Are itchy eyes, runny nose and a congested and painful head waiting for you this spring? Does hay fever steal all the joy and excitement out of the new season making it literally impossible to smell the roses?
What do itchy eyes, runny nose and sinus congestion have in common? Besides being a royal pain in the head what they are all connected to allergies, and in spring more precisely allergic rhinitis or hay fever. It’s a problem which affects over 1 in 7 Australians that’s 15% of the total population, and it’s the most common chronic respiratory condition we suffer from!
Allergic rhinitis is caused by exposure to inhaled allergenic materials which create an overload of histamines in the body resulting in inflammation of the nasal mucosa causing allergic reactions like itchy or burning eyes, runny nose, sneezing, skin irritation and even hives. (acupuncture for allergic rhinitius & Allergic Rhinitus (‘hay fever’) in Australia).
So what can you do to alleviate the symptoms?
Acupuncture is known to be able to assist the symptoms of hay fever as it stimulates the body’s natural ability to release antihistamines without drugs to allow you to breathe easier. Acupuncture also works on treating any underlying systemic problems which may be contributing to the effects of hay fever. This means the use of acupuncture, and where applicable herbal medicine, strengthens your underlying health so you feel better generally while also supporting you to process any irritants which arise in spring in a more effective way.
Some of the more common ways you can reduce allergic reactions can be quite simple, they include checking the pollen count and staying in if it’s too high, avoid being outside on windy days, drinking water to prevent dehydration (dehydration can release histamines), check medications are not aggravating the situation, avoid over use of antibiotics or long term corticosteroid use, get lots of good quality sleep, avoid intense and excessive exercise and reduce stress levels in your life.
Call to make an appointment or chat to us about how we can help you this season to power through Spring!
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