Hay fever is caused mainly by breathing in pollen particles and by pollen getting into the eyes.
The most useful treatments for hay fever are:
- Antihistamine tablets and nasal sprays, which if taken regularly help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, an itchy throat and itchy, watery eyes,
- Anti-inflammatory nasal sprays and nose drops (usually containing steroids), which reduce inflammation in the delicate lining of the nose. These should be taken daily for the best results,
- Anti-allergy nasal sprays and eye drops, such as cromoglycate, which act on the linings of the nose and eyes to stop the allergen triggering a reaction
- Decongestant tablets and sprays can help if the nose is blocked and stuffy, but can lead to rebound blocking,
- Eye soothers: Eyebright tea may be used in an eyebath, see How to make an eyebath,
- Drug-free treatments (a light therapy aka light beams, etc.),
- Acupuncture; Chinese herbs; homeopathy; medical herbalism, massage, aromatherapy and shiatsu offer an excellent supporting treatments where the hayfever is linked to stress.
Most of these medicines are available over the counter, but some are only available on prescription. You may need to try different treatments or find a combination that works best for you.
For personal productivity I would advice you to:
- avoid places with high levels of air pollution and try not to go there at these times (early morning and at dusk),
- have frequent showers (splashing your face with cold water and bathing your eyes will help to wash away the irritants),
- work in air conditioning environment or keep windows and doors closed,
- buy portable air ioniser (negative ion generator) to clean the air (it's good for health either),
- always have plenty of wipes/tissues (e.g. with Aloe Vera & Camomile),
- don't drink pro-oxidant like drinks (such as coffee, energy drinks, etc.) - try instead e.g. Guarana, Mate teas,
- try some beneficial drinks such as:
- Yoghurt (cooling and has a mild anti-histamine effect),
- Pollen, Bee pollen (half a teaspoon a day) is said to help the condition (Check for an allergic reaction to pollen in this form by taking one pellet before you try a larger dose.),
- Aloe Vera has mild anti-histamine properties. Take the juice internally diluted in water,
- Beta carotene rich drinks (freshly pressed carrot juice is very beneficial as are other freshly pressed fruits and vegetables),
- Variety of teas such as Green tea, Andrographis paniculata with Manuka or Black seed honey,
- think of moving to another region of the country,
If none of above helps, contact your nearest pharmaceutist or a doctor.