Acupressure can be used to treat any kind of disease, be it a hereditary disease or some kind of pain or an emotional instability or some kind of allergy. In this article we will discuss about allergic rhinitis. The topics we will focus on are what is allergic rhinitis, symptoms for allergic rhinitis, causes of allergic rhinitis, symptoms of allergic rhinitis, treatment of allergic rhinitis, home remedies for allergic rhinitis and acupressure for allergic rhinitis.

When our body comes in contact with a foreign substance which may or may not be harmful to our body, then our immune system responses to it in a certain manner to adjust the body according to the environment. That response it called an allergy. These foreign substances that creates allergies are called allergens. An allergen may be anything. It may be certain food or some animal or pollen grains. The responses of body differ and may involve sneezing or inflammation etc.

WHAT IS ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an allergic response of our body to specific allergic substances or allergens such as pet hair, dust etc. When we talk about the most common allergen during seasonal allergic rhinitis, pollen is that most common allergen. Allergic rhinitis is a type of inflammation felt in the nose. It occurs when our immune system overreacts to allergens present in the air. The signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis include a runny or stuffy nose, red eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes, swelling around the eyes, and sneezing.

When a person’s immune system is hypersensitive or vulnerable, it reacts to the allergic substances by creating antibodies to fight the foreign substance. These antibodies are special type of protein found in the blood produced to fight various infections and viruses.

SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Some of the common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include the following:

  • Running nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Scratchy throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Extremely dry and itchy skin
  • Excessive fatigue  

The name hay fever does not signify that fever is a symptom of allergic rhinitis. Usually one or more of these symptoms by a person can be felt just after coming into contact with an allergic substance. Some of the symptoms, such as repeated headaches and weakness can take a little long time after long-term exposure to allergic substances. The time and likelihood of allergies varies person to person.

CAUSES OF ALLERGIC RHINITIS

In this part of the article we will discuss about the certain causes of allergic rhinitis. Histamine is a natural chemical released within our body. It defends our body from the allergic substances. When a person’s body comes into contact with an allergic substance, histamine is released. And thus, allergic rhinitis is caused due to the release of this this chemical.  

Following is the list of allergens:

  • grass pollen
  • tree pollen
  • dust mites
  • cat saliva
  • animal dander

Other than these, if a person’s family has a history of allergies, then that person is most likely to develop allergic rhinitis. There are some external factors also that can trigger or make the situation worse:

  • cold temperature
  • smoke
  • humidity
  • chemicals like perfume, hair spray
  • wind
  • air pollution
  • fumes

TREATMENT OF ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Treatment of allergic rhinitis depends upon the severity of the problem and causes. Sometimes some medical tests such as taking blood samples or injecting certain chemicals into the skin of the patient may be required for the diagnosis of the problem.

Treatment of allergic rhinitis can be done in several ways like there is a medical treatment for allergic rhinitis and home remedies for allergic rhinitis.

In the medical treatment, eye drop and nasal drops are used to cure the problems of eyes and nose respectively. 

HOME REMEDIES FOR ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Home remedies for allergic rhinitis depends upon the allergic substance. Certain precautionary measures can be taken to prevent from this problem like staying indoors during the season, using air filter at home, staying away from animals.   

ACUPRESSURE FOR ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Besides using medical treatment and home remedies for allergic rhinitis, alternate medical treatment that is acupressure for allergic rhinitis can also be used. Using this method, one can ignore the side effects of medicines that causes further problem. Acupressure does not have any side effects.       The acupressure points can be located in hands and legs. Stimulating these points on a regular basis can be very beneficial.