Hay Fever natural remedy, probiotics
January 20 2017 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Known medically as seasonal allergic rhinitis, hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses or weeds that leads to sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. Allergy shots are recommended for people whose hay fever can't be treated effectively by medicine. They consist of extracts of the allergy causing substance (allergen) via injections under the skin. The amount of the allergen is gradually increased until a maximum dose is reached, which is followed by maintenance shots for as long as several years. Hayfever sufferers seem to be highly sensitive not only to typical seasonal allergy triggers like grass and tree pollens, but also to things like cold air, perfumes, cigarette smoke, household cleaning products, and even exercise. People with hayfever or seasonal allergic rhinitis are more likely than those without seasonal allergies to react when exposed to these non-allergic triggers.

Probiotics, friendly gut bacteria
The so-called "friendly bacteria" known as probiotics may help take some of the misery out of hay fever, or seasonal allergies, according to Turner, J. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, May 2015. Allergy UK.

Ginger herb
J Nutr Biochem. 2015. Prevention of allergic rhinitis by ginger and the molecular basis of immunosuppression by 6-gingerol through T cell inactivation. The incidence of allergies has recently been increasing worldwide. Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated hypersensitivity is central to the pathogenesis of asthma, hay fever and other allergic diseases. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and its extracts have been valued for their medical properties including antinausea, antiinflammation, antipyresis and analgesia properties. In this study, we investigated the antiallergic effects of ginger and 6-gingerol, a major compound of ginger, using a mouse allergy model and primary/cell line culture system. Our results demonstrate that 6-gingerol suppresses cytokine production for T cell activation and proliferation, thereby not causing B cell and mast cell activation and resulting in prevention or alleviation of allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Hay fever symptoms
Hay fever causes allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and ears, runny nose, cough and sneezing. Some people may have dark circles under their eyes. The American Lung Association offers these suggestions on how to deal with these complaints:

Reducing hay fever symptoms - practical steps
When pollen counts are high, keep windows closed. During the warm days of summer, run the air conditioning to limit the allergens coming into your home.
Use an air purifying device in the home.
If you have to work outdoors, wear a dust mask to avoid breathing in allergens.
Antihistamines or decongestants may help relieve symptoms.
Inhaled steroids or allergy shots may also reduce symptoms, but must be prescribed by a doctor.
Avoid using nasal sprays, as they can dry the nasal passages and eventually make allergy symptoms worse.

Hay fever and children
Regular physical activity might offer children some protection from the sniffs and sneezes of hay fever. German researchers found that among the 1,700 children they followed for up to 12 years, those who were inactive at the study's start were 50 percent more likely to develop hay fever, compared with their regularly active peers. Allergy, 2006.
Children who go to swimming pools on a regular basis may be at risk for developing hay fever in adulthood. Dr. Y. Kohlhammer, from the GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg, and colleagues speculate that the chlorination by-products at swimming pools may damage the lining of the lungs, allowing closer contact to allergens and increasing the risk of hay fever.

Hay Fever shots
Allergy shots are an effective way to relieve symptoms. The injections must be performed in a physician's presence and by personnel experienced in recognizing and treating severe allergic reactions.

Hay fever ( pollen allergy ) is one of the most common kinds of allergies. About 35 million Americans suffer from hay fever. Pollen is made by trees, grasses and weeds. During the spring, summer and fall, some plants release pollen into the air. Hay fever symptoms might be different at different times of the year. It depends on the kinds of plants that grow where you live and what allergies you have. Symptoms include: Sneezing, Runny or clogged nose, Coughing, Itchy eyes, nose, and throat, Watery eyes, Red, swollen eyes. You are more likely to have hay fever if your parents have it.
Your doctor can help you decide what to do, which may include avoiding the things that cause your symptoms, using medicines, or getting allergy shots. If you have some of the above symptoms and also have fever, it may not necessarily be hay fever but an infection. Hay fever would not lead to fever.

Medical treatment
The disease's clinical features impose well tolerated drugs usable for long-term treatment. Nowadays, second-generation antihistamines and inhaled steroids represent the milestone of rhinitis therapy.