Are you part of the one in five who suffer from seasonal hay fever?
The weather is warming up, which usually means bad news for hay fever sufferers. In fact, one in five Australians and New Zealanders suffer from seasonal hay fever! Learn about the top three causes and what you can do about them …
Pollen is a fine powder produced by male plants and a major contributor to seasonal hay fever symptoms. In fact, about 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers are allergic to pollen! It can also be responsible for a number of other allergic conditions, such as asthma and eczema.
The majority of plants pollinate in spring, which is why the warmer months are so challenging for hay fever sufferers. And the most problematic pollens are produced by trees, grasses and weeds, as these are generally lightweight and spread easily by the wind (they can even cause adverse reactions in people living a long way away from the source!).
2) Plant phenolics
Phenolics are naturally occurring chemicals that help determine plant’s taste, colour and smell, and play a major role in defending them against pests and pathogens. However, an adverse reaction to some airborne phenolics may also contribute to the symptoms of seasonal hay fever, asthma and/or some skin conditions.
Terpenes help determine a plant’s characteristic odour and taste, as well as a variety of other biochemical processes. They’re emitted by the leaves of conifers, eucalypts and other resinous (sticky) trees and grasses, and can also be found in essential oils, perfumes and many cleaning products. Terpenes may spark allergy symptoms – such as upper respiratory problems and skin irritations in some people.
What you can do about it
Pollen seasons can last for several months, so hay fever triggers can be quite difficult to avoid. But you can reduce your exposure by:
If you’re sensitive to terpenes, you may also react to:
Try our natural hay fever treatment
Anti-histamines are commonly used to treat hay fever symptoms as they block the release of histamine. But, over time, your body can build up a tolerance and they lose their effectiveness.
At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use an alternative technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your hay fever triggers. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association
Technique (PAT). PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:
Our Naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.
Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!
Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.
This fact sheet is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure hay fever – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage hay fever-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
 ASCIA. Is it allergic rhinitis (hay fever)? http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergic-rhinitis-hay-fever-and-sinusitis/allergic-rhinitis-or-hay-fever
 NHS. Hay fever facts. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hayfever/Pages/Allabouthayfever.aspx