Homeopathic Treatment of Nasal Allergy

The medical term for Nasal allergy is Allergic rhinitis. Rhinitis (rhin- / nose + -itis / suffix used in pathological terms that denote inflammation of an organ) is inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose by an allergic reaction. The symptom occur when allergy triggering material or allergen such as dust, animal dander, or pollen enters the nose.

The allergens causes itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, problems with smell, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, eyes puffiness, headache and feeling of discomfort.

The synonyms for nasal allergy are Hay fever, Nasal allergies, Seasonal allergy and Seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Causes of nasal allergy

  1. Inhalants like pollens, smokes and dusts, house dusts, powders, tobacco smoke, animal excreta.
  2. Foods like eggs, crabs, prawns, eggplant, pineapples, and milk products nuts may cause allergies.
  3. Temperature variation and seasonal changes may cause allergy.
  4. Bacterial infections may cause nasal allergy.
  5. Certain drugs like aspirin, iodide, and antibiotics can cause allergies.
  6. Emotion and anxiety are also associated with nasal allergy.
  7. It is more common during puberty, pregnancy and menopausal period.
  8. Sometimes nasal allergy is heredity and runs in family. Family history is very important factor in nasal allergy.

Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

  1. It may be seasonal, such as “hay fever” or non-seasonal. There are bouts of sneezing followed by a discharge which is clear watery, and profuse in amount.
  2. This is followed by nasal obstruction which is often alternation in character. Nasal irritation is common.
  3. Anosmia occurs which is complete loss of smell, may be also seen.
  4. There is heaviness of head and headache may occur is present.
  5. There may be associated irritation and congestion of eyes, respiratory distress can be seen.
  6. At some times some external protrusion may be seen which is called as nasal polyps may be also seen.
  7. Nasal mucosa is oedematous, which is pale-grey, and there is swelling may be also seen.

Diagnosis of Allergic Rhinitis

Diagnosis of Allergic Rhinitis is done using few tests.

Rhinoscopy

  1. Examination of either anterior part (front) or posterior part of noseusing nasal speculumand Blood count
  2. Allergic test which includes tests like Skin test for allergens.
  3. Food test and nasal challenge test for allergies.

Homeopathic Medicines for Allergic Rhinitis

Following is given few medicines which are indicated in treatment of nasal allergy or allergic rhinitis.

Allium cepa

  1. Characteristic symptom of this remedy is acrid nasal discharge and laryngeal symptoms and eye secretions bland. It is best suited for those patients who are lazy, have fine thread neuralgic pains.
  2. There is burning of the nose, mouth, throat, bladder and skin. There is sneezing especially when entering a warm room.
  3. There is copious, watery and extremely acrid discharge. There is sensation of lump at the root of the nose. It is very good remedy for hay fever.
  4. There is fluent coryza with headache, cough and hoarseness. It is very good remedy for nasal polyp. Along with these symptoms there is redness and burning of eyes, with great sensitiveness to light. Profuse bland discharge from eyes which is better in open air.

Symptoms Worse by: In evening, in warm room.

Symptoms Better by: in open air, and cold room.

Dosage: Take in 30 C potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

Kali bichromium

  1. It affects mainly on mucous membrane of the air passages, stomach bones and fibrous tissues.
  2. It is very good remedy for snuffles of children, especially fat chubby babies. There is pressure and pain at the root of the nose, sticking pain in the nose. There is fetid smell.
  3. There is thick, ropy, greenish yellow discharge from nose. There is loss of smell and inability to breathe through the nose. There is dryness.
  4. Coryza with obstruction of the nose. There is violent sneezing. There is profuse watery nasal discharge.

Symptoms Worse by: Beer, morning, hot weather, undressing.

Symptoms Better by: Heat.

Dosage: Take in 200 potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

Hepar sulph

There is ulcer in nose with feeling of soreness of the nostrils with catarrh. Patient sneezes every time he is exposed to cold, dry wind, with running of nose with tick offensive discharge.

Nose stopped up every time he goes out in to cold air. Nose smell, like old cheese. It is very good remedy for hay fever.

Symptoms Worse by: Dry cold weather, cool air, slightest draught, from touch, lying on the painful side.

Symptoms Better by: in damp weather, form wrapping up the head, from warmth, after eating.

Dosage: Take in 200 potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

Eupharsia

This drug effects mainly on mucous membrane especially of nose and eyes and produces acrid discharge from eyes and bland nasal coryza.

  1. There is catarrhal conjunctivitis.
  2. There is watering from eyes water all the time. Discharge thick and excoriating. There is burning and swelling of the lids. There is free discharge of acrid, matter.
  3. There is sticky mucus on the cornea, must wink to remove it.
  4. It is important remedy for glaucoma if there is pressure in the eyes. There’s profuse and fluent coryza with violent cough and abundant expectoration.
  5. There is profuse fluent coryza in the morning with cough and expectoration.

Symptoms Worse by: In evening, indoors, warmth, light.

Symptoms Better by: coffee, in the dark.

Dosage: 3 pellets taken at one time and repeated 1 to 3 times a day for relief of symptoms. Gradually use with less frequency as improvement is made.

Sulphur

  1. There is stuffiness of nose indoors. There is imaginary foul smells. Nose is red and scabby.
  2. There is chronic dry nose with dry scabs and readily bleeding. It is very good remedy for polyps.
  3. It is suited for people who dislike water have dry and hard hair and skin, sinking feeling in the stomach around 11 a. m.

Symptoms Worse by: at rest, when standing, warmth of bed, washing, bathing, in the morning, 11 am, and night.

Symptoms Better by: dry warm weather, lying on the right side, from drawing up the affected limbs.

Dosage: Take in 200 potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

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