Managing Hay Fever, Allergies and Sinusitis


Find relief from Hayfever, Sinusitis and Seasonal Allergies.

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis is the most common type of chronic rhinitis. Spring can be a time when pollen from flowering plants, a key trigger for the allergic response can cause hay fever with symptoms such as increased mucus, itchiness, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and congestion. For some, there may also be asthma and conjunctivitis.

Allergic Rhinitis can also be a localised inflammatory response year-round to animal dander or dust mite triggers. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, this can significantly impact quality of life, sleep and energy.

Allergy control begins at home. Many people with allergies stay indoors when outdoor air is full of pollen and spores. But dust mites, animal dander and mould can cause problems indoors.

Once you have identified what triggers your response learning to manage symptoms is easier. Testing is helpful for those still to understand what triggers their symptoms.

There are also a number of herbs and nutrients that can help manage the symptoms and support long term immune health such as quercetin, Vitamin D, albizia and perilla. These are available in tablet or liquid form when you book a consultation

As the digestive system is home to 70-80% of the total immune system of the body, it is helpful to look back to the gut as a foundation to address the possible root cause. Supporting the immune system through the gut helps with sensitivity issues not only to food but also to seasonal allergies. Working with the gut lining and restoring microbiome balance are also key, so tailored pre and probiotic are also used.

Other healthy lifestyle recommendations include;

  • take natural preventative remedies in the lead up to allergy season before symptoms start.
  • eat a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds and choose fish as your main protein source, with smaller amounts of chicken, eggs and red meat.
  • avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates and food additives.
  • reduce exposure to the foods and inhalants that test positive in your IgE report.
  • avoid exposure to triggers such as cigarette smoke, airborne pollutants, pollen and animal dander.
  • use a sinus wash or netti pot to remove pollens and dust particles from the nasal passages.
  • make sure your digestive system is healthy, free from toxicity and harmful bacteria.
  • use tailored probiotics and prebiotics to encourage healthy immune function if appropriate.
  • manage stress and anxiety.
  • drink 6 - 8 glasses of water a day, more if you exercise.
  • be physically active, spend time with others, and have some fun.
  • See our tips on How to Reduce Indoor Allergens.

Post by Sandra Tenge ND RN

Find out what triggers your allergies by testing your individual allergic response to foods and environmental inhalants, simply with one blood test. IgE Allergy panels identify what triggers a response for you, allowing you to better manage your symptoms.

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