Hay fever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, affects around 20% of the UK population. It’s usually caused by pollen from sprouting flowers, grass and trees. The majority of people feel the effects during the spring and summer months.

Those allergic to pollen can find themselves suffering with sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes and unfortunately, as of yet, there is no known cure for hay fever. Of course, its severity can depend on which type of pollen you’re allergic to, and different pollens have affects at different times in the year.

Although there is isn’t a definitive cure available for hay fever, there are a large number of remedies that offer temporary relief from the unfortunate symptoms. Numerous pharmacy offers bring people who are desperate to relieve their symptoms through the doors of pharmacies so they can concentrate on their day at work, or get a good night’s sleep.

Most people affected by hay fever dose themselves up on pharmacy medicine. However, it’s understandable that some aren’t keen to take large amounts of medication to get them through the day. With this in mind, the following list is an example of five possible alternative remedies in your battle against hay fever.

1)    Honey.

In 1995 hay fever sufferers were chosen for a study in which they were fed honey with traces of pollen in it. When the participants didn’t show any reaction, it was suggested that honey may desensitise the body to the affects of pollen to the extent that it stops any symptoms from showing.

2)    Self-Hypnosis.

Two years of study were completed in 2005 which suggested that self-hypnosis may rid hay fever sufferers of the symptoms. Participants received between two and five sessions and then recorded the affects of hay fever over the next two summers. Significant improvements were noticed almost immediately.

3)    Onions.

Onions contain a large amount of the chemical Quercetin, which has been known to help ward off hay fever. Although the food may not be too everyone’s tastes in copious amounts, there is no evidence to suggest that eating onions in high quantity does any damage to your health.

4)    Acupuncture.

Although it’s not been proven whether acupuncture can act as a hay fever relief, a 2006 study tentatively found that it could have a positive effect. It has also been suggested that the therapy could work even better when combined with traditional Chinese medicine.

5)    Nettle.

One clinical study showed that dried nettle extract could act as a hay fever relief. However, the study is now 20 years old and therefore widely considered out of date . Nevertheless, the results of the original study themselves could be reason for further investigation.


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All medication should be used in accordance with manufacturer’s directions and the stated dose should not be exceeded. Seek advice from your Pharmacist or doctor before treating young children with any medication.