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10 Fool-Proof Ways to Fight Hay Fever & Wave Goodbye to Sneezing

10 Fool-Proof Ways to Fight Hay Fever

Hay fever is not a condition to be sniffed at. For the sufferer, it can squeeze the joy out of summer and render the simple pleasure of a picnic sat on the grass unbearable. It’s not just summertime when the condition can strike either, as some trees and plants pollenate throughout the year.

So if you suffer with hay fever symptoms, read on to discover 10 fool-proof ways to fight this cruel ailment and to wave goodbye to sneezing.

What Salitiar can help


1. Halotherapy

Halo is the Greek word for salt. The Ancient Greek and father of modern medicine,

How the Salitair Works

Hippocrates, was the first to use steam salt to purify the air and people’s lungs. Consequently, salt rooms have been built across the world for thousands of years to help treat people with breathing-related conditions.

However, modern salt air revolves heavily around the use of crystal salt inhalers such as the Salitair. Crystal salt inhalers work by using the natural moisture in the air to help absorb salt particles into your lungs. Therefore, inhaling into such a device can help with a wide range of sinus problems, including asthma and, of course, hay fever.

2. Probiotics

Did you know that 70 to 80% of your immune system is in your digestive system? Thus, it is very important that you look after your gut, as it is often the first line of defence against all diseases and ailments.

Probiotic bacteria are living microorganisms that help to boost the human immune system. For this reason, taking a probiotic supplement will help you fight off the symptoms of many allergies – including hay fever.

3. Antihistamines

Histamines are produced by your immune system to protect the cells in the human body from infection. With hay fever, your immune system mistakes harmless pollen as a threat, which causes it to produce histamines on a massive scale.

Antihistamines work by stopping the histamines that the body produces from affecting your cells. This prevents the symptoms of an allergic attack, such as sneezing and itchy eyes, from occurring. Antihistamines for hay fever come in tablet form such as Benadryl, and nasal sprays such as Beclomethasone. We've recently stocked a new nasal spray called Clarinaze, which is currently the only product containing mometasone that is available without a prescription, and it helps to reduce the inflammation in the nose.

4. Anti-inflammatory diet

As previously discussed, hay fever is primarily driven by inflammatory mediators such as histamines that your body releases during an allergic reaction. For this reason, reducing inflammatory foods such as sugars and refined grains, and introducing more fruit, veg and anti-inflammatory omega-3 into your diet can help fight the effects of hay fever.

5. Natural treatments

The symptoms of hay fever cause abnormal amounts of mucous production within the respiratory system, which can cause further infection. However, there are a number of herbs you can use as natural decongestants to combat the effects of hay fever. For example, both garlic and horseradish possess properties that can help drain and ‘dry out’ excessive levels of mucous.

Another natural and delicious tasting treatment you can use to fight hay fever is honey. In the UK, bee keepers swear a spoon full of honey, which is rich in pollen, can help the body acclimatise to airborne pollen spores.

6. Acupuncture

According to the World Health Organisation, acupuncture is an effective treatment for around 30 different conditions. And guess what? Hay fever is one of them. For more information about the seven acupuncture points you need to learn to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever, you can check out this excellent post published by the Huffington Post.

7. Nasal sprays and eye drops

Eye drops are used to treat hay fever symptoms that affect your eyes, including redness, itchiness and watering. Similarly, nasal sprays are used to treat hay fever symptoms that affect your nose, including a blocked nose.

Corticosteroids are used in both nasal sprays and eye drops to treat hay fever because of their excellent anti-inflammatory effect. Otrivine manufacture an excellent range of eye drops and nasal sprays that provide excellent hay fever medication.

8. Wrap-around sunglasses

Okay, so wrap-around sunglasses might not be the coolest looking shades around. However, they do offer a tremendous defence against hay fever. This is because wrap-around sunglasses ensure that no part of your eye is exposed to the outside air. Therefore, they can help shield your eyes from airborne pollen, which will also prevent your eyes from itching and watering.

9. Self-hypnosis

What is self-hypnosis? Well, it’s a naturally occurring state of mind that creates a heightened state of focused concentration. In 2005, a Swiss team at Basel University taught 66 people with hay fever how to perform self-hypnosis in a bid to alleviate symptoms such as a runny nose – and it worked.

10. Maintain a tidy home 

­Making sure your house is clean and tidy is one of the easiest ways to prevent the symptoms of hayfever. This is because household carpets act as a breeding ground for allergens such as dust mites and spores.

Did you know that if you have young children who love to play on the floor, they could end up swallowing 10 grams of dust every day? For this reason a dust mite controller, which you can use to protect an entire room from dust mite allergens, offers fantastic protection from the causes of hay fever-like symptoms.

In combination, the 10 treatments outlined in this blog provide a fool-proof way to fight hay fever – you just have to find one, or a combination of several, that work for you.  


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