How many people suffer from hay fever?
Hayfever is one of the most common allergies people catch especially in the spring, summer and autumn. According to an estimate there are 40 million people who suffer from the allergy in the USA, 15 million in the UK and around 20 million in Japan. In Australia, 40 percent of the population gets the symptoms each year while the percentage in the UK is 20 percent.
Causes of Hayfever
The hay fever is caused by pollens grains released by plants. These pollen grains can be found in every nook and corner, both inside and outside on any surface. These can readily affect the sufferers. It can run in families and is more common in men than women. Accompanying symptoms of hay fever include:
- Bronchial asthma
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Severe headaches
The symptoms often become worse and take a toll on productivity in the shape of sick leaves, low performance, health costs etc. According to Times, 70% students get lower grade than expected simply because of hay fever.
Gloria Havenhand says that hay fever was unknown to people before the 19th century. It flooded the world during 19th century. She further explains that these days we are too much obsessed with clean houses using chemicals and detergents. It has, overtime, weakened the immune system of children and so loses the ability to fight against the condition naturally.
When the pollen enters our body, the protein coated pollens are deemed as foreign agents and the body mistakes them for attacking bacteria. This confusion causes the body to react in order to defend itself against the “mistaken enemy”. They body releases histamine to cope with the situation which causes runny noses, watery eyes, fever, asthma, sneezing, wheezing and other symptoms.
There is huge industry cashing on hay fever sufferers. The market is full of decongestants, nasal sprays, anti-histamines and ant-allergic medicines. Many sufferers report that these are either ineffective or becomes ineffective after a season. Some users also report side effect like, drowsiness, nausea, lack of concentration.
Drink chamomile tea to relieve the symptoms immediately. Alternatively mix chamomile oil with lemon oil and inhale.
This amazing herb blocks histamines and leukotrienes. It also reduces inflammation.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Add a few drops of the oil into hot water and inhale slowly. Make sure you do not over inhale. It effectively eases congestion.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a glass of water and mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Add some honey to reduce the bitterness. Take two to three times a day.
5. Chew Honeycomb
Chewing honeycomb is a great and tasty way to fight against the allergy. Honeycomb contains bee pollen which fights against hayfever allergies.
Boil some fresh grapefruit and add a tablespoon of raw honey and drink twice a day.
7. Take Bee Pollen
Thousands of people report that they have effectively treated their symptoms by taking bee pollen. Bee pollen can be taken in the form of granules, powder or capsules.
8. Green Tea
Green tea is great for decongesting the hard mucus. Take a cup of green tea three to four times a day without sugar. Adding organic honey is an added benefit.
9. Nettle Tea
A glass of warm nettle tea with honey added in works wonders. Nettle tea is natural anti-histamine and many sufferers swear by it.
10. Honey, Garlic and Black Seed paste
Crush a clove of garlic and mix it with one tablespoon of unfiltered honey and one teaspoon of black seed. Eat every morning before breakfast.
12 Preventative Measures against Hayfever
There are some simple precautions and measure that one can take to protect one self from hay fever.
1. Wash your face and hands frequently
Pollen sticks to the hands, face and strands of hair which are mostly exposed areas of the body. Touch your hair, or wiping away your nose or eyes, can make your hands pollen laden and spread. Wash you face and hands as frequently as possible. A hat or cap on the head is also an added advantage.
2. Invest in a Washer Dryer
Drying clothes outside is an invitation to pollens. They readily stick to wet surfaces of fabrics. It is wiser to dry your clothes in a dryer rather than drying them outside in the open air.
3. Keep the doors and windows closed
Pollen is transmitted through air and can easily enter houses and apartments with open doors and windows. Keep the doors and windows shut during the peak season to reduce the chances of pollen contamination.
4. Keep your grass short
Some people advise against keeping lawns and making your garden of bricks and stones. This is however counter-productive. Pollen floats freely in air. It can settle
in the grass and percolates itself in the lawn. This avoids free floating and sticking to clothes, nostrils and eyes. Grow your lawn but keep the grass short.
5. Avoid playing on grassy pitches
Grassy pitches are the den of pollens. Playing on such pitches makes the pollen float in the air and may stick to your nose and eyes. Wearing wraparound sunglasses to avoid contact with pollens
6. Smearing Vaseline
It is a great tip to prevent pollens entering your body. Smear Vaseline at the entrance to nostrils. The pollen will stick to Vaseline preventing from entering the body and triggering the symptoms.
7. Pollen Filters Cars
Car air conditioners attract pollen and can spread them through the air. Buying a car with pollen fitted air conditioning will reduce the problem.
6. Eat Raw Honey
Raw honey is unfiltered and unprocessed and contains bee pollen. Processed or filtered honey does not contain bee pollen and is ineffective against hay fever and allergies. Go for raw and organic honey.
7. Pollen capsules
These are great and very effective. Many people report that pollen capsules work great for them.
8. Wear wrap around Sunglasses
Wraparound sunglasses not only protect against sunlight, but are also a good means of preventing the pollen affecting the eyes. Make sure you wear them before stepping outside.
9. Avoid Fresh Flowers Indoor
Flowers may have millions of pollen on them. Best is avoiding them indoors to reduce the chances of catching hayfever.
10. Use HEPA Vacuum
HEPA vacuum cleaners are fitted with high efficiency particle arresting filters. Regularly vacuum using HEPA fitted machines.
11. Say No to Pets
Pets like cats, dogs etc. bring a lot of pollen inside the house. If you are a regular hay fever sufferer, substitute your pet for other interesting things. If you absolutely cannot live without a pet, keep it outdoor.
12. Say yes to Damp Dusting
Dusting with a dry cloth causes the pollen to spread around. Instead use a damp cloth which collects the dust and pollen without being spread.