Your Health Questions Answered
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Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Tree pollen usually affects people in the spring, grass pollen in June and July, and weed and mould pollens in the autumn. It’s also referred to as seasonal allergic rhinitis and often related to chronic allergic rhinitis that can endure all year round.
Hay fever affects about 1 in 4 people in the UK and is usually worse between late March and September. This is when the weather is more likely to be warmer, windy, humid and when the pollen count is at its highest.
Symptoms can include:
- a runny or blocked nose
- sneezing and coughing
- loss of smell
- feeling tired
- itchy, watery or red eyes
If you’re asthmatic, you might also:
- have a tight feeling in your chest
- wheeze and cough
- be short of breath
First it’s essential to sort out your diet. Without that you are hobbling the horse and asking it to run. So take a look at our blog on the alkaline diet and pay special attention to avoiding gluten, all the nightshades and dairy products.
You can also try:
- Quercetin three times a day with or without food. I recommend Quercetin Formula by
Nature’s Aid because it has additional co-factors that improve its effectiveness. This can work
for many people by significantly reducing symptoms within an hour.
- Vitamin C 100mg three times a day with food (the only side effects with vitamin C are looseness
of the bowel if you take too much. Most people don’t get enough, especially when they are
exposed to some illness or other. If you suffer at all from this, simply reduce the dose. Also
for reduced effects choose a buffered variety or Ester-C).
- Vitamin D3 1000-3000iu per day, especially if you’re not getting much sunlight. The oral
spray seems to work best.
- Zinc 15mg per day minimum, 50mg max, but take the higher doses with small amounts of
copper. Viridian Zinc complex already has a trace of copper added.
- Finally, Nettle. Great fresh in soups, or as a cooked vegetable (a bit like spinach) or as a herb