Hay Fever and Allergies
What is Hay Fever and Allergies?
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn’t caused by a virus. Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, or tiny flecks of skin and saliva shed by cats, dogs, and other animals with fur or feathers (pet dander).
Besides making you miserable, hay fever can affect your performance at work or school and generally interfere with your life. But you don’t have to put up with annoying symptoms. You can learn to avoid triggers and find the right treatment.
SYMPTOMS OF HAY FEVER AND ALLERGIES
Hay fever signs and symptoms can include:
- Runny nose and nasal congestion
- Watery, itchy, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes (allergic shiners)
- Postnasal drip
Your hay fever signs and symptoms may start or worsen at a particular time of year. Triggers include:
- Tree pollen, which is common in early spring.
- Grass pollen, which is common in late spring and summer.
- Ragweed pollen, which is common in fall.
Dust mites, cockroaches and dander from pets can be bothersome year-round (perennial). Symptoms caused by dander might worsen in winter, when houses are closed up. Spores from indoor and outdoor fungi and molds are considered both seasonal and perennial.
HOW THE SALT CAVE CAN HELP
Hay fever and allergy sufferers should consider Salt Therapy, as not only will it bring immediate relief, but it also prevents the frequency with which your symptoms reoccur.
Salt Therapy is a clinically proven natural, safe and beneficial method of treatment for every age group. By visiting one of our Salt Rooms and breathing in the saline aerosol generated by our machine it can significantly help to:
- Reduce the need for antihistamine.
- Alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
- Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs.
- Strengthen your immune system.
- Prolong remission times.
- Improve general health and quality of life.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU COME?
- Depending on age and severity, 15-20 sessions are recommended for long term results.
- With irreversible conditions you may need to come for more sessions.
- The sessions should be frequent; about two or three a week is suggested.
- You need a 20 sessions package a year during Hay Fever season, and a smaller package is recommended before the season starts as a preparation (5-10 session)
In most patients, after a course of Salt Therapy, airways become normal and symptoms disappear. The treatment’s efficacy is estimated at 75-98%. Most clients do 1-2 Salt Therapy courses a year. In between they might come back for some top-up sessions, if they start to feel poorly, e.g. they are coming down with a cold.