If you think you’ve tried everything for Hayfever & Allergies – think again!
If you’re one of many New Zealanders who enjoy twilight strolls during the warmer evenings, spare a thought for a large percentage of the population who suffer with sneezing, sniffling and generally feeling miserable from seasonal allergies and hay fever.
The quick low down…..
The allergy/hay fever season is officially underway when plants start flowering and pollination begins. This is typically from September to March, with variations in intensity and duration of symptoms among individuals.
Also Hayfever isn't caused by hay and doesn’t exhibit symptoms of fever, but since grasses shed their pollens into the air at about the same time that hay is being cut, the common term hayfever is used.
Interestingly, the word ‘allergy’ originates from two Greek words meaning ‘altered reactivity’. Basically it’s when a person’s immune system overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless.
Good to know………Is it a cold or is it allergies or hayfever?
There are distinct differences in symptoms.
A cold will usually start with a sore throat, may involve a fever, cough, foul-tasting postnasal drip (mucus running down the back of your nose into your throat), sometimes yellow or green mucus and a mild headache. Most colds clear up within 4 to 10 days depending on how strong your immune system is.
Allergies/hay fever symptoms will include sneezing fits, itchy and bloodshot eyes, itching ears and nose, a tickly throat (the ahem bug!), nasal congestion and a runny nose with clear mucus. More seriously, an allergic reaction can trigger asthmatic or eczema conditions.
HELP – I’ve tried everything!
Herbalists have long utilised herbs to provide natural allergy/hayfever support, and then there are ingredients like Quercetin that are fabulous too as they work as a natural anti-histamine. However, now there is a new way to support an overactive or hypersensitive allergy-type immune response: Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRPs).
Proline-Rich Polypeptides (PRPs) are naturally derived from Colostrum powder and have an immune balancing action is that it is suited to both an overactive or underactive immune system. So for this time of year it’s ideal if you suffer from allergies or hayfever because your immune system is overactive and out of balance.
What so special about PRPs?
PRPs (Proline-Rich Polypeptides) help to regulate our immune system. They work as messengers that send out chemical signals to either activate your immune response, such as when you get a cold or an infection, or de-activate your immune response as in the case of allergies – when your immune system is overreacting.
This is really important because an allergic response is when your immune system overreacts to a substance it normally shouldn’t and is failing to recognise the difference between a foreign substance (such as pollen) and itself (our own body tissue).
PRPs can promote a normal immune response as they are able to ‘turn-off’ an overactive immune system, preventing the body reacting to a substance it normally shouldn’t and can help inhibit and prevent the inflammation processes to create a well-balanced immune system, just as it should be.
[Case study] I had a lady ask me one day if there was anything I could recommend for her allergies/hayfever. Her symptoms were considered severe. She had tried every treatment on the market (both natural and pharmaceutical) and been to multiple doctors and specialists. All with luke warm results. Her life was becoming miserable despite her naturally positive nature. She was now considering a treatment that would involve driving from Napier to Auckland one day a week for 6 weeks (a 5 or 6 hour drive each way). She would have to take time off work – however she was running out of options. Within a few weeks of taking PRPs her symptoms had reduced by 80%. She couldn’t believe it. It was a big relief for her!
What’s even more good news is that over time, as you increasingly establish a stable and balanced immune system – the less and less you are going to overreact. So don’t dread the warmer season – consider your options and look forward to it.
By Lynley Baker
Good Health Naturopath
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