Allergic Rhinitis affects up to 20-40% of the population at some stage of their life and is triggered by inhaled allergens (dust mite, pollens etc); this leads to a hypersensitivity of the immune response. It is characterized by inflammation or irritation of the mucous membrane in the nose causing irritating and often debilitating symptoms, which can cause one or all of the following symptoms:
There are two main types of Allergic Rhinitis: Perennial (non-seasonal Allergic Rhinitis) and Seasonal (Hay fever), which usually occurs in spring. There is also another form of Rhinitis called Vasomotor Rhinitis or Non-allergic Rhinitis, which is not caused by an immune response but is thought to be caused by a hyperactive response of the nervous system. And can be triggered by emotional upsets, fatigue, alcohol, sudden changes in temperature and humidity, strong odours, smoke etc.
These conditions are often lumped together as Hay fever and can be incredibly debilitating for the sufferers. As spring approaches, the allergens are beginning to increase and it is a great time to start to work on our immune system and build our natural resistance to this attack.
Eating foods high in Vitamin C, such as papaya, raw red capsicum, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kiwi fruit or taking Vitamin C supplements (consult health professional) can be a great way to help regain health when suffering from hay fever