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Allergies Making Life Miserable? Homeopathic Remedies Are Natural Solutions

homeopathy for allergy Allergy refers to a sudden hypersensitive reaction, presented with a number of symptoms. Allergen is an agent that is considered harmful by a sensitive/allergic person but doesn’t have any effect on other persons. The main allergens include dust mites, pollens, animal danders, certain food like eggs and shellfish etc. The main allergies include nasal allergy, allergic cough, food allergies, dust allergy, and skin rash. The allergic reactions to Hair dye are also prevalent in some. The homeopathy treatment for allergies not only helps in giving relief in acute attacks of allergy but also promises to effect a cure and exact the condition from its root. The cure is possible by application of properly selected constitutional medicines to the patient. In homeopathy, the allergies are treated not on the basis of the allergen triggering the allergic response, but by the characteristic individual symptoms narrated by the patient. These characteristic symptoms are, in essence, the key to unlocking the most suitable medicine required. Homeopathy for allergy works by moderating the overactive immune system. In this article, various types of allergies and their corresponding  medicines have been discussed.

Homeopathy for Allergy

1. Apis Mellifica: Apis mellifica holds a prime position to treat the hives or urticarial rash due to allergic reactions. This medicine can be utilized in all cases of allergic hives that result in violent itching with burning and stinging sensations. The patient may be relieved by cold applications. The skin is sensitive to touch. Swelling also accompanies. Slight betterment in the skin symptoms in the open air is another prominent factor which, if present, confirms that this medicine should be used.

2. Arsenic Album: Arsenic Album is a frequently used medicine for treating nasal allergy. The symptom that points towards this medicine’s implication is fluent and burning discharge from the nose with much sneezing. This may be accompanied by watering from eyes with burning.

3. Natrum Mur: Natrum Mur is suitable medicine for both nasal and skin allergies. The important pointers for using Natrum Mur in nasal allergy are running nose with sneezing and breathing difficulties, and in skin allergies, it is used mainly when excessive itching is present that mainly gets worse in a warm room and better in open air. Craving for salt is usually noted in all the patients requiring Natrum Mur.

4. Sulphur: When it comes to skin allergies, Sulphur is the foremost and an infallible medicine for allergies. This can be employed in all those cases of skin allergy where excessive itching with extreme burning sensation is present. Skin usually remains dry. The patient scratches the skin and gets relief. These are all the local skin symptoms for using this medicine. The constitutional symptoms used for selecting this medicine for chronic treatment include an aversion to bathing, unhealthy dirty looking skin, craving for sweets and an utmost heat in the whole body.

Various Allergies and Homeopathy

1. Nasal Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis)

The main causative allergens towards exciting an attack of nasal allergy are dust mites, animal danders and pollens. The main symptoms of allergic rhinitis include sneezing, fluent discharge from nose, dropping of nasal discharge back into the throat which is referred to as postnasal drip in some cases, itching in nose, throat and ear, and a discharge from eyes with itching in them. The natural medicines that show excellence in treating nasal allergies include Allium Cepa, Arsenic album, Arundo Mauri, Kali Bichromicum and Gelsemium. The first two mentioned medicines vis-a-vis Allium Cepa and Arsenic album are natural medicines for nasal allergy. They both work well when the symptoms are running nose with sneezing, burning in nose and eyes. But there is a very fine line of demarcation that decides the application of medicine out of these two, which is that if the patient feels better in open air and worse in warm room Allium cepa is selected, and for the exact opposite condition in which patient is relieved in warm room and worse in open air then Arsenic album becomes the choice of medicine. The next medicine Arundo mauri is the best choice when extreme itching in nose, eyes, and throat predominate with sneezing and fluent nasal discharge. The use of medicine Kali bichromicum is called for in those patients of nasal allergy in whom the nasal discharge dropping into the throat (postnasal drip) stands out to be a dominant feature along with sneezing. The last medicine Gelsemium is prescribed when the running nose and sneezing are present with pain in head and a feverish feeling. The above mentioned medicines can also be used as remedies for seasonal allergies .

2. Allergic Cough (Allergic Asthma)

Allergic cough mainly presents itself as cough with difficult breathing, suffocation, chest tightness and wheezing/whistling sounds from chest. The medicines of immense help in allergic cough include Arsenic album, Ipecac, Bryonia and Sambucus. The selection of medicine to treat allergic asthma is based upon the dominant symptoms of the patient. Arsenic album is selected when cough with chest tightness and suffocative attacks is the main complaint of the patient. The patient feels that this problem is worse at night time and has to sit up for relief. Warm drinks usually bring relief to this person. For using Ipecac in allergic cough, the main symptom is a violent loose cough with wheezing sounds due to the loading of mucus in the chest. Sometimes vomiting accompanies cough and relieves the patient. The next medicine Bryonia Alba gives good results when the cough is dry. This may be accompanied with chest pain and difficult breathing. Mainly the person over all feels better on lying down and worse on walking. The last medicine Sambucus is of supreme importance when nasal blockage is present with suffocative cough. Due to nasal blockage, the patient wakes suddenly at night with symptoms of difficulty in breathing and suffocation.

4. Skin Allergies

The skin allergy includes rash with itching, eczema (allergic dermatitis) and urticaria (hives). In urticaria the skin gets raised in patches with itching. The best medicines that come into play for treating allergic skin rash are Sulphur, Apis mellifica and Urtica Urens. Sulphur is a well known allergy medicine for treating skin complaints. Sulphur can be prescribed in all types of allergic skin rash where dryness, itching and burning sensations predominate. Apis mellifica is of great help in treating urticarial rashes where intense itching with burning stinging sensations and swelling of skin is present. Cold application may relieve the patient. Swelling of face may also be present. Allergic rash with asthmatic symptoms yield wonderfully to this medicine. Urtica urens is the first choice when eating shellfish has excited the skin rash with violent itching and heat.

5. Food Allergy

Food allergy refers to a series of symptoms that follows after taking in a particular type of food to which a person is allergic. The symptoms may occur in four planes. The first is nasal symptoms like discharge from nose, itching in nose and eyes and even difficult breathing. The second is gastric symptoms like loose stool, pain in stomach, nausea and vomiting. The third symptom is swelling of lips, mouth or of face. And the last symptoms are related to skin and include itchy rash, eczema or hives (Urticaria). The common food allergens leading allergic reaction are Egg, shellfish, nuts, wheat and milk.

The medicines for egg allergy are Carbo veg, Nux vomica and Sulph. Carbo veg and Nux vom are the natural medicines for egg allergy where gastric symptoms predominate. Carbo veg is prescribed when loose offensive stool, gas in stomach, nausea, vomiting follows eating eggs. And if this is accompanied with pain in abdomen Nux vomica is selected. When the gastric symptoms are accompanied by skin complaints after eating eggs, Sulphur can be used where itching or burning on skin are present.

For combating with shellfish allergy, the best natural medicine is Urtica Urens. This medicine can be taken by all those patients in whom sudden hives with violent itching and burning follows eating shell fish. This medicine has excellent power to control such symptoms.

The food allergy to wheat can be controlled with medicines that include Lycopodium, colocynth and Natrum Mur. Lycopodium can help in controlling the gastric symptoms. Lycopodium can be used when loose stool with gas in abdomen predominates. Colocynth is used when cramping pains in stomach accompany loose stool, and Natrum Mur is used when skin rash occur either independently or along with gastric trouble after taking wheat.

The last mentioned food allergy to milk can be treated with natural medicines without any side effects. The natural medicines include Aethusa Cynapium, Natrum carb, and Pulsatilla. Aethusa cynapium tops the list of medicines for milk allergy. The symptom for its use is vomiting immediately when milk enters the stomach. Sweating and weakness may follow vomiting. Natrum carb is indicated when loose stool follows milk intake. Pulsatilla is used when milk or any milk product excites allergic reaction. The prominent symptoms that call for the use of Pulsatilla medicine include loose stool, nausea, vomiting, gas, or acidity after taking milk or milk products. A complete absence of thirst is an accompanying symptom in some cases that if present forms an important symptom towards selecting Pulsatilla for milk allergy.

6. Euphrasia for Allergic Conjunctivitis

Euphrasia is the best natural medicines to deal with eye symptoms due to allergy. This can be taken in all such cases presenting with redness, itching, burning in eyes with watery discharges.

7. Dust (dust mite) Allergy

The leading natural medicines that provide a great helping hand to deal with dust allergy include Lycopersicum, Bromium and Arsenic album. Lycopersicum is the leading medicine that is used when breathing in of the slightest dust particle leads to running nose and sneezing. Bromium is utilised when dust inhalation leads to discharge from the nose along with chest complaints. The chest complaints include difficult breathing, cough with mucus in chest. Lastly, the medicine Arsenic album is used when fluent nasal discharge with burning in eyes and nose and sneezing predominate.

8. Allergy Caused By Hair dye

The symptoms that follow dye application on hair include skin rash, itching and swelling that appears mainly on the face, the ears, and the neck. There are various natural medicines to deal with the allergic reaction to dyes, but they are not specific or patent medicines for dye allergy. Suitable medicine is to be chosen after taking the symptoms from the patient. Few medicines like Sulphur, Arsenic album, Natrum Mur and Sepia can be used following case taking.

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Nasal Allergies and Homeopathy

Nasal Allergies in Summer

Dr. Vikas Sharma

Have you been sneezing very often this summer? Do you have itching in the nose , roof of mouth and eyes? Are you getting a watery discharge from your nose? If yes then there are good chances that you have Allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis refers to an allergic condition that occurs in the upper respiratory tract and also in the conjunctiva of the eyes. This is usually a harmless condition but can throw one’s life out of gear. Most of the people who suffer from its seasonal form, have recurrent episode in late spring, summers and fall. Homeopathy provides a great hope for all those who suffer from it in treating this kind of allergy from its base and thereby stopping its annual recurrence.

People who suffer from allergic rhinitis usually have these following symptoms-  1) Sneezing , which may occur any time and can occur in bouts ; where one may  even have 20-30 sneezes in a row . Morning sneezes are very common in those suffer from allergic rhinitis. Such sneezing episodes may occur as early as one wakes up .2) Runny nose – sneezing is accompanied by profuse watery discharge from the nose. Along with other symptoms one may also have same king of watery discharge from eyes. 3) Itching in the eyes, nose and the roof of the mouth – itching in the nose roof of moth and eyes are very common symptoms in allergic rhinitis. Most patients complain of a “crawling” sensation in the nose and the roof of the mouth. 4) Some patients may even suffer from breathing difficulty if the attack gets serious. This kind of breathing difficulty is usually noted in spring weather during wheat harvest season. 6) Fever may also be present in some individuals during a severe attack of allergic rhinitis.

Allergic rhinitis usually occurs in two forms. The kind of allergic rhinitis that one would have it in only a particular weather is called as Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. Late spring, summers and early autumn is the main weather when it occurs.  Such kind of allergic rhinitis occurs due to sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or to airborne mold spores. The second type is the ‘Perennial Allergy’ and occurs all the year around. In such kind of allergic rhinitis ,the sensitivity is mainly to substances that one encounters daily . Examples of Such substances are – cockroaches, dust mites, pollution and animal dander.

Homeopathic medicines are one of the best forms of natural treatment for allergic rhinitis. They works both ways – By controlling the acute symptoms and also treating the chronicity of allergy; thereby gradually stopping the recurrence of attacks. Homeopathic medicines work by desensitizing the overactive immune system in allergic rhinitis patients. Homeopathic medicines Natrum Mur, Sabadilla , Allium Cepa  lead the homeopathic table in treating allergic rhinitis and can treat both the acute as well Chronic nature of the disease. Allium  cepa and Aralea Racemosa  are  very effective in treating allergic rhinitis that occurs in spring . Lately, some medicines have been introduced in Homeopathy which have  been found to very effective in treating allergic rhinitis – they are Galphimia Glauca , Histaminum  and Luffa Operculata.

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It is spring time. There is so much of optimism in the air that people get frenzy. It is such a euphoric time in the year that people get eccentric while enjoying and find outrageous ways of doing it – Holi in India, Fallas in Spain and the Great Toad Derby (Toad race) in California. Spring all over the world is a time for celebrations and fairs, but for some this time is not so fair. Staying indoors is the only option. At times even this option also proves unsuccessful. It is time for the dreaded allergies to come up and pollen is the main cause. Though high pollen counts can affect numerous types of allergies, from eye allergies (conjunctivitis) to skin reactions (dermatitis), the most common spring allergy is allergic rhinitis (symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, nasal congestion or headaches) and asthma.

For those who suffer from allergies, their immune system has mistakenly learned to remember the pollen released by various plants as potentially harmful, and responds with the familiar allergic symptoms. The specific types of pollen and the time of their release depends upon the local climate and varies around the country.

Weather can influence the timing and severity of the problem. A mild winter often leads to a more severe pollen season. If the spring is warmer and wetter than usual, that can provoke more grass to grow earlier, leading to a more severe situation during the late spring and summer already been released out of the air. An important component of the allergy management plan is to go in for a thorough homoeopathic treatment, avoiding the pollens and molds that make you sneeze and wheeze.

Can such seasonal allergies be totally cured with homoeopathy? Yes, if one is able to get a good homoeopathic treatment. But as allergy is a thousand-headed monster, it may take two-three seasons before one can get completely cured.

Why should one use homoeopathy for treating allergies?

a) First of all, it prevents further deterioration as it is often the noted conditions such as allergic rhinitis that can progress into asthma. b) Safe treatment-homoeopathic medicines do not have any sedative effect as some of the other conventional drugs used to control allergy do. c) Non-toxic-homoeopathic medicines are highly diluted, thus there are no chances of developing drug-toxicity. d) The homoeopathic system uses the body’s own healing system to work for it.

Does homoeopathy believe in treating only the chronic state of allergies or are there medicines that can take care when one gets those acute flare-ups in spring?

The treatment is aimed at controlling both acute and chronic problems though a different set of medicines might be used to control the acute attacks of allergy. A constitutional approach is often the best way while treating the chronic state. Prescription based on a thorough analysis of a person’s physical and mental characteristics is what called as “constitutional approach” in homoeopathy. profile pic

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Effective Homeopathic Remedies For Sinus Headache

There are para nasal sinuses (air – filled spaces) located inside the cheek bones, forehead, behind the bridge of nose and between the eyes. These can get inflamed from infection or from allergies. As a result they swell, become congested with mucus and can not drain properly resulting in pressure build up and pain which is referred to as sinus headache. Homeopathic remedies for sinus headache offer a very natural, safe and effective treatment.

The sinus headache can be felt on one or both sides of the head. Additionally pain and pressure can be felt in any of the sinus areas like around the eyes and cheeks, bridge of the nose.

Sinus headaches and migraines are easily confused with each other due to similar symptoms like nasal congestion, nasal discharge, facial pain. However, sinus headache is not attended with nausea / vomiting which is present in migraine. Worsening of headache from noise and bright light is also a feature of migraine and not sinus headache. The duration of sinus headache is for many days together but migraines mostly last few hours or for one or two days.

CausesHomeopathic Remedies For Sinus Headache

They most commonly occur in case of inflamed para nasal sinus (sinusitis). These sinuses can get inflamed from infections or from allergies (hay fever). Sinus infections can lead to sinus headaches. The infections cause mucus build up in the sinuses and cause congestion and headache. The infections can occur from common cold; seasonal allergies; nasal polyps and deviated nasal septum that blocks drainage of mucus from sinus and favours growth of germs that inflame sinus.


Person having sinus headache may feel fullness pressure or pain in forehead, in cheeks, bridge of the nose or brows. The affected sinus area can also be tender to touch and red. The pain tends to get worse when first getting up out of bed, from moving your head suddenly and from leaning forward.

Its other symptoms include sinus infection like stuffy  nose, thick, green or yellow coloured mucus discharge from the nose, post nasal discharge (PND), swelling or puffiness of face, fever, aching in the upper jaw, fatigue. In case of infection of frontal sinus pain / pressure is felt in the forehead, above the eyes. In case of maxillary sinus involvement pain or pressure is felt in the cheek area. In ethmoidal sinusitis pain occurs between / behind the eyes, and the sides of the upper nasal area (medial canthi). When sphenoidal sinus is affected pain appears behind eyes, top of head or back of head.

Homeopathic Remedies For Sinus Headache

Homeopathic systems offer a very natural, safe and effective treatment for sinus headache cases. Homeopathic medicines help to relieve sinus headache by reducing the sinus congestion by treating the root cause behind it. It targets to treat the cause like infections, nasal allergies linked with sinus inflammation leading to sinus headache. These medicines are effective in both acute as well as chronic cases of sinus headache. Along with relieving the headache it also manages the attending nasal symptoms like stuffiness, nasal discharges , sneezing, post nasal discharge.    

  1. Belladonna – Top Grade Medicine 

This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. It is a very effective medicine for sinus headache. It works very well in cases of frontal and maxillary sinusitis. In cases needing it, the frontal headache is marked. A pressive sensation or pressure in the forehead is felt where it is required. This worsens on motion and stooping. It also worsens from going in the open air. Next symptom that indicates its use is swelling of the cheek with pain of burning nature. Face may be red with warmth. Pain in the jaw , especially tearing in nature may also be present.

  1. Kali Bichrome – For Headache, Nasal Blockage, Nasal Discharge, Post Nasal Discharge  

Kali Bichrome is another well indicated medicine for these cases. Persons needing it complain of headaches in the forehead especially over one of the eyes. They usually feel shooting pains over the eyebrow. Next they can complain of pain in the forehead in the morning on awaking. They feel distress, fullness, severe pain in frontal sinuses. With this they discharge from the eyes and nose. They also feel weak along with this and may also have fever. Another main symptom that they have is post nasal discharge.  Pain, tightness, fullness or pressure sensation at the root of the nose is also felt. With this they have a constant feeling of a stoppage of their nose. They may have a burning sensation in their nose. They may also feel a fetid smell in the nose. They feel their noses are constantly full of thick mucus. Discharge from the nose of tough, yellow or green color which is stringy, ropy or lumpy is passed. Sometimes there is discharge of crusts from the nose which are tinged with blood. Next they may have pain, shooting in nature in the cheeks mainly left sided. Pressure is also felt in the same region. This pain is also felt across the bridge of the nose.

  1. Silicea – For Pain in Forehead and Nasal Discharge

This is the next prominent medicine when pain is felt in the forehead. The pain for using this medicine is mostly throbbing, pulsating type. The pain may worsen from motion, stooping or cold air exposure. Wrapping up your head warmly gives relief. Along with the headache the head also feels very heavy. A major attending symptom is thick, green – yellow, offensive discharge from nose after getting up. Nose may feel stopped in the morning with this.

  1. Hepar Sulph – When There is Pain at Root of The Nose 

This medicine is particularly helpful when there is pain at the root of the nose. This pain is most felt in morning time. An attending symptom is a stoppage of the nose in the morning. Thick, offensive smelling discharge from nose can accompany. This discharge may be sometimes blood tinged. A heated sensation and burning is felt in nostrils. Nose is painful and sensitive to touch. Other than this there may be headaches over eyes. Headache worsens when shaking the head. 

  1. Natrum Mur – For Heaviness / Pain in Forehead with Sneezing, Nasal Discharge

It is a very important medicine when there is heaviness / pain in the forehead with sneezing and nasal discharge. A pressing sensation or a sensation of weight may also be felt in the forehead. This worsens from bending your head down. This sneezing is violent and worse in the early morning. The nasal discharge is watery and sometimes there is alteration between nasal discharge and nasal dryness. It’s a top listed medicine for nasal allergies.

  1. Hydrastis – For Frontal Headache

This medicine is prepared from the fresh root of the plant Hydrastis canadensis. This plant is commonly known as Golden Seal, Orange-root and Yellow Puccoon. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. This medicine offers great help in case of frontal headache over the eyes. A main accompanying symptom is dropping of mucus from back of nose into throat (post nasal discharge). In many cases the nose feels stuffed up. There is also discharge of thick, white, yellow or green tenacious, stringy mucus from the nose.

  1. Pulsatilla – For Pain in Maxillary Sinus (Cheek), Nasal Stuffiness and Thick Nasal Discharge

This medicine is prepared from plants named Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower or pasque flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is indicated when there is pain in maxillary sinus (located in cheeks), nasal stoppage and thick nasal discharge. The pain in maxillary sinus is tearing in nature that may extend into the ear. The nasal discharges are thick, yellow green coloured. They get worse indoors and get better in open air. In some cases requiring it dull, heavy sensation over frontal sinuses is also there. 

  1. Merc Sol – For Inflamed Frontal and Maxillary Sinus with Headache and  Fluent Nasal Discharge

This medicine is recommended for inflammation of frontal and maxillary sinus. Cases needing it present with headaches of pulsating kind in forehead. There is also pain in cheeks, and aching in jaws. Fluent nasal discharges are present with above symptoms. The discharge is acrid that causes rawness, soreness of nostrils. Sneezing is also there. 

  1. Sticta – For Pain in Forehead and Root of Nose, with Stuffy Nose

It is another significant medicine for sinus headache. The key indication for using it is pain in forehead, root of nose along with stuffy nose. Sometimes heaviness and pressure is felt in the forehead. The nasal obstruction gets worse at night. In cases needing it the nasal secretions dry quickly and form scabs and are difficult to be discharged. Excessive sneezing attends it.

  1. Bryonia – For Pain, Heaviness in Forehead Worsening from Stooping

This medicine is prepared from the root of a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is beneficial for persons who complain of pain, heaviness in the forehead specifically from stooping. It may also worsen from motion. Fullness or pressure may also be felt in the forehead where this medicine is needed. It is also indicated for pain in the back of the head. Last indication for its use is pain on top of head in the morning on waking. This pain is mostly throbbing.

  1. Kali Iodatum – For Pain Over Eyes and Watery Nasal Discharge

This medicine works well in cases where pain over the eyes is present along with watery discharge from the nose. The discharge is hot, acrid and worsens in cold air. The frontal sinuses are inflamed. Violent sneezing is also there. Tightness at the root of the nose is also felt.

  1. Gelsemium – For Pain Over Eyes and Back of Head

This medicine is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. Its use is suggested for cases presenting with pain over eyes and back of head. A sensation of band around the head accompanies. The nasal symptoms that occur with this are sneezing in early morning, fullness at the root of nose and thin watery nasal discharge.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Eye Allergy

The sudden appearance of symptoms including itchy, watery, and red eyes when eyes come in contact with an allergen is known as an eye allergy. An allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction in a person who is allergic to it, while is harmless to others. Euphrasia Officinalis, Natrum Mur, and Ambrosia Artemisiifolia are the top natural medicines for eye allergies that help treat and manage different types of allergies.

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Eye Allergies and Homeopathy.

Homeopathic Treatment for Eye Allergies

Homeopathy offers excellent help in cases of an eye allergy. Initially, it helps in treating acute symptoms of eye allergies. Following this, it aims to address the chronic tendency of eye allergies. The medicines used in the homeopathic system for managing eye allergies are of natural origin and treat allergies without any side effects.

Homeopathic Medicines for Eye Allergy

Euphrasia Officinalis – For Itchy, Watery, Red Eyes with Marked Burning Sensation

Euphrasia Officinalis is prepared from a plant commonly named eyebright belonging to natural order Scrophulariaceae. It offers a natural homeopathic cure in cases of eye allergies. The key features to use it are itchy and watery. The eyes are also markedly red. Burning and smarting in eyes is also intense. A sensation of having dust or sand in the eyes may be felt. Eyelids are swollen, and the eyes may be susceptible to light. It is highly useful for conjunctivitis. Fluent nasal discharge (of bland nature) often attend the above given eye symptoms.

Natrum Mur – For Itching and Burning in Eyes due to Eye Allergy

Natrum Mur works well in eye allergy when itching and burning in eyes is most marked. Along with this, the eyes become red. Eye discharges of acrid nature are present. Sand sensation in the eyes and swelling of eyelids are other features. Eyes are inflamed, and the eyelids may stick together (known as agglutination). Along with this sneezing, fluent coryza, nasal congestion is often present.

Ambrosia Artemisiifolia – For Eye Allergy with Marked Itching of Eyes

Ambrosia Artemisiifolia is a highly beneficial homeopathic remedy for eye allergy when there is marked itching in eyes is prominent. The itching is intense and intolerable. Watering from eyes is also there. Sneezing may attend. It is also indicated for ragweed allergy.

Allium Cepa – For eye allergies with marked nasal symptoms attending eye symptoms

Allium Cepa offers homeopathic treatment in eye allergies when nasal symptoms accompany eye symptoms. The primary eye symptom is bland, watery discharge from eyes. Eyes are also reddened. Swelling around the eyes is also present. The attending nasal symptoms are intense, frequent sneezing and coryza. There are profuse, fluent nasal discharges. The nasal discharges are acrid, burning, and excoriating in nature. Nasal discharges tend to irritate the skin on the upper lip.

Apis Mellifica – For eye allergies with excessively swollen eyelids

Apis Mellifica is indicated when eyelids are highly swollen, puffy from eye allergies. Along with this conjunctiva is bright red. There is hot, profuse lachrymation (flow of tears). Burning, scalding, biting and smarting sensation in eyes is there. Stinging sensation in eyes is also characteristic. Sticking of eyelids together may be seen. Eyes are also sensitive to light.

Pulsatilla Nigricans – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Eye Allergy with Thick Eye Discharges

Pulsatilla Nigricans is prepared from a plant windflower of the Ranunculaceae family. Its use is highly considered when there are thick eye discharges in eye allergy cases. The eye discharges are bland and usually yellow or green. The eyes also itch a lot. The person keeps on rubbing the eyes. Eyelids may be swollen too. Sand sensation in eyes also felt. Agglutination of eyes is also frequently noted in the morning.

Causes of Eye Allergies

An allergy in the eyes appears when the immune system of an allergic person identifies a harmless substance as a dangerous thing and overreacts to it. When eyes of such people come in contact with allergens, there is the release of chemicals including histamines producing allergic symptoms. Some examples of the allergens that can trigger eye allergies include – grass, weeds, pollens, dust mites, molds, pet danders, smoke, and perfumes. In some people, eye allergies may also arise from the use of eye drops, or cosmetics. Having a family history of allergies puts a person at risk to get eye allergies.

Symptoms of Eye Allergies

The main symptoms of eye allergies include itching in the eyes, watery eyes, redness of eyes, burning in eyes and swollen eyelids. People may usually experience accompanying nasal symptoms that include a runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing and itching in nostrils.
The symptoms of eye allergies appearing only during a particular time of year or a specific season are referred to as seasonal allergies. Triggers for seasonal allergies mainly include pollen, weeds, and grass, and these may be a reason for itchy eyes.
When the symptoms of eye allergies are present all year round, they are referred perennial allergies. Dust mites and animal danders are common causes of perennial allergy.

Common Eye Allergies

Main eye allergies include allergic conjunctivitis (seasonal and perennial), vernal keratoconjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, and contact allergic conjunctivitis.

Allergic conjunctivitis is of two types seasonal (arising in a particular season) and perennial (present all the year around). The symptoms include itchy, red eyes with watery discharge and burning in the eyes. The nasal symptoms that can accompany are a runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion.

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis is also known as spring catarrh. It usually occurs in young children and males are more affected by it. Eczema or asthma may be present in persons having this condition. Its symptoms are seen during the spring season, like itchy eyes, watering from eyes, thick stringy mucus discharge from eyes, sensitivity to light, papillae formation in eyelids and sensation of foreign body in eyes. Vision impairment can occur if it is left untreated.

Atopic keratoconjunctivitis is the inflammation of both the conjunctiva and cornea. It usually affects older patients. A history of allergic dermatitis may be present. Symptoms of atopic keratoconjunctivitis include severe itchy, burning, red eyes, thick mucus discharge from eyes that may cause the eyelids to stick together. If left untreated or not managed well, permanent scarring of the cornea can occur, causing visual changes.

Contact allergic conjunctivitis is a result of irritation by contact lenses or from the proteins in tears that tend to bind to the surface of the lens.

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Nasal Allergy treatment with homeopathy

Allergies are fast emerging as a major threat to our health. There are three basic reasons why one should prefer homeopathy for this problem.

One, it is the most natural and safest treatment. As it is based on the principle of ”like cures like” it forms a natural way of conditioning our healing responses also. The substances used in homoeopathy are in a highly diluted state and they act very safely – without any side-effect. Two, as it is a natural form of medication it does not suppress the disease. Three, the beneficial effects achieved with homeopathic medicines are lasting and do not vanish once the treatment is stopped.

What is allergic rhinitis?

It is nasal allergy which is also referred to as hay fever. This mostly affects our nasal path (nose tract) and the conjunctiva of the eyes. Its symptoms are frequent sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, congestion, and itchy eyes, nose, and roof of the mouth or the throat.

Allergic rhinitis is like any other allergy. The only difference is that the fight between the antigen and the antibodies takes place in the nose, eyes, etc.

As we breathe, we take in many substances along with the air. Substances such as pollens, animal dander and smoke (allergens), for some individuals, are countered by the body’s own defence system in our nose. They are attacked by the already developed antibodies in our system. This is called an allergic reaction, which also results in the release of an inflammatory chemical called histamine. It causes the swelling of the mucous membranes in our nose, sinuses and eyes, leading to a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.

The most common allergens are pollens (released by trees, grasses or weeds.), animal dander, dust mites, molds, dust and smoke. For those who have seasonal allergies, pollens are the main culprit, and for those who suffer all the year around animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches and molds are the culprits.

But it is actually no fault of the person who suffers from this allergy. It is your body’s own watchdogs that have (by mistake) started fighting the substances that are not at all harmful to you. The hereditary factor plays a major role. If one of your parents is suffering from any kind of allergy the chances are that you would also develop an allergy of some sorts. If both parents suffer from allergy, the risk for you to develop allergy is 70 per cent.

The homeopathic medicines used in treating allergic rhinitis are Sabadilla, Natrum Mur, Arundo, Allium Cepa, Histaminum and Wyethia. Another medicine that has been introduced and has a great role in treating allergic rhinitis is Glaphimia Glauca. The medicines mentioned are for information only. Self-medication can be harmful.

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Nasal Allergies In Autumn


Are you sneezing dozens of time in a day? Is your nose dripping like water from a tap? Are you getting itchy and watery eyes and all of this has been there since the last few days or weeks? If yes, than it is probably due to the fact that you are suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis or autumn allergy. This kind of upper respiratory allergy develops due to the increased presence of allergens (allergy causing substances like pollen etc.) in the environment during the months of September to early November. An extension of this kind of allergy occurs in the months of April and May.

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5 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Allergic Rhinitis

Are you suffering from frequent sneezing attacks, runny nose and itchy eyes? If yes, then you are suffering from allergic rhinitis, simply called nasal allergy. Also known as hay fever, this condition sometimes causes breathing problems and is then called hay asthma. Homeopathic medicines can provide significant relief to those who suffer from allergic rhinitis not only temporarily but also a long-term cure for nasal allergy.

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Allergic Rhinitis

The top five homeopathic medicines to treat allergic rhinitis are Natrum Mur, Sabadilla, Arsenic Album, Allium Cepa and Arundo Mauritanica. Two medicines that require a special mention in homeopathy are Galphima Glauca and Histaminum. Both of them have been lately introduced in homeopathy and have done wonders in treating the acute symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

1. Natrum MurTop-grade medicine

It is the leading homeopathic medicine for treating allergic rhinitis. It covers nearly all the problem areas and is the most widely used homeopathic medicine for treating nasal allergy. Violent sneezing and runny nose is the foremost guiding symptom to put it into use. The nasal discharge is thin and watery resembling the raw white of an egg. This discharge may flow for a day or two followed by nasal blockage which makes breathing difficult. Frequent sneezing occurs early in the morning and a sensation of a small worm wriggling in the nostril is felt. Loss of smell and taste may also be noted.

When  Should one use Natrum Mur?

It is the first choice of every homeopath for treating almost every case of allergic rhinitis. Whenever a person is having intense sneezing and runny nose, this medicine can be given without a second thought. It is suitable for persons of all age groups .

2. Sabadilla – for complaints worsening from strong smells

It is a natural medicine sourced from seeds of Cebadilla plant. It is used when a person is oversensitive to strong smells.  The most noteworthy symptom to use this medicine is marked sneezing, along with runny nose which gets worse with strong odors, for example, perfume. It is followed by watering and redness in the eyes. Stuffed nose may sometimes add to your woes.

When to use Sabadilla?

Sabadilla can be given to persons who have a runny nose after exposure to strong odors e.g. perfume, along with sneezing .

3. Arsenic Albumfor watery nasal discharge with a burning sensation

Though placed at number three, it is equally effective as the above-mentioned two medicines. The only difference is that it is prescribed by a homeopath based on different symptoms. It is recommended when there is thin watery nasal discharge that causes a burning sensation in the nose, and excoriation which means peeling away of the skin of the nostrils. It is accompanied by sneezing. The patient’s condition worsens in the open air, but feels better indoors. Sometimes, you might have a stuffy nose along with the above-mentioned symptoms.

When and how to use Arsenic Album?

This medicine can be used when watery discharge flows from the nose that causes burning sensation and excoriation (damage or peeling of skin) in nostrils, along with sneezing. Use of this medicine is recommended in both low and high potencies. In the beginning, one may use 30C potency once or twice a day. For using high potencies, prior consultation with homeopathic physician is a must.

4. Allium Cepa for irritating, burning nasal discharge and non- irritating  eye discharge

The most pressing indication to use this medicine is profuse, watery irritating burning nasal discharge and copious, non-irritating eye discharge. In severe cases, the nasal discharge burns and corrodes (damages) the nose and upper lips due to acidic nature. It is accompanied by sneezing. Allium is also recommended when sneezing and nasal discharge worsen on entering a warm room and get better in open air. It is also effective when intense sneezing occurs on rising from bed. When nasal allergy worsens in spring or early in the month of August, Allium Cepa is the most extensively used remedy.

When and how to use Allium Cepa?

Nasal discharge that causes burning, corroding in nose and upper lip, with non–irritating eye discharge is the classic indicator to use this medicine. This medicine can also be used in both low and high potencies. It is safe to use it in 30 C potency in the beginning, once a day to thrice a day depending on the severity of symptoms, but for high potencies like 200 C or more, prior consultation with homeopathic physician is strictly advised.

5. Arundo Mauritanica – for itching in nostrils, with sneezing

The most outstanding symptom pointing to its use is itching in nostrils and sneezing. Itching of palate (roof of mouth) and eyes is also felt along with burning sensation.

When and how to use Arundo?

The key symptom is itching in nostrils with intense sneezing. It can be taken two to three times a day in 30C power.

Note Whenever taking any of these medicines, you may continue for about 2 to 3 weeks. If symptoms persist or you wish to continue any of these medicines beyond 3 weeks, it is strictly advised to seek consultation from a homeopathic physician. Also, do not take high potencies without consulting a homeopathic doctor.

What causes allergic rhinitis?

It is a part of the reaction of the body to a misdirected defense response from the body. This occurs when the body’s own defense cells called antibodies start attacking substances like pollen, wheat threshing dust, dust, etc. In other words, the body’s defense cells, which are meant to fight micro-organisms like bacteria and viruses, start attacking substances like pollen which are otherwise harmless to our body. This interaction between the defense cells (antibodies) and substances like pollen, wheat threshing dust (antigens), etc. results in the production of a substance, histamine, which is responsible for all local symptoms produced during allergies.

What are the symptoms?

Some symptoms arise immediately after exposure to the allergen and some of the symptoms may develop later. Its pertinent to mention here that symptoms of allergic rhinitis are not life-threatening but can seriously affect the quality of one’s life. The symptoms may occur only in a particular season or all the year around, which depends on the type of allergic rhinitis.

Following symptoms arise immediately on exposure to allergen:

– sneezing that can range from a few to many

–  profuse watery discharge from the nose

– itching in the nose, eyes, roof of the mouth and throat

– watery, red eyes

Following symptoms may occur later:

– blocked stuffy nose

– cough

– sore, scratchy throat

– headache

– blockage in ears

– reduced sense of smell

– fatigue, irritability, feeling ill

– difficulty in breathing in some patients

-dark under-eye circles

What are the two types of allergic rhinitis?

The two types include seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis

It occurs during a particular time of the year i.e. in spring, summer and early fall. It occurs from response to outdoor allergens like pollen. It occurs during this time because pollen count is high with trees and weeds in full bloom.

Perennial allergic rhinitis

Its symptoms can occur throughout the year. It happens from exposure to indoor allergens like dust mites and pet dander. The symptoms may worsen in winter when time spent indoors increases.

 How homeopathy helps in curing allergic rhinitis?

In allergic rhinitis, homeopathic medicines work by optimizing the overactive immune system. Homeopathic medicines provide a stimulus (in a highly diluted form) to the body similar to what the trigger or allergen would have produced, leading to the gradual desensitization of the immune system. Homeopathic medicines used for treating allergic rhinitis mainly come from plants or organic substances. So, they do not have any side-effects and help in recovering naturally.

 What are the common allergens that trigger nasal allergy?

The common allergens that can trigger nasal allergy are as follows:

–   different kinds of pollen (powder coming from flowering plants): Tree pollen, grass pollen

–  weeds

–  mites in the dust inside our homes

–  mold

–  animal dander (tiny flakes shed from skin) from pets like dogs, cats

–  wood dust

Allergic rhinitis occurs from allergies but there are certain external factors that can trigger or aggravate allergic rhinitis. Some of these include strong smells like perfumes, cigarette smoke, wind, cold temperature, wood smoke and fumes.

 Who is at risk?

Though anyone can suffer from it, those having a family history of allergic rhinitis or some other allergies are at more risk. People who have atopic eczema and asthma are also highly prone.

Is allergic rhinitis contagious?

No, it is not contagious. It means it does not spread from one person to another via inhalation of respiratory droplets from the person suffering from allergic rhinitis.

How to know if it is allergic rhinitis, cold or flu?

Many people tend to confuse allergic rhinitis with cold or flu due to some similar symptoms. Here are some points to differentiate between these two conditions.

– In allergic rhinitis, sneezing and thin clear watery nasal discharge and symptom may last for many weeks, longer (even all the year around) than a cold.

– In allergic rhinitis, itching in the nose, throat, eyes, mouth is common and fever is absent. Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction and not contagious. However, in case of cold or flu, the nasal discharge tends to be thick and a person can also have fever. Sneezing and sore throat may also occur. In most of the cases, cold happens from a virus and it is contagious. It lasts from 3 days to a week and in extreme cases, not more than two weeks.

Can allergic rhinitis lead to any complications?

Yes, sometimes a few complications can arise from allergic rhinitis. These include development of asthma or worsening of asthma, frequent sinus infections, frequent ear infections. The symptoms may cause poor sleep or inability to sleep at night.

Can hay fever be prevented?

Though allergic rhinitis cannot be prevented but some preventive measures can help reduce the intensity of its symptoms. These are as follows:

– During seasons when pollen is in the air,  prefer staying indoors as much as possible

– When pollen count is high, keep the windows closed

– Wash hands immediately after handling pets

– Change clothes or take shower as soon you come home after being outdoors

– Use dust and mite-proof bedding covers

– Use air conditioner to decrease amount of allergens in the air

Role of Vitamin D in managing allergic rhinitis symptoms

According to a research paper published in Asia Pacific allergy journal (The role of Vitamin D in allergic rhinitis), decreased levels of Vitamin D worsens allergic rhinitis symptoms. Vitamin D controls or modulate defense cells (over-activation of which increases allergic rhinitis symptoms), so vitamin D levels are very important to treat allergic rhinitis.

As per research paper European Respiratory Journal, in persons with low vitamin D levels, the symptoms of allergic rhinitis were severe. A trial was done in which placebo (plain non medicated pills) was given to 50 pc of the persons who participated in the trial and the rest 50 pc were given oral vitamin D (chole-calciferol 1000 IU) for thirty days.

It was seen that there was significant reduction in the symptoms of allergic rhinitis in those who were given vitamin D supplement but symptoms persisted in those who received placebo.

In a similar experiment by the Pediatric Department of University of Lordz in Poland, a trial was done on children.  It was seen that in children who received vitamin D 1000 IU daily, there was significant reduction in allergy symptoms.

From the above-mentioned papers, it is clearly evident that vitamin D 1000 IU daily during allergy period can offer significant relief.


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Top 3 Natural Homeopathic Medicines for Pollen Allergy

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The sudden appearance of symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes as a result of inhaling pollens is known as a pollen allergy. An inflammatory response against the pollen grains is triggered by the immune system of a person allergic to pollen. Of the many substances that can cause a seasonal allergy, pollens remain one of the most common triggers. Pollen is a powdery substance produced by flowers, weeds, trees, and grass. Most trees produce pollen during the spring season; flowers and grasses produce pollen during the summertime, and late-blooming plants like ragweed produce pollen around late summer and early autumn. Homeopathic medicine for allergy caused by pollen grains can treat acute allergic reactions, as well as chronic allergic tendencies.

The pollens are spread by the wind and other means to fertilize plants of the same species. All of us tend to inhale pollens while breathing, and they don’t cause any problem for most of us. However, people who are allergic to pollen grains show the symptoms of an allergy. A pollen allergy is also known as Hay fever, and it usually subsides with the onset of cold weather.

Symptoms of a Pollen Allergy

Since every plant has its own pollinating period, the symptoms of pollen allergies are triggered when the particular plant is producing pollen. A person who is allergic to a specific type of pollen will develop allergic symptoms only when exposed to that particular pollen. The main symptoms of a pollen allergy include:

– A runny nose

– Sneezing

Stuffy or blocked nose

– Watery, itchy, red, swollen eyes

– Itchy, scratchy throat

– Cough

Asthmatic reaction with wheezing, breathlessness, and coughing

– Worsening of sinusitis complaint

Homeopathic Remedies for Pollen Allergy

Homeopathic medicines can effectively treat an acute allergic reaction and also work well to manage the chronic tendency towards pollen allergy. With the use of homeopathic treatment, the intensity and occurrence of the symptoms gradually decrease with every attack.
Antihistamines are most commonly used to treat allergic reactions in the conventional system of medicine. While they help deal with an acute allergic reaction, they only work on a short-term, temporary basis. Excessive use of these medications can cause side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, restlessness, nausea, and confusion.
Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, have no side effects. They help moderate the overactive immune system and are a safe, natural treatment for seasonal pollen allergies.

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Seasonal Pollen Allergy

Natrum Mur – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Pollen Allergy

Natrum Mur is a top listed homeopathic medicine for allergy caused by pollen grains. The person needing the medicine has a watery discharge from the nose and eyes. Along with this, violent sneezing (that is worse early in the morning) appears. Natrum Mur is also indicated when there is an alternating runny nose with a stuffy nose. Tickling in the throat along with a cough may also be present.

Key indications for using Natrum Mur for Allergy:

– Watery discharge from nose and eyes
– Early morning sneezing
– Alternate runny and stuffy nose

Sabadilla Officinalis – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Violent Sneezing

Sabadilla Officinalis is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the cevadilla seed that belongs to the natural order Melanthaceae. It is an effective homeopathic medicine for allergy caused by pollen grains. The main characteristic feature that indicates the need for this remedy is violent, spasmodic sneezing followed by eye discharges. Along with this, itching and tickling sensations in the nose are present, which the person tends to rub excessively. Running nose with copious watery discharge, severe pain in the head in the frontal area, and obstruction of nostrils on alternate sides may also be present.

Key indications for using Sabadilla for Allergy:

-Violent sneezing
– Sneezing with itching, tickling in the nose
– Frontal pain in head

Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Copious Nasal Discharge

Arsenic Album is a well-indicated homeopathic medicine for pollen allergy with profuse watery nasal discharge and sneezing. The discharges are frequent and cause an itching, burning sensation in the nose. Acrid discharges can irritate the upper lip. The symptoms tend to get worse in the open air while staying indoors helps relieve the symptoms.

Key Indications for using Arsenic for Allergy:

– Copious watery discharge from the nose with sneezing
– Acrid, burning, excoriating nasal discharge
– Worsening of symptoms outdoors

Allium Cepa – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Sneezing and Watery Eyes

Allium Cepa is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from a plant called ‘red onion’ that belongs to the natural order Liliaceae. Sneezing with a runny nose and watery eyes are the main guiding symptoms to use Allium Cepa. The nasal discharges are acrid, burning and copious, with constant sneezing. Sneezing tends to worsen upon entering a warm room. A crawling, tingling, itching sensation in nostrils and itching in the throat is present. Allium Cepa is also indicated for cases where there is violent sneezing immediately upon rising from the bed. This medicine works well to treat pollen allergies and hay fever that appear during the spring season.

Key indications for using Allium Cepa for Allergy:

-Acrid, burning nasal discharge
– Bland eye discharge
– Hay fever in Spring

Euphrasia Officinalis – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Itchy, Watery Eyes

Homeopathic medicine Euphrasia Officinalis is prepared from the plant called ‘Eyebright.’ It belongs to the family of Scrophulariaceae. It is used to treat pollen allergy which causes symptoms like itchy, watery eyes and coryza (inflammation of the mucous membrane). The eye discharges are profuse and acrid. The discharges cause burning, biting, smarting, and scalding in the eyes. Eyes get red along with swelling of lids. Watery, profuse discharge from the nose (bland in nature) are noted. In some cases, fluent coryza during the day and obstruction of the nose at night is present. A cough and expulsion of phlegm may appear in the morning.

Key indications for using Euphrasia for Allergies:

– Profuse, acrid, burning eye discharges
– Red, itchy eyes
– Profuse watery nasal discharges

Other Important Homeopathic Medicines for Pollen Allergy

Arsenic Iod – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Burning Nasal Discharge

Arsenic Iod is an effective homeopathic medicine for pollen allergy with burning nasal discharge. Thin, watery, hot discharge drips from the nose. The discharge tends to cause soreness and redness of the upper lip. Irritation, tingling of the nose with a constant desire to sneeze is present. Irritating watery secretions and marked burning and smarting in eyes are also noted.

Arum Triphyllum – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Nasal Discharge and Stuffy Nose

Arum Triphyllum is a homeopathic medicine prepared from Indian turnip that belongs to the family Araceae. Fluent acrid discharge from the nose with a blocked nose, increased mouth breathing, raw and sore nostrils, irritated upper lip from the discharge, pain at the root of the nose and night sneezing are the indicating symptoms of this remedy.

Arundo Mauri – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Itching in Nostrils, Palate, and Eyes

Homeopathic medicine Arundo Mauri is prepared from Italian grass of the natural order Gramineae. Itching in nostrils, palate (roof of the mouth), and eyes are the key indications to use this medicine. Coryza and sneezing, loss of smell and prickling and burning in the eyes may also be present.

Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Wheezing

Arsenic Album is a homeopathic remedy used to treat pollen allergy with difficulty in breathing, wheezing in the chest (asthmatic complaint), suffocation and shortness of breath. Breathing is quick, short and anxious. The person cannot breathe adequately. Tightness, constriction, and oppression in the chest are present. The symptoms may get worse at midnight. A cough with thick, yellow-green mucus, sneezing with burning, biting, copious watery coryza is present. The nose may feel blocked, and the person may feel anxious and restless.

Wyethia – Homeopathic Medicine for allergy with Itching Palate and Dry, Hacking Cough

Wyethia is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the root of plant wyethia helenoides of the natural order Compositae. The characteristic features to use it are itching of palate and dry, hacking cough. It is also indicated for cases with itching inner canthi of eyes and allergic asthma.

Aralia Racemosa – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Frequent Sneezing

Aralia Racemosa is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from the plant American Spikenard. It belongs to the natural order Araliaceae. It is used to treat pollen allergy accompanied by frequent sneezing and watery discharges from the nose.

Allium Cepa – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy during Spring

Allium Cepa is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from red onion of natural order Liliaceae. Allium Cepa is prominently indicated homeopathic medicine for pollen allergy in the spring season. The symptoms include fluent watery discharge from the nose, sneezing and watery eyes. The nasal discharge is copious and acrid, causing burning in the nose. Sneezing tends to worsen upon entering a warm room. Crawling, tingling, itching sensation in the nostrils is present. Itching in the throat is also present.

Dulcamara – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy from Fresh Mown Grass

Dulcamara is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the plant ‘Woody Nightshade.’ It belongs to the natural order Solanaceae. It is used to pollen allergy caused by freshly mown grass. The person needing this medicine may have profuse watery nasal discharges or nasal blockage. Watery discharge from the nose tends to get worse in the open air. Constant sneezing, abundant watering from the eyes, and swelling of eyes are some other symptoms.

Ambrosia – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy from Ragweed

Ambrosia is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from the ‘Roman Wormwood’ plant of the family Composite. It is an excellent homeopathic medicine to combat pollen allergy caused by ragweed. The characteristic features arising include watery eyes and intolerable itching of eyelids. Burning and smarting in eyes is also present. A feeling of stuffiness in the nose with a watery nasal discharge is present. Violent sneezing that can cause nosebleeds may occur. Sinus congestion along with a tickling cough is another accompanying feature. Ambrosia is also used as a preventive measure for ragweed allergies, and its use is recommended before the ragweed season.

Galphimia Glauca – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Burning Discharges from Eyes and Nose

Galphimia Glauca is a significant homeopathic medicine for pollen allergy prepared from the plant ‘Galphimia Glauca,’ of the natural order Malpighiaceae. Dried leaves and flowers of this plant are used for medicinal preparation. It is indicated for burning discharges from the eyes and nose. Sneezing also appears to worsen in the morning. Itching in eyes (especially in the morning) and swelling of the eyelids is also noted.

Histaminum – Homeopathic Medicine for Pollen Allergy

Histaminum is an effective homeopathic medicine for treating pollen allergy. It helps reduce the hypersensitivity of the immune system. Histaminum helps in controlling symptoms of pollen allergy, like sneezing, runny nose, and congestion. It also helps in asthmatic conditions arising from allergies.

Justicia Adhatoda – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Sneezing Fits and Watery Eyes

Justicia Adhatoda is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the fresh leaves of the plant Malabar Nut of natural order Acanthaceae. Fits of sneezing with watery eyes are the main indicative symptoms of using this medicine. Profuse coryza (inflammation of mucous membranes), loss of smell and paroxysmal (sudden, intense) coughing with tightness in chest and difficulty in breathing are some other indicating symptoms.

Luffa Operculata – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Stuffy Nose and Sneezing

Luffa Operculata is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the Cabacinha plant (also known as Esponjilla). The natural order of this plant is Cucurbitaceae. This medicine is used for pollen allergy with a stuffy nose and sneezing. Sometimes, a bland nasal discharge may be present. Burning, itching at the outer corners of the eyes, nasal polyps (non-cancerous growths inside the nose) and sinusitis complaints may also be present.

Cardiospermum – Homeopathic Medicine for Allergy with Sneezing in the Morning

Cardiospermum is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the Ballon Vine plant. Its natural order is Sapindaceae. It is mainly used in cases of pollen allergy when sneezing appears in the morning upon waking. Itchy, watery eyes, obstruction of the nose, sinus congestion and a dry throat with scratchiness may arise along with other symptoms.

Causes of Pollen Allergies

The most common cause of pollen allergies is, of course, pollen grains spread by plants. The common sources of pollens include grass, trees, and weeds.

Grass – The common grass species that tend that cause pollen allergies include ryegrass, Timothy, and Bermuda. The pollination periods of these grasses are different, and a person allergic to a specific type of grass pollen will develop allergies in the corresponding season.
Ryegrass produces pollen throughout Spring to Fall, while Timothy produces pollen during the months of June and July. Bermuda produces pollen from May to September.

Trees – The common trees that are known to cause pollen allergy are birch, oak, and cedar. The pollinating period of these trees during the Spring season.

Weeds – The common weeds that tend to trigger allergies are ragweed and sagebrush. The peak levels of pollen production of ragweed are around mid-September. The pollinating period of sagebrush is mid-August to late September.

Pollen Count

The pollen count is defined as the amount of pollen present in the air at a given place. It is calculated over a period of 24 hours as the number of grains per square meter of air. On the basis of this calculation, the pollen count is divided into high, medium, low, or absent. It includes three types of pollen including weeds, grasses, and trees, as well as mold spores.
The pollen count affects the symptoms of a pollen allergy. A low pollen count does not affect too many people (except for those who are highly sensitive), while a medium-to-high number can give rise to allergic symptoms.
The pollen count in the local area can be checked online through National websites that are updated daily.

The Mechanism of a Pollen Allergy

When an allergen (like pollen) enters the body of a person with a sensitive immune system, it triggers the production of antibodies to fight the foreign particles. These antibodies are small proteins that lock onto the pollen grains, and they also bind to other white blood cells.
The next time pollen enters the nose; these cells break open to release histamine, which is a chemical released by the body to direct an inflammatory response against the foreign bodies. A large amount of histamine released causes itching, swelling of affected tissues, mucus production, muscle spasms, and other symptoms of an allergy.

Preventing Pollen Allergies

Preventing exposure to the allergens is the best way to deal with pollen allergies, especially during the high-allergy seasons. Some measures that can help prevent and manage a pollen allergy include:

Stay informed about the pollen count in your area and avoid exposure to the allergens on high and medium pollen count days. Those who are extremely prone to developing an allergic reaction should be careful even during low pollen counts.

Know your Allergens – Ask an allergist and observe for yourself the allergens that set off your allergies. Avoid exposure to those allergens, especially during the peak allergy season, and take measures to ensure that the allergy does not get triggered.

When the pollen counts are high, it is best to remain indoors in an air-conditioned environment with closed windows.

If you are planning to be outdoors while the allergy season is on, try to be outdoors when the pollen counts are low. Usually, plants pollinate between 5 am to 9 am, so early morning outdoor activities should be avoided. Walking a dog during these hours is also not advised since animals can trap pollen on their fur. Pollen also tends to flow more through the air on windy days.

Using masks to filter out pollen when outdoors is a good way to prevent exposure to the allergens.

Pollen grains can follow you into the house through the clothes, hair, and pets. Changing clothes and showering immediately upon returning home is strongly advised.

Sunglasses should be used to keep the pollen out of the eyes. Eyes irritated by allergies are also more sensitive to light, so sunglasses help prevent further exposure.

Indoor plants that produce pollen are often overlooked. These include ornamental grasses, shrubs, and trees. These should ideally not be kept in the house.

Apart from the allergens, it is also essential to control the irritants that trigger allergic reactions or make their symptoms worse.
Not smoking in the house, avoiding wood fires, and avoiding strong odors off of sprays, paints, disinfectants, and perfumes are some methods to reduce the number of irritants.

Pollen allergies should be treated promptly, especially in acute cases. Where required, prescription medications and antihistamines should be taken to control a severe allergic flare up. However, overuse of conventional medicines like decongestant sprays can cause further problems (like an allergy rebound) and should be used very sparingly. Homeopathic remedies for pollen allergy work particularly well to treat chronic conditions.


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Hay fever Attacks Troubling You? Homeopathic Medicines for Hay Fever are the Best Bet

 Hay-Fever-Homeopathic-remediesHay fever is an allergic disorder which is caused due to an exaggerated response of the immune system to allergic substances or allergens. It is also known as “Allergic rhinitis” and has symptoms similar to the common cold; however, they often last for more than two weeks and typically do not include fever. Signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis are running nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, stuffy nose, and eye irritation. Other eye symptoms include red, itchy and watery eyes, as in allergic conjunctivitis. Homeopathic medicines for hay fever enjoy an edge over other conventional treatment due to their holistic approach to healing. While the conventional treatment includes antihistamines and steroids, having very harmful side-effects, especially on children and elderly persons, homeopathic medicines are safer as they are made of natural substances.

Persons having hay fever are more likely to contract asthma or eczema (allergic dermatitis) in comparison to others. Hay fever is mainly of two types – seasonal and perennial. The seasonal type is that which occurs during a particular season when specific plants pollinate, while that which occurs throughout the year is perennial. People with perennial hay fever are allergic to one or more allergens (mostly indoors). These symptoms call for a recourse to a safe and non-toxic line of treatment that homeopathic medicines assure. 

The most useful homeopathic medicines for hay fever are Arsenic Album, Allium Cepa, Sabadilla, Natrum Mur and Kali Bichromium.

Merits of homeopathic medicines for treating hay fever

In hay fever, the immune system overreacts to the allergens present in the air. As with other allergies, it is a result of your own immune system mistaking a harmless substance as a harmful one and releasing chemicals that cause the symptoms. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate a self-healing response from the person’s own immune system. The main goal of the treatment provided by homeopathy is to strengthen rather than weaken the immune system. Homeopathic medicines optimize the overactive immune system so that complete healing is more likely to occur.

Top Remedies for hay fever

The best homeopathic medicine for hay fever with thin, watery and excoriating discharge is Arsenic Album. When hay fever sets in every August, during spring, Allium Cepa is the most suited homeopathic medicine. Another remarkable homeopathic medicine Sabadilla is used often in spasmodic sneezing with a running nose; dry itching, tickling in the nose, rubs or picks at it. For hay fever with nasal obstruction, with distress and fullness at the root of the nose, Kali Bichromium is a good remedy.

Treating Hay Fever in Spring with Homeopathy:

The most indicated homeopathic medicines for hay fever occurring during the spring season are Allium Cepa and Gelsemium. When hay fever occurs with every change of weather, especially spring, along with sneezing early in the morning, homeopathic medicine Gelsemium is recommended. Allium Cepa is effective for hay fever occurring in spring with profuse watery discharges and sneezing, especially when entering a warm room.

Remedies for Hay Fever Occurring Annually:

The top-grade homeopathic medicines for hay fever occurring annually are Psorinum and Kali Phosphoricum. Psorinum is most indicated when the hay fever is returning regularly every year. Kali phosphoricum is another helpful homeopathic medicine for hay fever accompanied with violent sneezing and nervous irritability. These both are used as prophylactic medicines for hay fever.

Treating Hay Fever in Asthmatic People:

The best indicated homeopathic medicines for hay fever in persons having asthma are Allium Cepa, Arsenic Album, and Iodum. Hay fever that was suppressed by antihistamines that went into the lungs is treated well with Allium Cepa. Arsenic Album is used for hay fever in persons suffering from asthmatic asthma worsened during sleep and asthma from suppressed eruptions. Another wonderful medicine used for asthmatic persons who breathe heavily when quiet, and suffer shortness of breath on the least exertion or talking is Iodum.

Natural Medicines for Hay Fever with Running Nose:

The most effective homeopathic medicines for hay fever with running nose are Ambrosia, Sabadilla and Arsenic Album. Ambrosia acts well when a person has running, watery nose along with nose bleeding. Another wonderful medicine Sabadilla is effective for fluent coryza, worsened from the odor of flowers, even thinking of flowers increases the discharge. Thin, watery, excoriating discharges from the nose are treated well with homeopathic medicine Arsenic Album.

Natural Treatment of Hay Fever with Sneezing:

The most remarkable homeopathic medicines for hay fever with sneezing are Sabadilla, Cepa, and Camphor. Sabadilla is the most indicated homeopathic medicine when sneezing is markedly present. If sneezing gets worse when coming into a warm room, while rising from bed or handling peaches, Cepa is the best homeopathic medicine. Camphor is most effective in persons who are very sensitive to cold, inhaled air that seems to be cold.

Remedies for Hay Fever with Nasal Blockage:

The effective homeopathic medicines for hay fever accompanied with nasal blockage are Ammonium Carbonicum, Arum triphyllum, and Nux Moschata. Ammonium Carbonicum acts well when a stoppage occurs during the night with long coryza and a continuing urge to sneeze is present. Arum Triphyllum is helpful for nasal blockage with soreness of the nostrils, constant picking at the nose until it bleeds, especially in children. When the nose is dry and blocked and the person has to breathe through the mouth, Nux moschata is the most well indicated homeopathic medicine.

Medicines for Hay Fever with Itching:

The marked homeopathic medicines for hay fever having itching are Arundo and Wyethia. Arundo is effective for hay fever with annoying itching present in the nostrils and roof of the mouth, while when itching is present in the posterior areas homeopathic medicine Wyethia is another wonderful medicine.

Homeopathy for Hay Fever Accompanied by Eye Symptoms:

Homeopathic medicines for hay fever accompanied with eye symptoms are Ruta, Euphrasia and Allium Cepa. Pain and irritation, and foreign body sensation in the eyes are treated well with homeopathic medicine Ruta. Euphrasia is an excellent homeopathic medicine for hay fever when the eyes water all the time. Acrid lachrymation and bland coryza are treated by Euphrasia. When tears from the eyes are bland and nasal discharges are acrid; homeopathic medicine Allium Cepa is prominently indicated.

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