Spring is just around the corner and with days lengthening rapidly and temperatures promised to increase, it’s a great time of the year for most of us. However, growing numbers of allergy patients however, don’t look forward to spring at all. For those with individuals with allergies, the increase in pollens and flower scents in the wind only add to their misery: Symptoms like runny noses, itchy roof of the mouth and weeping, red, bloodshot eyes, tell us the sadder side of spring. If you are one of those who suffer during spring then now is the time to act, before spring symptoms start in earnest. Our naturopaths experience is that allergy is best treated early, so book an appointment with our naturopaths Emily or Ebony today, before the full hayfever season hits in earnest.
An inflammatory response is responsible for common hay fever symptoms including:
- Itchy eyes and nose,
- Nasal congestion,
- Watery eyes,
- Dark circles of puffy eyes,
- Itchy throat or ears,
- Ear congestion,
- Postnasal drip,
- Wheezing or coughing and
- Hives or itchy skin
Treatments for Hay Fever
Our treatment includes products like Flavoblend, a powder containing Bromelain, an ingredient from pineapple, that breaks down allergenic substances in the stomach to prevent these substances causing allergies, Flavoblend also contains Vitamin C which stablilizes mast cells, a major cause of allergy. Fusion allergy is also helpful, it’s a 400 year old Chinese remedy for allergies.
Conventional treatments for hay fever include cortisone nasal sprays and antihistamine medications (which block the effects of histamine), these treatments simply suppress your immune response and your symptoms will return once you stop taking the medication.
An approach which aims to address the underlying cause of immune system hyperactivity, and builds immune tolerance, is most effective for managing hay fever and ensuring long term relief from symptoms.
Immune tolerance can be improved by supporting the functioning of the immune system and boosting your body’s production of immune cells (called T regulatory cells). Research indicates there is a connection between the gut microbiome and immune reactivity, therefore treatment which addresses gut health is also important. Stress also plays a key role in immune system health. Findings ways to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins and manage stress is crucial for building immune tolerance.
What can I do?
Our top tips for managing hay fever naturally:
- Once you have Hay fever symptoms ensure you are COVID-19 tested , if you have no further symptoms during the season no need to be retested. However if symptoms increase or change ensure you are retested.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, wild-caught fish and organic, free-range meat, and gluten-free grains (e.g. quinoa, buckwheat, millet).
- Avoid histamine foods such as tomato, pickled foods (e.g. kimchi, sauerkraut), and fruits high in histamines such as papaya, kiwi fruit, grapes and plums.
- Consume immune-building and gut repairing medicinal mushrooms such as reishi and shiitake, and medicinal herbs such as baical skullcap and perilla.
- Find useful ways to manage stress (e.g. exercise, walks in nature, listening to music, breathing techniques, or mindfulness meditation).
- Download ‘Melbourne Pollen Count’ app to help monitor days where your symptoms may be worse than others due to high amounts of pollen in the air.
How we can help
If you’d like a customised, holistic treatment plan to help improve your immune tolerance and manage hay fever naturally, call 0353827766 and book a consultation with our Naturopaths.
Our naturopaths are amongst the best in their field. They use cutting edge research, technology and testing to guide there patients to improved health. To ensure the best results, our approach is personalised and integrates diet, lifestyle and nutritional advice. For more information on personalising a treatment plan to treat your hay fever contact us today.