Dear people who are frustrated by non-stop sneezing
Summer mornings don’t have to start with a box of tissues
If you have hayfever allergies with non-stop sneezing, you’ll be used to getting strange looks from people. They’re ok at first, but when you are a couple of minutes into your sneezing and you still haven’t stopped, they’ll be concerned.
You’re probably concerned too.
You might need to take anti-histamines to get it under control, which is fine if it works for you, and if you don’t mind taking medication.
Anti-histamines are an over-the-counter medication designed to help people like you get on with your life during the summer.
It’s important to understand that hayfever is due to an over-reactive immune system and anti-histamines just mask the issue. Drugs don’t change the underlying pattern.
If your symptoms are mild, then there are some simple things that are worth a try.
Natural treatments for allergic sneezing
‘Allergic sneezing’ by itself is a very mild allergy.
Here are a few things you can try:
- Remove your shoes as soon as you arrive home, so you don’t bring pollen inside.
- Wash your hands and face whenever you’ve been outdoors.
- If you can, shower and take off your clothes, and ask others to do the same, especially if you share a bed.
- Wash your sheets and pillows often so as to rinse excess pollen away.
- If you have pets that go outside, you might want to rinse them too!
- Take Quercetin, a natural antioxidant that can provide relief from allergies.
Natural treatments for moderate hay fever
Sneezing plus congestion with mild itching is both uncomfortable and irritating.
Reduce your exposure to pollen as described above, plus you might like to try one of these products:
- A natural (non-steroidal) nasal spray, such as Rhinodoron or Luffa-Heel.
- An over-the-counter homeopathic remedy, such as Helios Hayfever.
- Dr Schuessler tissue salts Combination H
Homeopathy for persistent hay fever symptoms
Crazy fits of sneezing, congestion, severe itching, burning, streams of mucus, wheeziness and fatigue are symptoms of severe allergy.
Anti-histamines don’t always help when it’s this bad, even prescription ones.
Or, if they do help, they can make you feel heavy and tired.
This type of hayfever can benefit from natural treatment, but it needs to be targeted for it to work properly.
My top three remedies for hay fever
- Nux Vomica
- Nat Mur
I worked with the Travelling Homeopaths Collective at Glastonbury festival a few times, most recently in 2019 and almost half of the people we saw came in with hayfever.
I remember one guy I treated came back the following day and told me I’d saved his festival!
The remedy he needed was Gelsemium. His symptoms were heaviness, extreme fatigue, itchy eyes and blocked nose. His eyelids were droopy and he had no thirst, despite the heat.
I’ve found in practice that many people who benefit from Gelsemium have taken many anti-histamines. This creates a kind of ‘suppressed’ hayfever picture, with heaviness and fatigue.
Another case from Glastonbury 2019 was a classic example of Nux Vomica.
The person who came in for treatment was in a hurry, wanted to be in and out as quickly as possible. He told me he’d been drinking and using recreational drugs since he’d arrived but his hayfever was preventing him from enjoying himself.
The remedy he needed was Nux Vomica. His symptoms were severe congestion and sneezing with itching in the ears and throat. He was impatient and irritable. He was craving spicy food, alcohol and coffee.
I’ve found in practice that many people who benefit from Nux Vomica are often hard-working high-achievers who’ve taken many types of medication including anti-histamines. They often suffer from headaches and digestive issues.
A case from my practice is a classic example of Nat Mur.
The person needing treatment had responded well to his winter hayfever prevention remedies, and rarely needed any treatment in the summer.
One year was different. I asked if we could talk on the phone. He didn’t have much to say at first, but opened up after a while. He told me he’d been upset by someone at work. The situation had been going on for a while, and he was trying to ignore it.
The remedy he needed was Nat Mur. His eyes were sore and itchy, and he was congested with a thick, clear discharge from his nose. He was very thirsty and confessed to a craving for salty food such as crisps.
I’ve found that many people who benefit from Nat Mur are sensitive, with high standards. They can be offended easily, and this can result in sore throats, colds and hayfever with congestion and mucus like egg-white.
And that’s not all
There are many other remedies I’ve not described here. There are too many to count really.
I studied hay fever intensively while I was at homeopathy college, and I’ve been using homeopathy to treat the symptoms of hay fever in my clinic, as well as at festivals such as Glastonbury, for almost fifteen years. [Related post: Effective Homeopathy for Hayfever]
Sometimes one remedy completely resolves all the symptoms, but more often it takes a few.
I take into account all the different aspects to the situation, not just the physical symptoms.
Summer mornings don’t have to start with sneezing and a box of tissues.
Homeopathy for men
I’m often asked if I offer homeopathy for men. As you can see from my example cases, I work with men as well as women, and children too.
If your symptoms are so bad you’re not sure homeopathy can help, feel free to book a free call with me so we can talk about it.