Hay fever is the common name of inflammation of the nasal passages (allergic rhinitis) which may be due to exposure to a particular irritant such as, animals, dust mite, mould, and grass or weed pollens, etc. The condition affects people one of two ways, either seasonally (generally springtime) or perennially i.e. all year round. It is a chronic disease that affects a large portion of the population. It is the most frequent cause of chronic nasal and sinus problems. It is a condition that often affects children and young adults as a consequence of being passed on (genetically determined) by one, or sometimes both parents, but the condition may also develop later in life as is quite often seen in adults.
Hay fever symptoms may constitute a couple or all of the following symptoms: congested or runny nose, post-nasal drip, itchy or runny eyes or both, itchy ears, itchy nose, itching of the roof of the mouth, itchy throat, itchy skin on the face, sneezing and tiredness. Children suffering from hay fever sometimes develop a line across their nose, which is known as ‘transverse crease’; it is caused by the constant rubbing of the nose due to its itchiness.
Hay fever affects a lot of people and can be the cause of missed school days or work. The person’s quality of life is affected drastically and comparable to someone suffering from severe asthma. If hay fever is left uncontrolled, it can lead to other diseases such as, ear infections, sinus infections, and the worsening of asthma. When people have hay fever, they are more vulnerable to the common cold virus because of the inflammation in the nasal passages.
Common cold and allergies have similar symptoms (as stated previously), but allergies have several indicators such as, a family history of allergic diseases; presence of other atopic diseases; symptoms associated with the season; and the presence of itching. These are the signs that the health care professional looks for to determine whether the patient has hay fever or the common cold.
People generally try to manage their hay fever by the use of antihistamines, nasal sprays, and wherever possible, trying to avoid their known triggers by minimizing exposure to e.g. animals, dusty environments and pollens, etc. During periods of high pollen count (which are worse onhumid, non-rainy and/or windy days) sufferers are advised to keep windows closed,avoid mowing the lawn or engaging in any gardening activities, and try not to expose themselves to grassy areas. Apart from pets being a possible cause of hay fever, they can also be a carrier of pollens from outside the house. Whenever the pet comes from outside during the day, when there is a high pollen count, it should be washed or wiped with a damp cloth.
Conversely, not all sinus sufferers are affected by hay fever, i.e. in many cases, sinus occurs independently without hay fever being the trigger, but the underlying cause is often the same as that seen in hay fever. Symptoms of sinus may include: nasal congestion; pressure or pain noted in one or both cheeks; pain affecting one or both eyes; pressure or pain noted at the bridge of the nose; pain noted either across or localised to one side of the forehead; clicking or congestion of one or both ears; a sore throat that comes and goes; sensitivity of one or more of the top teeth; swollen neck glands, extreme tiredness and occasionally, dark rings under the eyes.
In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, some sufferers feel as though they have contracted the flu demonstrating symptoms such as: muscle aching; chills up the back, severe headache, and occasionally, fever. Less common symptoms include: painful ears that may lead to loss of balance and difficulty of hearing.
Over his 36 years in practice, John McGuire , as a naturopath, has assisted so many patients suffering both hay fever (both seasonal and perennial) and sinus problems. At York City Health Clinic, patients are provided (where necessary), with a treatment that is designed to desensitise them to whatever they are reacting to, thus, either minimising or stopping their sensitivity or allergic reaction. This has allowed patients to live with their existing pet, or finally purchase the pet they have always wanted, e.g. a dog, cat, horse or bird. Due to his high success rate, patients suffering either chronic nasal congestion or sinus issues are referred to him by orthodontists. This is for assessment and treatment prior to the patient being provided with expanders and/or braces, etc. Many of these referrals are young children and teenagers. Naturopath treatment York City Health Clinic
Author: John D. McGuire
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