As winter begins to wind down, many people are getting excited about the spring. This season brings with it warmer temperatures and colorful plant life that wash away the cold and gray winter months. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the springtime. Many allergy sufferers dread this season the most. Fortunately, there are herbal remedies for hayfever that can allow more people to enjoy the beauty and colors of the spring.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic response that causes the mucous membranes in the nose and eyes to become itchy and/or inflamed. Typical symptoms are dry or watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, congestion, and coughing. Hay fever is often caused by pollen in the air. In the springtime, certain types of pollen can be quite high due to the growing season. This can cause a lot of problems for those suffering from this condition.
Common treatments for hay fever
There are many types of over the counter medications, as well as prescription medications that can help relieve the symptoms of hay fever. Decongestants, eye drops, and other allergy medications can be beneficial in easing the allergic response to exposure to pollen or other allergens. However, these medications often come with a long list of side effects that are sometimes more bothersome than the allergies. These medications can also interact with other medications a person may be taking.
Natural remedies for hay fever
Fortunately, there are natural remedies that may help those who suffer from hay fever. These remedies have been in use for years and have little or no known side effects. They are also less likely to interact with other medications a person may be taking. For example, Echinacea and garlic can provide immune-boosting benefits to prevent the issues of hay fever. Elderflowers and neddles provide benefits to prevent the histamine response to allergens.
There are many types of natural treatments that may be beneficial. The best option is to try some of them and see how they work. Each person is different and will find that some things work better than others. Of course, if on prescription medications, it is always best to talk with a doctor or pharmacist to ensure there are no reactions to those medications.