By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Allergic Rhinitis or hay fever is a common problem causing sneezing, running nose and watery discharge from eyes. Homeopathic medicines for allergic rhiniitis are much more effective in permanently curing this problem. Before we come to the treatment part, let us understand a little bit about allergic rhinitis or hay fever.
Understanding Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever is an allergic disorder causing inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal cavity. This inflammation occurs when one comes in contact with something that one is allergic to. These could be pollens or moulds or dust or smoke or any strong odour. This problem occurs more often in the autumn and spring season as the pollens are widespread at this time.
Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
The common symptoms of allergic rhinitis are sneezing, running nose and watery discharge from the eyes. There is irritation in the nose which causes sneezing to start and then watery discharge from the nose begins. There is discharge from the posterior nares that drains into the throat. This is called post nasal drip. One tends to lose the sense of smell. In chronic cases, the nose stuffs up or gets blocked. One cannot breathe through the nose easily. Such patients are forced to breathe through their mouth and keep their mouth open. Night time is the most difficult for such patients as they find it difficult to sleep. Mouth dries up as they breathe through the mouth instead of the nose. Sometimes, ears also tend to get blocked.
Allergic Rhinitis treatment-Allergic Rhinitis Home Remedies
The conventional treatment of allergic rhinitis is to keep giving anti-allergic medicines or antihistaminics like Cetrizine or Levocitrizine. In fact these anti allergic medicines are used to treat all sorts of allergies, whether nasal or skin. They tend to provide temporary relief. You take an anti histaminic and you are fine for some hours. The sneezing stops and the running nose stops. The itching in the nose and eyes disappears. But the effect lasts only for some hours. Once the effect wears off, the problem returns in full force. I have had patients coming to me who had been taking these anti allergic medicines for years together. These anti histaminics are sleep inducing and often people tend to feel sleepy or dizzy during the daytime, which can be dangerous at times. The easy availability and low cost makes these anti allergic medicines easily accessible. In fact they have become sort of home remedies for allergies and people just keep taking them without even a prescription from a qualified doctor.
Homeopathic treatment of Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Homeopathy is best placed to treat all sorts of allergies or allergic disorders. The reason for this is that it does not try to treat the symptoms of the allergies. Instead, it works to root out the cause of these allergies. The root cause in allergies happens to be a hyperactivity of the immune system. This hyperactive immune system goes into an overdrive when it comes in contact with certain things. These things may be harmless in themselves. But the immune system tends to look at them as offenders and tries to react in a defensive manner. It tries to wash them off by producing excess mucous. The homeopathic medicines repair the immune system and the hyperactivity is corrected. Then the body reacts normally to the same things that used to cause the allergies.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
I have been in Homeopathic practice for the last 2 decades. I have had the most satisfactory results in the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever. In fact, I can say with the greatest confidence that I have had the best results in the treatment of this problem. Although there are many homeopathic medicines that are used for the treatment of allergic rhinitis or hay fever, some of the medicines are more frequently used or indicated.
Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis or Hay fever as per my experience-
Allium Cepa – best medicine for hay fever with watery eyes
Arsenic Album – best medicine for allergic rhinitis with intense thirst
Natrum Mur – best remedy for hay fever with sneezing
Merc Sol -best treatment for allergic rhinitis with sensitivity to heat and cold
Arundo – best hay fever medicine with intense itching
I need to add here that this is not at all an exhaustive list. This means that depending upon the symptoms of the patients, some other medicines might be indicated. A brief description of the symptoms indicating each individual medicine is being given below-
1. Allium Cepa- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever with watery eyes
When there is watery discharge from the eyes along with running nose, Allium Cepa is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever. The watery discharge from the nose is thin and acrid. At the same time, the discharge from the eyes is bland. The eyes become red and are sensitive to light. There is burning in the nose and eyes as from the cutting of onions. This medicine is in fact made from onions and it mimics the symptoms that occur when one cuts onions. There is the same burning in the eyes that we get when onions are being cut nearby in our presence. The patient feels better in the open air.
2. Arsenic Album- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis with intense thirst
In cases where there is intense thirst and the patient feels worse in open air, Arsenic Album is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever. There is copiuos watery and excoriating discharge from the nose. There may be restlessness and anxiety with the other symptoms of hay fever. Thirst is increased though the patient drinks a little bit of water at one time. The symptoms are likely to be worse at night. There is an increased sense of weakness which is often disproportionate to the disease.
3. Natrum Mur- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis with sneezing
In cases where there is a lot of sneezing and in fact, the symptoms start with sneezing only, Natrum Mur does wonders and is one of the best homeopathic medicines for hay fever or allergic rhinitis. There is intense dryness of the mouth and the mucous membranes. The discharge from the nose is thin and watery and resembles the white of an egg. There is an increased desire to eat salt or salty food.
4. Merc Sol- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis with sensitivity to heat and cold
When there is increased sensitivity to both heat and cold and the patient cannot tolerate either, Merc Sol is very effective and is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic rhinitis or hay fever. There is a lot of sneezing and watery discharge from the nose. The patient is worse even in damp or wet weather. Increased sweating is another indication for this medicine. There is profuse salivation in the mouth. At times the salivation is so much that it keeps the mouth wet most of the time. Despite this increased salivation, the patient keeps on feeling thirsty. There may be foul smell from the mouth.
5. Arundo- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis with intense itching
When the episode begins with intense itching in the palate and the nose, Arundo is very much suited to the case and is one of the best homeopathic medicines for allergic rhinitis or hay fever. There is a lot of burning and itching in the nose, the eyes and the roof of the mouth. Sense of smell becomes diminished.
FAQ on Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Which are the best anti-allergic medicines in Homeopathy?
Any and every homeopathic medicine that matches the symptoms of the patient can cure allergies. All the five above mentioned homeopathic medicines for allergic rhinitis are capable of curing allergies.
Can you please tell the name of a good anti-allergy homeopathic medicine?
As mentioned in the previous question, all homeopathic medicines are capable and potent anti-allergic medicines. The need is to match the symptoms of the patient and the medicine in a diligent manner.
Are there any specific homeopathic medicines for allergy to dust?
There are no specific medicines in homeopathy. Treatment in homeopathy is tailored according to each individual patient.
Out of the 5 medicines mentioned above, which is the best homeopathy medicine for allergic rhinitis?
All the medicines mentioned above are equally good. They cannot be graded one above the other. If symptoms of the patient are similar to that of a homeopathic medicine, it will cure the patient.
Why should I choose Homeopathy for Allergic Rhinitis treatment?
Homeopathy is vastly better as far as treatment of any allergy is concerned. This is all the more true in the case of allergic rhinitis.
Which are the best homeopathic remedies for hay fever?
Hay fever is just another name for allergic rhinitis. All the medicines mentioned above are very effective.