Reducing allergy symptoms is the goal of treatment, and the best way to do this is to avoid exposure to allergens. Complete avoidance of environmental allergens may be impossible, but exposure may be minimized in many cases.
In conventional treatment, drug therapies (such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroid sprays) are used to control mild to moderate symptoms. Medication is recommended based on the type of allergic rhinitis. Perennial allergic rhinitis may require daily medication, and if you have seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), you may be advised to start medication a few weeks before the pollen season.
How Homoeopathy Works
Homoeopathic treatment of allergic rhinitis offers a better promise. Many such allergies can be treated permanently, though it may take more than couple of seasons before it is completely wiped out.
Homoeopathy remedies of allergic rhinitis have been well documentated in scientific research. A study by Taylor etc , published in the British Medical Journal in 2000 showed statistically significant improvement in objectively measured nasal air flow for patients treated with homoeopathy.
Allergic rhinitis involves over-responsiveness of the immune system, and is therefore not limited to a local problem with the nose, but a system issue. Homoeopathic treatment of allergies is best carried out by an experienced doctor who is also academically sound.
As with any other medical condition, homoeopathy medicines are not used to treat diseases but to treat patients; any successful, long term, treatment will likely require a complete medical history, evaluation and determination of the particular “constitutional” medicine, suited for the patient, and provided by a doctor specialized in homoeopathic treatment and cure.
The objective of taking treatment is to provide comfort. Homoeopathy provides it without any side effects. This approach is a natural way to help the body by supporting the body’s own process of healing.
It involves the use of extremely diluted substances to heal the body through the release of vital energy. The rule in homoeopathy is “like treats like”. Thus it helps the patients to live in their circumstances and environment.
There are 176 homoeopathic medicines which give great relief in allergic rhinitis or hay fever. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus medicines are designer made unlike allopathic in which all patients receive the same anti allergic medicines, antibiotics, steroids and so on although trade name may be different.
What is Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever and its Causes
Do you find yourself having a runny itchy nose, watery eyes and severe sneezing episodes? If so, you may be suffering from allergic rhinitis or hay fever and also you are among the estimated 25% of the Indians affected by one or the other form of allergies. Pollens seem to be the main cause. The other main causative factor in this region is the paddy threshing dust. In rural areas this is very common trigger.
Commonly called hay fever, pollen allergies are among the most common chronic conditions. The most common producers of allergic pollen include weeds, grasses and trees. These dry pollens are disseminated by the wind and trigger allergic symptoms. Common symptoms include sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, and itchiness in the nose, roof of mouth, throat, eyes and ears.
Allergic rhinitis has another type too. The perennial type occurs all throughout the year and is not affected by the time of the year. Dust mites, animal dander and mold spores are usually the main causes. Early morning sneezing attacks are quite typical of dust mite allergies.
An allergy refers to an abnormal reaction to certain substances called allergens. Just as the country’s defense forces are trained to identify the enemy and attack it, our immune system identifies the body’s enemies like bacteria, viruses and so on and eliminates them. The country’s forces never attack our civilians; similarly, our immune system ignores useful substances like food and drugs and useless or harmless substances like pollen grains, dust and animal dander. However, if the immune system goes awry and reacts to such useful or harmless substances, then the person is said to have developed an allergy. Such substances, called allergens, may be inhaled, swallowed or may come into contact with skin.
Signs and Symptoms
Your family and personal history of allergy is important in diagnosing allergic rhinitis. Questions you may be asked include the following: Do symptoms vary according to time of day or the season? Do you have a pet or are you exposed to one? Have you made changes to your diet? Are you taking any medications?
Allergy testing may reveal specific allergen(s). Skin testing is the most common method of allergy testing.
A radio all ergo sorbent test, or RAST, is usually used to check your blood for elevated levels of the antibodies produced by your immune system to guard against specific allergens.
In children, observing behavior is helpful in diagnosis. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis may cause a child to wiggle the nose and push the nose upward with the palm of the hand to clear obstruction.
Home Remedies and Prevention
Make your own decongestant by boiling grapefruit, orange, or lemon peels, including the pith, in water mixed with honey until the peels are spongy, stirring occasionally.
Be careful not overcook – you do not want candied fruit. Eat one piece when symptoms start and one piece each evening at bedtime during hay fever season.
Substances in the peel and white rind act as anti-inflammatory agents and will dry mucous membranes.
Lemon is considered a stimulant expectorant that may help release mucus from your lungs.