Experts say sex can ease the symptoms 2. Going for the hottest curry on the menu can actually help your hay fever. Turmeric, an orange-yellow spice, widely used in curries and South Asian cuisine, can reduce inflammation caused by the enzyme phospholipase A2, which is provoked into action by pollen in the system.
Sex can help ease the symptoms of hay fever. Researchers claim that sex constricts the blood vessels which unblocks bunged up noses and clears streaming eyes. Iranian scientists at the Tabriz Medical University found the nasal system is linked to the reproductive system. Experts say at the point of orgasm the sympathetic nervous system constricts blood vessels across the body and an Iranian neurologist Sina Zarrintan has suggested that this could help with hay fever.
Flowers are less likely to cause hay fever. Hay fever is caused by airborne pollen particles that have blown away from the plant. However, flower pollen is sticky and coated, which lessens its ability to become airborne. In fact, trees and grass are most likely to cause the sneezing. Some foods are natural anti-histamines. Capers, red onions and watercress contain high amounts of the natural antihistamine quercetin, which can help reduce hay fever symptoms by blocking the effects of histamines.
Experts advise people could combine these with pineapple, as it contains bromelain, which helps the body to absorb quercetin. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which are thought to have a natural antihistamine effect and drinking two cups a day may help symptoms.
The attractive, bright orange and red colours of some of our favourite fruits signal that they are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C and a substance called bioflavonoids. These nutrients are anti-inflammatory agents and are said to boost the immune system. Hayfever can last for years. More than 70 per cent of children diagnosed with hay fever will still be suffering ten years later and 40 per cent of young adults will still be sneezing into their 20s.
Oral Allergy Syndrome is the name given to allergic reactions in and around the mouth area of hay fever sufferers; such as tingling, a rash and burning sensation.
This is caused by contact with proteins in foods which are similar to proteins found in pollens that the hay fever sufferer is allergic to.
A spokesman for Allergy UK said: Research from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands showed that suffering from hay fever can affect driving ability to the same degree as drinking two to three units of alcohol, the legal limit in most European countries.
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