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A Salty Solution for Hay Fever

An interesting facet of the human body is its ability to make mistakes. Your eyes are not the only thing you can fool given the right conditions. As it turns out, you can also fool your immune system into thinking you are under attack.

This strange phenomenon is known as hay fever. The medical industry has given it the name allergic rhinitis and respiratory allergy. This is when you incur a common set of symptoms when you inhale or ingest a seemingly harmless particle.

These particles are known as allergens, and they differ from person to person depending on their genetic make-up. For some, it’s animal dander. For others, it could be pollen. There are even those that get attacked by hay fever from dust bunnies.

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In small amounts, these allergens do not pose any sort of realistic threat to someone’s health. But there are chances wherein the immune system would think that it is under attack and will begin to take uncomfortable steps in order to deal with the “foreign invader”.

These steps (also known as hay fever symptoms) could include sneezing, coughing, inducing a runny nose, itching of the throat and even a watering of the eyes. One or a combination of these things in rapid succession is sure to cause a great deal of inconvenience. In more severe cases, people have been known to lose sleep because their bodies cannot get rid of the allergens in their system, so the sneezing, coughing and itching persist until everything is eliminated.

Remedies for hay fever

Fortunately, there are drugs created specifically for these purposes. These are known as antihistamines. Instead of helping the body remove the allergens, they help control the body’s responses to commands from the immune system. They can be taken in sprays or tablets.

Unfortunately, they do not deal with the nature of your body to react to allergens. So as soon as the antihistamine wears of and you get exposed, it’s hay fever all over again. The only way you can really eliminate allergic rhinitis is to build up your resistance against these allergens.

With these aside, one treatment has been known to reduce the symptoms and increase resistance to allergens. And it does not require antihistamines and drugs.

What is it?

Halotherapy, as it is called, or salt therapy, is a treatment method using salt particles as a base substance. It works by inhaling microscopic salt particles into the respiratory system of the body.

Once these salt crystals are absorbed into the body, they not only clear out the allergens and make them easier to cough and sneeze out, but they also humidify and reduce inflammation in the small airways through which allergens make their way, triggering your allergic reactions. This helps you build up a better resistance with reduced symptoms and increased immunity the next times you are exposed to your allergens.

The best way to use Halotherapy is via the use of a machine known as Saltair – Home Salt Therapy. This is a device that can be used at home or at office. It offers long term exposure to salt therapy and this is mandatory for increasing the respiratory immunity. It creates the “salted air” by releasing microscopic salt particles into the indoor air. When the people inside the room inhale the air, usually during the night sleep, they also take in the salt particles which will then work its magic on their allergies.


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Understanding and Fighting Hay Fever

Hay Fever known in medicine as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic inflammation of the nasal mucosa and nasal airways to pollens of any kind of plants, including those used to make hay. The symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or flu: stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, inflammation of the nasal passages, sinusitis, breathing difficulty, increased clear watery mucus.

Allergic rhinitis refers generally to an allergic reaction caused by any type of allergen, such us pollen, dust, air pollution, animal dander (shed skin and hair), chemicals, etc.   


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Individuals with a sensitive immune system react to these allergens once they are inhaled. The allergens trigger the production of antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) in such individuals, this causing the release of histamines and other chemicals, resulting in the allergic symptoms described above.

Allergies are very common today and increasing each year. Heredity, developing itself in decrease immunity with each generation, and environmental pollution contribute to a predisposition to allergies. Western countries are more affected and the trend is growing.

Hay fever is usually caused by pollen of specific seasonal plants, most common in spring. However, it is not unusual to suffer from hay fever throughout the year. The pollen that causes hay fever varies by regions and between individuals. The most predominant pollen is the tiny, almost invisible pollen from plants that are pollinated by wind and not those pollinated by insects. Those pollinated by insects have large pollens which are not airborne being too heavy.  

In Japan, the most commonly allergic pollen comes from two native Japanese tree species, used in massive reforestation after the World War II, cryptomeria and Japanese cypress trees.  

In North America, the most common allergic pollen is ragweed, late summer and fall.

What is the treatment in hay fever?… How are allergies diagnosed?
The goal is to prevent and reduce the symptoms in hay fever or allergic rhinitis, as there is not a real understanding of the cause of allergic reaction in western medicine.

Avoiding the allergen is the most effective measure, if it can be applied. To control symptoms, doctors prescribe intranasal corticosteroids, associated or not with oral antihistamines and decongestants. Long term treatment with corticosteroids is not recommended due to the side-effects of prolonged steroid therapy.

Nasal irrigation with saline solution can also help to wipe-off the allergens and clear the nasal passages.

Desensitization to allergens, by immunotherapy or allergy shots, can have some results if it is given for one full year, but it is discontinued if there is no improvement after five years.

Desensitization and increased immunity of respiratory mucosa to allergen have been seen in prolonged aerosol salt therapy. Using home salt therapy on a daily basis, for 7-8 hours a day, for at least three years, greatly improves the respiratory immunity to infections and allergens.  

Nasal allergy
due to its chronic nature, can cause recurrent sinusitis, malformation of the nasal passages, nasal polyps, otitis media and hearing problems, orthodontic problems and there is a high risk in developing allergic asthma, as the sensitive area grows from the nasal passages to lower respiratory tract.