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        <p>Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis or pollenosis.
It's a kind of allergic inflammation affecting the nasal airways. This
reaction happens when a certain allergen like pollen or dust gets into
the person's system via inhalation. The allergen stimulates the
production of the antibody immunoglobulin E or IgE which then triggers
the release of inflammatory chemicals like histamine which cause swelling
and itching. Luckily, there are natural cures for allergic rhinitis. In
this article, let's learn more about them.<br><br>Avoid the
Pollen<br><br>This is a very straightforward tip on how to prevent
allergic rhinitis. By simply avoiding the pollen whether by keeping your
windows closed or using a blocking cream in your nostrils, you can
already lessen your risk of contracting the allergy. If you already have
it, then avoiding the pollen can help you recover
quickly.<br><br>Honey<br><br>There has already been a study which
suggested consumption of honey desensitizes a person to pollen. As honey
has some traces of pollen, it helps the body get accustomed to the
substance and therefore control any over-reaction. Hence, allergic
rhinitis is also prevented.<br><br>Capsaicin <br><br>Capsaicin is a
chemical from chilies which seems to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
Some patients who used it claimed that they experienced quick and lasting
relief from the substance. It is believed to tap into a certain cell-
signaling system in the body which reduces the possibility of allergic
rhinitis. However, the substance should only be used under medical
supervision. You should also be aware that nasal membranes are extremely
sensitive. Inhaling some ground chili can be painful. In fact, it may
even cause some blisters.<br><br>Onions <br><br>Onion has high content of
a chemical called quercetin. It is said to be very effective in warding
off allergic rhinitis as it has the ability to stop the production of
histamine that triggers the symptoms of the condition. The increase of
onion consumption can keep you away from seasonal allergies.
<br><br>Vitamin C<br><br>Vitamin C also has antihistamine properties
which can help lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Unlike most
mammals, humans don't have the capacity to produce their own vitamin C.
Thus, we have to obtain it through diet. Some of the foods that are rich
in vitamin C are broccoli, papaya, mangoes, peppers, kiwi, and
potatoes.<br><br>Butterbur<br><br>Butterbur is an herb which as
conventionally used in treating asthma and bronchitis. There was a study
which showed that an extract of this plant can be as effective as Zyrtec.
However, it hasn't been established yet whether the use of butterbur is
safe for long periods. It has already caused side effects in some
patients such as headache and drowsiness. Therefore, it is best to take
caution when using it.<br><br>Acupuncture<br><br>Acupuncture is also one
of the natural remedies for allergic rhinitis. The procedure can work
just as well as taking antihistamines. For it to be more effective
though, using other Chinese herbs can be beneficial. The great thing
about this tandem is its effect can last for longer periods.</p>
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