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Itchy eyes? Streaming Nose? It’s Hayfever season!

At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century, Hayfever was first recognised by a physician who described his own symptoms. He called it seasonal catarrh (catarrh aestivus). The condition was so uncommon pre-industrial revolution that it took him nearly ten years to identify a handful of other sufferers. Now it is twice as common in towns as it is in the country, mainly due to vehicle pollution and the effect of sunlight on it (petrochemical smog as it is known). It now affects 20% of the population with the peak age of twenty years for contracting this.

It is estimated that Chronic Rhinitis affects 1 person in 6. Itching of the nose suggests allergy. Non-infectious, non-allergic rhinitis can be diagnosed by exclusion, and usually there are food allergic components in that condition. Rhinitis can be provoked in some people by oral contraceptives, aspirin, pain-killing drugs (the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or the dye tartrazine.

The information in the link below offers sound nutritional and dietary advice to help reduce the unpleasant symptoms. Here is a taster:

- Reduce intake of wheat and grains
- Air filtration in home
- Cotton bedding (house dust treatment)
- Hypo allergenic mattress covers
- Treatment for chemical and food sensitivities
- Wearing sunglasses when outside
- Hayfever treatment programme
- Ioniser to condense particles

And the link: