By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published April 3, 2014, Last updated October 21, 2016
Allergic Rhinitis is a medical name given to the inflammation of the inner lining of the nose and is allergic in origin. This means that the inflammation happens because of the body is subject to an allergy. The allergy causing offenders are usually pollens from grass, weeds, seasonal flowers, and those plants that depend on the wind rather than insects for cross-pollination. These pollens are present in the air in large numbers at many times of the year. Dust, insects and mites are the other offenders.
Though ‘Hay fever’ or ‘Allergic Rhinitis’ is seen more in the autumn and spring season, some perennial cases are also seen frequently. Those patients who are allergic to seasonal allergens develop symptoms only during the relevant season, whereas those who have allergy to dust, insects and mites have the symptoms throughout the year. Family history may dispose a person to this problem.
Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Sneezing is the prominent symptom, which troubles patients. Along with sneezing, running of the nose, itching in the nose, redness and watering of the eyes are the attendant symptoms. The nose is frequently blocked and makes breathing difficult. At times one has to breathe through the mouth. Nights are more troublesome as far as obstruction of nose and difficulty in breathing is concerned.
People with pets like dogs and cats are more likely to be exposed to the allergens. Also, mats and carpets provide easy habitat for them. People with allergies are best advised to stay away from such areas where allergens abound. Morning is the time when the allergen count is the maximum in the environment and patients are advised not to venture outdoors in early morning.
How to prevent allergic rhinitis or hay fever
Most of the time it is not possible to pinpoint the offending allergens, thereby making prevention difficult. Moreover, people are often allergic to more than one substance. Under such circumstances one is condemned to suffer repeatedly, with relief proving to be a distant mirage. Prevention of exposure to allergens is necessary in cases where the exact allergens are known. In other cases, humidity, dust and contact with animals should be avoided. Carpets and rugs should not be used. Air conditioning in homes, offices and cars provides a good protection.
Homoeopathy cures Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Homoeopathy offers a much better choice of treatment as it aims at reigning in the body’s bersek gone immunity. When this anomaly of over-reaction to otherwise harmless substances is corrected, the patient can live a normal life without any further episodes of allergic reaction. To tide over an attack of allergic rhinitis, medicines like Allium Cepa, Arsenic Album, Sabadilla, Merc Sol, Nux Vomica and Natrum Mur help. It has to be followed by constitutional treatment, so as to prevent its recurrence in the next season.