Allergic Rhinitis-Hay Fever, symptoms and treatment

Rhinitis is an inflammation of the lining of the nose, characterized by nasal congestion, nasal discharge, sneezing and itching.

Allergic Rhinitis is triggered by inhaled allergens and may be perennial or seasonal (hayfever).

The acute allergic response in rhinitis results from the interaction of an inhaled allergen with a specific IgE antibody on the surface of mast cells and basophils. This leads to the release of histamine and other factors that cause the acute symptoms.

Hypersensitivity begins when IgE antibodies from B lymphocytes are exposed to specific allergens (Pollen). The IgE antibodies then attach to the mast cells in specific locations in the immune system, creating sensitized mast cells.

Mast cells are connective tissue cells that are present in large numbers in the mucosa of the respiratory and digestive tracts. On continual exposure to the same allergen, the allergen attaches to the IgE antibody on the mast cell,stimulating the release of chemical mediators such as histamine from granules within the mast cells. 

In chronic persistent rhinitis, T cells recruit eosinophils and this leads to chronic symptoms such as nasal blockages, loss of smell and nasal hyperactivity.

In order for an allergic reaction to occur,an allergen must penetrate deep into the nasal lining, if the mucous membranes are healthy and intact, the allergen will never reach the mast cells to trigger an allergic reaction.

Treatment of allergic rhinitis include dietary exclusions, such as refined carbohydrates, dairy products and wheat.

Natural Hayfever remedies

Quercetin is a member of the class of flavonoids called flavanol, rich dietary sources of quercetin include onions, red wine and green tea.

In vitro and animal studies have shown quercetin inhibits degranulation of mast cells, basophils and neutrophils. Such activity could account for in part, for Quercetin’s anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and immunomodulating activity.

Pycnogenol made from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, inhibits the release of histamine, from mast cells, that’s aggravated by irritants (pollen)

Pantothenic acid (B5)

Pantothenic acid supports adrenal health, by regulating the release of cortisol, a steroid released by the adrenal glands, during an allergic reaction. Cortisol is one of the primary steroids, used in preventing the release of histamine.

Dietary sources of B5 include organ meats, fatty fish, shellfish, yeast, egg yolks, avocado, spinach, broccoli and mushrooms,

Herbal remedies for Allergic Rhinitis

Immune enhancing herbs such as Echinacea root and Astragalus. Upper respiratory anticatarrhal herbs including, Euphrasia (eyebright) Hydrastis (goldenseal) and Plantago lanceolate (plantain)

Local Honey

Local honey helps with the symptoms of hayfever by desensitizing the immune system to the local pollen found in the honey. Local’ honey is that which has been made by bees close to the area where you live. This is because the sufferer may be allergic to a specific type of pollen in the area where he lives.

For Nutritional support for Hayfever symptoms, please make an appointment with Health Zone Nutritional therapist Salma

Health Zone Shop and Clinic
30 Wimbledon Hill Road,
Wimbledon. SW19 7PA

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