The hayfever season is in full flood in the UK with a spell of nice hot weather after a long cold, wet winter.

People who don’t suffer from hayfever have no idea how rotten it can make us feel. The sneezing etc. are very obvious but the shivers, shakes and fluey feelings are not visible and just niggle away at us all day.

A nice walk in the countryside, a game of tennis or a brisk cycle ride all become a big ordeal as copious tissues are used up and sneezing stops us in our tracks.

Hayfever – I used to wear an anorak and sunglasses in summer to reduce my sneezing until I discovered homeopathy!

My hayfever started very young, my parents always grumbled about me sniffing in the summer! When I was seven it got extremely bad. I remember being on the rounders field at school and hardly able to breathe from sneezing. By the time I got home my eyes were bloodshot and I was exhausted.

After that, I spent a lot of time lying in a darkened room with a cold wet flannel over my nose and eyes. I have holiday photos of me wearing a thick winter anorak (because changes in temperature triggered sneezing) and sunglasses! Awful!

The seaside was OK, but anywhere else was miserable from May through to September. Hopefully, schools are a bit more aware of it these days but my games mistress used to think that if I stayed off the grass that was OK so I spent many miserable games lessons outside playing tennis on tarmac courts instead of staying indoors out of the pollen!

I must have taken just about every pill, inhaler and injection that was going over the years. Frustratingly many of the drugs that worked for me were withdrawn after a period of time so I then had to find something new that actually worked.

A few years ago I was able to stop taking drugs for the hayfever. No, it didn’t just go away. My homeopath enlightened me that it was possible to reduce and gradually eliminate hayfever by taking some remedies during the winter months, alongside a summer regime to manage the symptoms.

Now I only use homeopathy and a reduced dairy and wheat diet (because I have intolerances to those and cutting them out gives my endocrine system a better chance to deal with the tendency to get hayfever).

If only I had found homeopathy when I was a child.

 

Standard ‘first aid’ homeopathic remedies for hayfever symptoms

Allium cepa – made from red onion

The person who needs this remedy will have

  • Bouts of sneezing
  • Burning nasal discharge causing sore nostrils and upper lip
  • Itchy eyes, watering profusely not burning
  • Feel better in a cold room or open air
  • Worse in evening
  • May have a tickly cough

Arsenicum album:

The person who needs this remedy will have some/all of these symptoms:

  • Burning or itching in the nose, eyes or throat.
  • Discharges from both eyes and nose will be burning (but check to make sure that Allium cepa or Euphrasia are not better indicated – Euphrasia has the opposite symptoms).
  • Symptoms improve in the open air, although sensitivity to light is usually an indication for this remedy.

Euphrasia

The person who needs this remedy will have some/all of these symptoms:

  • Lots of sneezing
  • Eyes severely affected and the liquid burns the cheeks
  • Burning and swelling of eyelids
  • Nasal discharge does not burn
  • Headache and aversion to bright light
  • Worse for warmth

Nux Vomica

The person who needs this remedy will have some/all of these symptoms:

  • Sneezing, streaming from the eyes and nose
  • An irritable, nasty mood.  (If they are sweet tempered, it is unlikely to help.)
  • Worse in dry air and relieved when the atmosphere is damp.

Pulsatilla pratensis (Puls.)

The person who needs this remedy will have some/all of these symptoms:

  • A weepy, needy, state of mind.
  • Discharges that are thick, bland (not acrid) and green or yellow.
  • Pulsatilla frequently has one side of the nose blocked or congested.

Sulphur (Sulph.)

The person who needs this remedy will have some/all of these symptoms:

  • Watery, burning nasal discharge, or a blocked nose, when outside.
  • Frequent sneezing.
  • Blocking of nose on alternate sides.
  • Burning pain in eyes.
  • Symptoms are worsened by warmth, and becoming warm in bed.
  • Better for being in open air.
  • The person may be lazy, opinionated, and desire sweets, alcohol, and spicy food.

Note that for the best results in the longer term it is advisable to see a homeopath who can work with you over the winter months as well to reduce the hayfever.

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