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Hay fever and allergic rhinitis

Both caused by allergies to airborne irritants, but whereas hay fever is mainly a summer ailment, allergic rhinitis occurs all the year round; often aggravated by some form of food allergy. In both conditions there is usually a family history of asthma or eczema. Grass, tree and flower pollens, mould spores from trees, are the culprits in hay fever; in allergic rhinitis the range of irritants is much wider - hair, skin, fur, feathers, house dust, house dust mites, cigarette smoke, various smells.

The body can over-react to some of these, producing histamine which draws fluid to the site of the 'attack', causing redness, warmth, swelling, itching and tickling. Eyes and nose are affected most, but lips, ears, throat and lungs can also be involved.

Nasal sprays reduce the discharge from the nose by narrowing the blood vessels in the lining of the nose, but long term use carries a danger of damage to the lining of the nose which can be severe. When you stop using a nasal spray there can be a rebound reaction and the symptoms can return more severely than before.

Links to positive findings for homeopathy for this medical condition are found at BHA .