ALLERGIC RHINITIS AND HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT
Are suffering from frequent sneezing attacks, constant runny nose, and itchy eyes during this weather? If yes, then you are suffering from nasal allergy or allergic rhinitis. This time of the year (April-may) i.e. early summers, is not a good time for those who suffer from nasal allergies. Pollen levels are high during this weather and also this is the time for harvesting and threshing of wheat in the farms. Allergy to wheat threshing dust is very common and causes symptoms similar to pollen allergy.
Nasal allergy, hay fever, allergic rhinitis, pollinosis are the names that are often used to describe this condition. This condition at times gets complicated with breathing problem and is called as hay asthma. Homeopathic medicines can provide a great treatment for those who suffer from such seasonal allergic conditions .The treatment with homeo medicines not only provides a short term relief but also a long term cure from nasal allergy.
The main symptoms of allergic rhinitis are profuse watery discharge from the nose and at times from the eyes; sneezing can range from few to hundreds per day. Itching in the nose, eyes, roof of the mouth and throat may also be present. Difficulty in breathing may also be present in some patients. At times mild fever may accompany the above mentioned symptoms of allergy. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are not life threatening but can seriously affect the quality of one’s life.
Nasal allergy or Allergic rhinitis is a consequence of a misdirected defence response from the body. This occurs when the body’ own defence cells called as antibodies start attacking substances like pollen, wheat thrashing dust etc . In other words the body’s defence cells which are meant to fight micro-organisms like bacteria’s and viruses, start attacking substances like pollens which are otherwise harmless for our body. This interaction between the defence cells (antibodies) and substances like pollens wheat threshing dust (antigens), results in the production of a substance called as histamine which is responsible for all the local symptoms produced during allergies.
Homeopathic medicines work by optimizing the overactive immune system. Homeopathic medicines provide a stimulus (in a highly diluted form) to the body like that of the trigger or allergen leading to the gradual desensitization of the immune system. Homeopathic medicines used for treating allergies mainly come from the plants or substances that in their raw form are usually responsible for causing allergy-like symptoms.
The following homoeopathic medicines are found to be very useful in treating Allergic rhinitis. Natrum mur , Arsenic Album, Sabadilla, Allium Cepa and Aralea racemosa. Natrum Mur and Arsenic album lead the homeopathic medicine table in treating allergic rhinitis. Both of them treat nearly all aspects of allergic rhinitis and are most widely used homeopathic medicine for treating nasal allergy. Sabadilla is indicated in patients who are usually very sensitive to cold and smell; and even a least bit of exposure to cold air or strong smell can excite spasmodic sneezing and profuse watery discharge from nose. Allium Cepa and Aralea Racemosa are very useful in nasal allergies which occur in this weather. Aralea is also useful when nasal allergy in this weather is complicated with breathing problem. 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 a wonderful role in treating the acute symptoms of allergic rhinitis.