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Go Vita Ballarat Naturopath Inka Ferkova discusses hayfever, and the link to the immune system.

Allergic Rhinitis (commonly referred to as ‘Hay fever’) predominantly affects sufferers in the season of Spring.

Hay fever is triggered by pollens in the air that come from trees, weeds, and grasses. Whilst pollens are present in the air all year round, they are generally found in higher concentrations during Spring. Symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, loss of smell, post-nasal drip, cough, skin rashes or hives. Hay fever can also cause earaches, conjunctiva in the eyes, headaches and fatigue.

Many people do not start to think about treating hay fever until symptoms present. However, there are some preventative measures I recommend people consider in late winter and early spring that can reduce the severity of hay fever symptoms.

buds of spring flowers on white stems

Hay fever is caused when the immune system identifies a harmless airborne pollen as being harmful. In response, the immune system produces an antibody (known as immunoglobulin E (IgE)), so strengthening the immune system is beneficial in the management of Hay fever.

Certain vitamins and nutrients strengthen the immune system. When patients present to me with hay fever symptoms we address deficiencies in zinc, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, quercetin and bromelain, vitamins, D, E and A and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC).

A diet that is rich in lean meats, fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds can provide all the essential nutrients for a healthy immune system, but at times people may need to include supplements into their regime to increase effectiveness.

I encourage people to try natural ways to help prevent or reduce their hay fever symptoms, before taking antihistamines. However, sometimes hay fever symptoms may not respond to immune-boosting nutrients, and antihistamines may be required.

Go Vita offer in-store and private naturopathic consultations. Book at 23 Sturt Street or by calling 53315316

This is not a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition

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