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Hay fever / allergic rhinitis
This is when antibodies react to pollen particles in the nasal mucosa. If antibodies react to dust, house mites, fungal spores and cat or dog skin (yes, not fur) then it is perrenial rhinitis. The reaction with the antibodies increases the levels of histamine and inflammation of the nasal passage. This is most common during spring or summer.
The signs and symptoms are
Itchy, red, watery eyes
A runny or blocked nose
Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
Loss of smell
Pain around your temples and forehead
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) uses these symptoms and others to help with diagnosis. This will help determine the root cause and treat the presenting symptoms.
Wind is seen as an exterior pathogenic factor that enters the body. Modern medicine has identified this as pollen and other airborne allergies. TCM refers to this as an invasion of wind. This could be either wind combined cold or heat.
Profuse used runny nose with white-watery discharge
Runny nose with white and watery discharge
Itchy red eyes
The root cause is a weak immune system in TCM this is called wei Qi. Wei Qi is determined by the strength of the lungs, kidneys and governing vessel. The best time to treat the root cause is the beginning of autumn or 6 to 4 weeks before the start of the spring or summer depending on which season affects you.
Lung and kidney deficiency, wei Qi and governing vessel
Easily catches colds
Weak deep pulse
During the hay fever seasons then the best form of treatment is the presenting symptoms.
To treat perennial rhinitis then the best method is to treat the root cause and presenting symptoms together.
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