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Acute attacks of hay fever often respond
to homeopathic remedies. Allergies are usually deep-seated problems,
and are often best addressed with a constitutional remedy and the
guidance of an experienced practitioner.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Allium cepa: Indications for this
remedy include watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge that
irritates the upper lip, along with sneezing and a tickling cough.
The person usually is thirsty, and feels worse indoors and when
rooms are warm, and better in fresh air.
Arsenicum album: A burning, watery,
runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling during allergy attacks
suggests a need for this remedy. Swelling below the eyes and a
wheezy cough are common. The person may feel chilly, restless,
anxious, and is often very tired.
Euphrasia: This remedy can be
helpful if the eyes are swollen and irritated with acrid tears or
pus. The nose also runs, but with a blander discharge. Symptoms are
often worse in the daytime and worse from warmth, and the eyes may
hurt from too much light. The person can also have a cough in the
daytime, which improves at night.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This is a very
useful remedy in the early stages of any inflammation. Taken when
allergy symptoms start, it often slows or stops an episode. Symptoms
include runny eyes with a burning or gritty feeling, facial
flushing, watery nose, and short, hard, tickling cough.
Gelsemium: A tired, droopy feeling
during allergies with a flushed and heavy-feeling face suggest a
need for this remedy. A sensation of dryness or of swollen membranes
may be felt inside the nose—or the nose may run with irritating
watery discharge, with the person sneezing frequently. Aching in the
back of the head and neck, a trembling feeling, and chills along the
spine are often seen when a person needs Gelsemium.
Natrum muriaticum: Allergy attacks
with sneezing, watery eyes, clear nasal discharge that resembles egg
white, and a loss of taste and smell will all suggest a need for
this remedy. The person may have dark circles under the eyes, be
thirsty, feel withdrawn and sad, and act irritable if comforted.
Nux vomica: If the nose is
alternately stuffed up (especially outdoors or at night) and running
(indoors and in the daytime), this remedy may bring relief. Other
symptoms include a teasing cough, a scraped or tickly feeling in the
throat, and headache. A person who needs this remedy often feels
impatient, irritable, and chilly.
Sabadilla: Long paroxysms of
sneezing, itching in the nose with irritating runny discharge, a
feeling of a lump in the throat, and watery eyes will all suggest a
need for this remedy. The person may feel nervous during allergy
attacks, and trying to concentrate can bring on drowsiness or
Wyethia: Intolerable itching felt
on the roof of the mouth and behind the nose—sometimes extending
into the throat and ears—strongly suggests the use of this remedy.
Everything in the person’s head feels dry and irritated, but the
nose may still be runny.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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