Summer is here and so for some, the dreaded Hay Fever
As the temperature rises, more and more people all over the world are dreading this beautiful season. Hay fever is a real mood killer when it comes to those warm BBQ nights.
If you're not a sufferer, you probably don't really know what the fuss is all about.
So what exactly is Hay Fever? "Pollen is the name given to the fine powder that is produced by plants, trees and flowers to fertilise other plants, trees or flowers of the same species"Patient Info ". "Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed"NHS UK.
Grass pollen is the most common cause of Hay Fever from spring to early summer however many people are also affected by tree and weed pollen at different times of the year. Alas for the unlucky ones, Hay Fever can be a problem almost all year round, and it can be very uncomfortable and debilitating.It is your body's self defence against the enemy. It's a shame that sometimes our good old body gets confused and mistakes something really harmless for a deadly threat, and starts the whole military operation.
What are the symptoms and why do they occur?
Hay Fever is often mistaken for a cold because the symptoms are very similar, that of having a runny, stuffy and blocked nose, sneezing, itching, and sore eyes. Symptoms occur, because for some, their immune system reacts to the pollen and the cells on the lining of the nose and eyes release histamine when they come into contact with the pollen. It's this histamine that causes inflammation of the nose and the onslaught of the Hay Fever, also known as allergic rhinitis.
For some, Hay Fever can be an extremely debilitating or serious condition, one which can affect your ability to carry out routine day to day tasks. I was an unlucky kid stuck with this condition since I was about 2 years old. I can remember often lying on the park bench with razor-sharp pain in my eyes, swollen and blood shot, struggling to breath, sneezing so much that my tummy hurt. I was in tearful agony. I kind of thought that's the way the life is from the spring time on, I never left the house without my antihistamines, which I have to say, make you really drowsy and tired.
What can we use to treat Hay Fever?
There are conventional remedies such as the ones listed below:
· Antihistamine tablets are used to reduce histamine production
· Nasal sprays are used to reduce the inflammation
· Saline (Salt Water) to wash the pollen out from the nostrils
· Antihistamine eye drops ease eye flare-ups
Steroid treatment is usually recommended for short
term use in more severe cases i.e. when sitting exams
· … immunotherapy injections are used to desensitise the sufferer to the pollen and reduce the severity of the symptoms
Unfortunately some treatments come with unwanted side effects, such as feeling drowsy and tired as I mentioned before. Others like the injections, where I witnessed my dad go through the procedure and have his ''season'' extended from a few months to about twice as long. I quickly rejected this idea as an option myself
Fortunately, Alternative, Natural and Healthier Remedies for Hay Fever are also available if you know where to find them. I met someone who looked at my teary swollen face and said he felt my pain, as he used to suffer from hay fever for decades. ''Used to'' is a funny term to be used with allergies, as once you get them, you have them for life. He shared his secret, and I said I would give it a try. What is there to lose anyway, Right? He recommended I try… and 'try' being the operative word, the Aloe Berry Nectar with the Bee Pollen for an enjoyable sneeze-free life.
So try I did ! My life has been transformed in the last few years. I am proud to say this is my second summer of the new life, and people close to me are turning to this method now, as it is so much healthier, and actually gives you loads of energy in comparison to the old drowsy stuff.
How it works is a mystery because it’s a closely guarded secret but the
famous Aloe Vera plant is used in the treatment of many ailments.
The Berry Nectar is a pure stabilised active Aloe Vera gel, reinforced with apple and cranberry extracts which offers a great amount of vitamin C, essential for people suffering from all kinds of respiratory challenges. Sweetened with natural fruit sugar, it's just right for both adults and children alike.
The Bee Pollen is literally the 'vaccination' without the needle and the side effects. It's called the Bee Pollen because when the bees gather the pollen and bring it back to hives, the Forever team who make this wonderful product, collect the bee pollen in specially designed steel collectors to turn it into this all natural, preservative free and readily digestible substance which slowly builds up inside your body and triggers a reaction to desensitize you against the allergens attacking it, and boost your energy.
· Drink the Aloe Berry Nectar(about 50-60 ml) every morning, on an empty stomach, before you have your lemon water, tea or coffee, and breakfast, and then you're ready to get on with your day
· With the Bee pollen though, you need to go slow from the beginning. Remember, it's the stuff that your body is scared of. Have a 1/4 of a pill one day, 12 hours later have a 1/3, see how you go. If you get the sneezes or throat itch, you've over done it a bit, go back to a smaller dose. You should slowly build up to tolerate 2 pills at a time, then you can have a choice of taking one or two when you feel your eyes itching or you kind of know you're about to get the sneezes.
All in all, these two work in a great synergy. The Aloe boosts your immunity, increasing the absorption of everything you take in, and the pollen helps your body accept the foreign substances that were causing havoc before.
I've included the links above to the web store if you want to 'try' these products yourself –Health Forums and websites recommend you start treatment at least 2 weeks before the pollen season starts to bite, but it's never too late to start as Hay Fever is not a nice thing to have, believe me, I used to live with it, but not any more !!
Meanwhile, there are other things you can do to help you reduce the symptoms, while you're building up your body's immunity to the pollen:
Check the pollen forecast on the news and
weather channels. Stay indoors on high pollen days whenever possible
Drink plenty of water. Water dilutes the histamine in your body
Shower often on high pollen days to keep your
hair clean of all the pollen particles, and keep your hair tied back to prevent
it flying into your face and making things worse
Avoid flowers or mowing the lawns
Wraparound sunglasses are also highly
recommended by health forums
Change outdoor clothes and avoid drying clothes
· Keep car windows closed when driving
I love hearing good news :-)
If you don't try it, you'll never know what difference these could make to your life!