There are a number of factors that may pre-dispose people to develop hayfever.

Hayfever

Hayfever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction of the nasal passages and airways to wind borne pollens.

Understanding hayfever

Hayfever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) occurs mostly between late March and September, when high concentrations of pollen are released into the environment. If hayfever develops in spring, it is usually caused by tree pollens. If it develops in summer, grass and weed pollens are usually responsible (1).

Perennial allergic rhinitis occurs when symptoms are present all year round, and can be triggered by other common allergens such as dust mites, pets, mould, or even sensitive foods. The condition shares many features with asthma, as the mechanisms responsible for both the development and treatment are similar.

Symptoms, include watery nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Hayfever sufferers may feel worse during warm, humid and windy weather. Natural changes in temperature during the morning or evening may also make symptoms worse. Hayfever can affect both adults and children.

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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