Six ways to beat hay fever this summer
Written By: Abbie Smith
Tip 1: Eat onions
Quercetin is a powerful natural anti-histamine which is found in many different types of fruit and vegetables, but most heavily concentrated in onions. Researchers from the Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands found that quercetin was similar to over-the-counter medication, because it blocks the activity of cells found in the nose and lungs. However, if eating onions all day doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, you can boost your intake of quercetin with a supplement like Beehealth Quercetin Capsules.
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Tip 2: Kissing
If you’re in the grips of a sneezing fit, a passionate embrace could be your solution. Researchers carrying out a study of hay fever in Japan recently found that kissing can reduce the histamine secretion in your body. Scientists found that after 30 minutes of kissing the body was more relaxed and the levels of hormones which trigger a reaction to pollen were significantly reduced.
Tip 3: Exercise
A study for Kleenex last year highlighted a correlation between hay fever and increased stress levels in sufferers. Apparently, the relation is attributed to the action of the stress hormone cortisol, which affects the immune system by enhancing and prolonging hay fever symptoms. Exercise can help to boost the immune system, and researchers found that people who took part in more than five 30-minute exercise sessions showed milder symptoms than someone who didn’t. Professor Jean Emberlin, author of the Hay Fever Health Report, says: “Exercising will help reduce stress levels and can also help boost the body’s immunity. Just be sure to avoid exercising outside when the pollen count is at its highest – in the early morning and evening.”
Tip 4: Block your nose
Using Vaseline to block you nasal passages is supposedly an incredibly effective way of reducing symptoms. The advice is to apply a thin layer to your nasal passages, so then any pollen particles will stick to the tacky surface, minimising your exposure to the hay fever trigger. Lindsey McManus, executive director of Allergy UK, the leading national medical charity, which provides advice to people with allergies, says that it’s an extremely effective preventative measure: “It’s the first thing we suggest to people who contact us.”
Tip 5: Eat Local Honey
Many hay fever sufferers take a spoonful of honey everyday as a desensitising solution. Although this method doesn’t have any scientific proof, it’s thought the pollen contained in the honey will build immunity to the allergens that cause hay fever, and therefore reduce symptoms. It’s also believed that if you eat honey that’s produced locally to where you live, you will consume a higher proportion of the pollen that stimulates your hay fever.
Tip 6: Shine a light
Discovered during clinical trials carried at the University of Szeged in Hungary, shining both ultraviolet and natural light into the nasal cavities will suppress the itchiness and runny nose commonly experienced by hay fever sufferers. It works because the UV light kills the overactive immune and inflammatory cells, and therefore inhibits the releases of histamine. To experience light therapy at home, use a Medinose, a mini-machine that delivers red light via probes inserted into the nostrils.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”