Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by pollen, dust mites, moulds and animal hair coming into contact with people who are sensitive to these allergens. Common symptoms of hay fever include sneezing and a runny, itchy nose, as well as watery eyes1.
Nearly 1 in 5 Australians suffer from hay fever every year and it is most common between the ages of 15 and 59 years of age2. Since it is not simply due to pollen, allergic rhinitis can occur all year, however it mainly occurs during spring. In Australia, people in Adelaide (35.5%) and South Australia (32.0%) have the highest annual incidence; the lowest is in country Queensland (20.7%) and Sydney (22.7%)3.
Untreated hay fever can have a significant impact on the life of the sufferer, including a lack of sleep and concentration during the day4. The impact of allergies in Australia (including hay fever and asthma) has been estimated as $7.8 billion in lost productivity and health system costs with the costs to the individual estimated as $120 million each year5.
These figures may well be under-estimated, as research has indicated that up to two thirds of suffers do not consult their GP and may have not been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis6. Even more alarmingly, the World Allergy Organisation has stated that global warming may negatively affect the duration and intensity of pollen seasons, increasing the incidence of allergic rhinitis in the near future7.
COMMON TREATMENTS FOR HAY FEVER
Treatments generally consist of either reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or reducing and managing the triggers in an individual’s life. Corticosteroids, antihistamines and decongestants are the most frequently used treatments for hay fever, either as nasal sprays or oral medications8.
HOW CAN BLACK SEED HELP HAY FEVER SUFFERERS?
Black Seed Oil has been shown to be effective against inflammatory immune diseases9 and allergic rhinitis10,11, and has even been shown to subjectively reduce the severity of the symptoms in people suffering from allergic diseases (allergic rhinitis, asthma and atopic eczema)12.
Hab Shifa is the leading producer of organic Black Seed Oil in Australia.
All references accessed on 20/3/18