Allergic rhinitis may seem like a very trivial disease but it is very annoying and disturbing for the ones suffering from it. It is also known as hay fever in western countries. As the name suggests, allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease. There might be a range of allergens that a person may be allergic to when exposed to. The allergens include dust, mites, pollens, etc.
A person suffering from allergic rhinitis gets frequent episodes of cold and fever. There may be constant sneezes or running nose, which can lead to an obstructed feeling in the nose along with a headache. This may affect your work and interfere in your daily routine.
The areas that the allergic rhinitis affects are the nose, mucous membrane of the mouth, the throat, and, sometimes, the lungs if the congestion increases causing bronchospasm.
It causes the inflammation of the lining of the mucous membrane of the nose. This causes irritation which leads to sneezing and running nose. The bouts of sneezes can even be up to 15-20 sneezes at a time. Some may experience it for a few hours, whereas some may experience it the whole day.
Allergic rhinitis may be seasonal or perennial. It’s seasonal when it affects the people when the season or climate changes. It’s perennial when it is present throughout the year.
The people who have a history of allergies or family history with either parent suffering from allergies and those who live in a humid and damp environment all the time are at a high risk of developing allergic rhinitis.
Certain allergy tests that may help in diagnosing the disease like the skin prick test or patch test, although it is not definitive. There is also a blood test named S.IgE which may be indicated in allergic rhinitis.
There are many over the counter medications available, such as antihistamines and topical steroids, to treat this health condition. These medications suppress the immune system’s response to the allergens. And, this can also have certain side-effects, such as sedation.
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Homeopathy does not suppress any symptoms. Homeopathy can treat allergic rhinitis safely without producing any side-effects.
Some of the most used and important homeopathic remedies for allergic rhinitis are listed here:
- Arsenic album: One of the topmost remedies for allergic rhinitis is Arsenic Album. Excessive sneezing, nasal congestion, and increased thirst indicate this homeopathic remedy.
- Allium cepa: This is the most common remedy for allergic rhinitis. When the patient suffers from a watery discharge from the nose and the eyes and the discharge from the nose burns the skin around, Allium cepa is recommended.
- Ammonium muriaticum: When the patient experiences obstructed feeling in the nose and a loss of sense of smell, Ammonium muriaticum is indicated.
- Aralia racemose: Frequent sneezing with marked wheezing indicates this homeopathic remedy.
- Arsenic iodatum: Tingling sensation and irritation in the nose with constant sneezing indicate Arsenic iodatum.
- Euphrasia: If an individual experiences the burning and watering of eyes with a runny nose, Euphrasia may help in obtaining relief.
- Natrum muriaticum: Sneezing with white nasal discharge and dryness of mouth indicate Natrum muriaticum.
- Arundo: This homeopathic remedy can help you obtain relief in the intense burning and itching of the nose and eyes.
- Sabadilla: Excessive sneezing and a runny nose with cough and headache indicate Sabadilla.
Although the remedies are mentioned here, none of these should be taken without consulting a homeopathic physician.
With homeopathic treatment, one can prevent or reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis can be prevented by avoiding the specific allergens one is allergic to. But that may be difficult.
Besides homeopathic remedies and medications, certain foods can help alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These beneficial foods include ginger, citrus fruits, turmeric, onions, honey, etc.
Certain foods that should be avoided when suffering from allergic rhinitis include nuts, certain fruits like melons, cold foods and drinks, foods containing a lot of preservatives, etc.
Taking the right medicines and the right kind of food can prevent those constant sniffles.