Seasonal airborne irritants such as grass, tree, and flower pollen cause the allergic reaction that is called hay fever. Mucous membranes lining the nose and eyes are mainly affected, but the ears, throat, and lungs may also become irritated. Symptoms include repeated sneezing, a runny nose, watering eyes, and itching of the eyes, nose, palate, and throat. Allergic rhinitis, or perennial rhinitis, is the name given to similar symptoms that occur year-round and are caused by other irritants, including dust mites and animal dander. SELF-HELP Avoid all known irritants. If symptoms are severe, try using air filters or ionizers in the home. Wear sunglasses and a hat when outdoors to shade your face. Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Blow the nose gently; hard blowing may burst pollen grains in the nose and increase irritation. Rub a small dab of petroleum jelly inside each nostril a few times a day to prevent the nose from becoming dry and sore. Take combination H tissue salts (see page 216).
(see page 180). The respiratory system is therefore highly susceptible to the effects of atmospheric irritants. If the immune system is strong, it is able to ward off all but the most virulent infections. Colds, coughs, and influenza strike
SPECIFIC AILMENT PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS
Streaming, burning catarrh that may start in the left nostril and move to the right, and that makes the nostrils and upper lip sore Pain in the forehead
Larynx feels as if it has hooks sticking in it Eyes stream with a bland discharge
Thick, honey-colored catarrh follows 3 or 4 days of continuous, violent sneezing Nostrils are sore, red, and painful Burning throat and irritating cough
Eyes are swollen and sensitive to bright light Thick, burning discharge from the eyes that irritates the skin on the cheeks beneath Bland catarrh from the nose Catarrh drips down the back of the throat
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