in the early evening and that's when you are most likely to suffer from hay fever symptoms.
Many people keep a check on the weather forecast to track the pollen count in air – but it is not of much use! Different plants release pollen at different times of the day, making it difficult to avoid pollens by staying indoors. If someone has locked herself/himself indoors, air conditioners and pets keep them in touch with the pollens.
Every year, people suffering from pollen allergies face these types of situations and try to find out different ways to fight back the tiny entities! People spend a lot of money on over-the-counter medications, treatments and allergy shots to get rid of this allergic condition, but nothing helps them great to get a permanent relief. OTC medications might help you in suppressing the symptoms for a while, but doesn’t treat the disease from the root cause. Homeopathy is the best bet to fight allergies and get permanent relief from the symptoms. Homeopathic medicines for allergic rhinitis offer a mode of therapy that is individualized to a patient. Individualization is important in treating seasonal allergies because each and every person experiences different symptoms – example, nasal discharge may be bland, burning or itching. There may be unbearable itching in the palate, ears, throat, eyes or a combination of any of these. A homeopath suggests a medicine only after studying the entire symptom-picture of the patient.
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Secondly, it is not necessary to take homeopathy medicine for allergic rhinitis round-the-year. Often, a short course at the beginning of the hay fever season or a few doses of a homeopathic medicine for allergic rhinitis may give relief for weeks or even months at a time.
Gradually, homeopathic medicines for allergic rhinitis also helps to calm down your overactive immune system, so that the body does not set off a ‘battle of attrition’ after exposure to the substance, which is ‘pollen’ in this case, that may, otherwise, be harmless to other people.
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