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What is it?
It is usually an allergy to pollen released by grasses, flowers and trees in spring and summer. The pollen causes cells to release histamine and other chemicals, resulting in a runny itchy nose, blocked sinuses, sneezing and watering of the eyes and sore itchy throat. It may also be caused by allergy to things such as house dust, mites, furs or feathers of animals.
Doctors often prescribe anti-histamine tablets during the hay fever season. Drowsiness may be a side effect and so patients should not drive a car or operate machinery. The regular use of eyedrops and nasal spray or inhalers available on prescription can also prevent or reduce allergic response of the body.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info