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How severe can hayfever get?

Hi. I have been suffering with hayfever since I was a child in the spring/summer months – runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, sneezing etc (the usual) but I think my symptoms are becoming more severe.

In the summer of 2001 I became very ill. I work out regularly and have done since my teens and this particular summer when I was working out I became very ill almost as if my whole body had packed in – I left quite lifeless in fact. After that day my health seemed to diminish overnight. I was having difficulty breathing (my chest felt heavy), I was getting chesty pains, my head felt very full/heavy (I cant think of a better way to put it), I was very dizzy, weak, I ached all over (obviously I felt very low) – it got to the point where I felt too ill to leave the house (I just wanted to stay in bed) and when I did I kept getting panic attacks – the only time it seemed to ease was late at night. I thought I had something very seriously wrong with me and I was going to die. After a few trips to the doctor (blood checked, heart checked etc etc) my doctor diagnosed me with anxiety but after the summer months had passed I felt okay again (although not the same as before I was at least able to get on with my life in a normal way). I don’t dispute I had anxiety and that I was having the panic attacks but I felt like this was the outcome of something else and not the cause.

The following summer (2002) again I felt ill, but not to the same extreme, summer 2003 I did become quite ill again but it seemed to last for a shorter time. In 2004 I did feel a little better than 2003 but sill not great (each summer I have had to reduce my physical activity quite considerably as I my body seems to be unable to handle it).

Now into May (2005) and it’s seems to be happening all over again. It started simply with the flu-like symptoms (blocked nose, coughing up clear flem etc) and once again when working out I became very weak and felt like my body was shutting down and I wasn’t able to breath easily. Now I just feel very tired all the time, a dull ache in my head (my head in fact feels very heavy and it becomes unusually hot compared to the rest of my body), muscles (particularly my neck, shoulders and arms) are weak and achey, my eyes seem to blur/very sensitive, I’m very thirsty, my sleep is very disturbed and I feel very very low (like I don’t want to get up in the morning). Does anyone feel like this during the summer and is it a case of severe hayfever?

Also are there any foods I can avoid to help me ease the symptoms?
  mickeymoo on 2005-05-15
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
have you checked out whether you have come into contact with any chemical from the environment each summer (i.e. farmer spraying field near you, weedkiller used by neighbour) or whether there is any plant/pollen nearby at this time of year that upsets you in this way?
Other possibilities are food and cosmetics, but if it is something that occurs/gets worse in summer only then you would have to look to what you use/eat that is different at this time of year.
erika last decade
I get exactly the same symptoms only in summer. Unfortunately, no doctor has been able to provide an answer besides "panic attacks".

After a bit of research/asking around/reading I thought it could be connected to dehydration/lack of important mineral salts/ low blood pressure.

I have very low blood pressure- 80/40.

I started taking a magnesium supplement in powder form. I swear ALL my symtoms dissappeared completely. The only time the magnesium seemed to not completely do the trick( but I didn't get an attack- I just felt sort of "strange") was when I would spend a whole day at the beach in the roasting sun with 45 degrees celcius outside!

I went through this summer( I live in Italy) with no problems whatsoever. And whenever I seem to start to get the warning signs I just take a mangnesium sachet and everything goes away.
Recently the temperature has dropped and I'm having no problems so I've stopped with the magnesium.

I'm wondering- do you suffer from low blood pressure and do you sweat a lot in summer?
interested last decade
I have had hayfever for the past ten years and it seems to get worse each year. I put this down to a recent move to an area close to the countryside. My conditions are worse from the end of May to mid june every year. I keep a diary chart split into times (morning noon night) and use colours (red -severe, yellow, moderate, green mild) to indicate how bad I am. I also keep note of what I was doing prior to an 'attack'. I have tried nearly every medicine from Claritin to Zirtec (loratidine, citirizine dyhydrochloride etc). I have even recently purchased a Medisana Phototherapy machine that is supposed to strengthen membranes in the nasal cavities, but didn't have much joy. I suggest that by closely examining your worst times of the day, you can best avoid the worst pollen times. Like 'Mickeymoo', I too exercise regular and also feel at deaths door each year. I would also certainly appreciate any advice or remedies
flowermj last decade
common allergies -SEVERE REACTION

When researching allergic reactions I came across pollen dot com and after watching the videos about reactions I realized how dangerous it could be to have allergies. I am pretty sure this isn't just about peanut allergies that might cause major problems, but other common allergies. The point is YOUR allergic reactions could be serious. You can go into ANAPHYLAXIS SHOCK! Please make sure your symptoms aren't resembling these. Go to pollen dot com Look for 'The Body's Reaction to Allergens' watch a video or read the transcripts, it might help.
Penelope last decade
Mine's just come on again today.

This has been puzzling me for the last 4 years - again, I keep fit, and my first two 'attacks' came on in the gym - and I assumed some kind of cardiac problem.

But then I would get attacks more randomly, at certain times of day, and in certain rooms - they felt a lot like panic, but with certain out of place symptoms, and this seasonal aspect, which made me suspect something else. I'll often notice a charged feeling in my back teeth during these attacks, possibly sinuses.

A typical attack, like today, will start with a general feeling of breathlessness on mild exertion - then I may notice my pulse beating a little rapidly, >100BPM - then I start to get the very heavy head, almost a blurrey visual sensation - often stiff shoulders and arms. Sometimes it will escalate into a sudden tightening of the chest (a broncho-spasm I assume) and a very rapid pulse - but these have become less frequent, possibly as I've learnt to recognise the symptoms and not react with so much anxiety...?

I have managed to get this under control through Buteyko-style breathing exercises - as many symptoms, including acute allergies, seemed to be connected with chronic over-breathing - the laboured breathing of allergies can often set this in place - but still - I get many of these same, characteristic, seasonal symptoms.

I also notice certain more chronic symptoms of this (assumed) allergy - such as hypoglycemia, fatigue, balance problems, inability to concentrate, coming down with every cold/virus in a 100 mile radius.

About the only relevant information I've found is this:

People with hay fever may have increased likelihood of panic attacks

Research has shown that some people with allergies are more likely to have mental disorders. But these studies involved patients in clinical environments and, therefore, did not estimate what might be happening in the larger population.

So Dr. Renee Goodwin, an assistant professor in the Mailman School of Public Health, studied the prevalence of depression, anxiety disorder, and alcohol and substance abuse among people at large who report they have hay fever. She analyzed data from a 1995-1996 survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults and found that those who said they had hay fever were nearly twice as likely to say they also experienced panic attacks. She did not, however, find an association with other psychiatric problems. Dr. Goodwin suggests that physical symptoms associated with hay fever may be related to increased likelihood of having panic attacks, or factors associated with increased risk of both lead to their co-occurrence. She suggests that more research be done to understand her findings, published in the June Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

For more information, contact Leslie Boen (Columbia University)
Swiftism last decade
I'm relieved to have found these posts. The first one describes exactly how I feel right now - dry mouth, thirsty, unable to exercise or swim, thick head, bunged up nose, sore throat and chesty cough, but also ILL and sleeping every afternoon.

I have never had hay fever although I do have chronic bronchitis from a damaged lung - but I have lived with that for decades. Since coming to live in southern France just over a year ago, I have been feeling so awful in the summer months. I thought hay fever had simple, trivial if annoying symptoms, but this is a total body experience, from hot, heavy head to having to sleep every day.

So maybe a new allergen has triggered my symptoms. Anyone else in France having similar problems?

Do medics recognise that hay fever can trigger such a range of serious symptoms I wonder?

I'm off to try the magnesium - thanks 'interested'.
Maud Gonne last decade
The first one describes exactly how I feel right now - dry mouth, thirsty, unable to exercise or swim, thick head, bunged up nose, sore throat and chesty cough, but also ILL and sleeping every afternoon.

On the basis of the above symptoms you may take Bryonia 200c thrice a day at a gap of 4 hours for only one day (not daily) and see how that affects you in the next 15 days.

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 4 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 3-4 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.
kadwa last decade
This year (2010) as been my worst year ever for hay fever in the UK. I have suffered tachycardia (fast heart rate) palpitations and extreme anxiety including a bad panic attack. It has been so bad I did not want to leave the house. My doctor has carried out quite a number of blood tests which all came back normal and now he is sending me to the cardiac unit just as a precaution. He reckons I am suffering from anxiety which will be his diagnosis if the heart monitoring proves OK. He says he is unaware of any link between the production of histamine caused by hay fever and the symptoms I have experienced so this forum is reassuring to me that other people do get anxiety symptoms through allergies.
zonked last decade
I was living in Spain for years, not long after giving birth to my daughter i felt ill after eating, i was constantly in the hospital with what they called gastro-interitus i had it so many times and i was ok one minute then really ill took years for me to find out myself i had been reacting to gluten and msg i felt so ill and lost tons of weight.

Few years later i started getting really bad phlegm in the mornings mostly and then a weird feeling in my body like it was a nervous feeling hard to describe, then my chest would tighten up and i would feel dizzy and stressed as felt i couldn't breath i was at the doctors a lot and they all diagnosed me with panic attacks i could get this feeling just sitting in the lounge watching telly and the only thing that was making me stressed was that i didn't know what was happening to me and the not breathing was scary felt my throat was closing up i suffered with this for a long time and my nose was constantly blocked so always felt i couldn't breath, i was constantly tired eventually years later they sent me for tests and came back i had hayfever they put me on pumps and then came back i was allergic to olive trees and other trees not good living in Spain!! they put me on steroids i didn't feel like it had gone but did help a bit i also put myself through immunisation therapy and blood therapy and found i could eat some gluten and msg so it helped a lot.....for years i was constantly worried and suffered tacacardia on a regular basis one really bad one thought i was going to die ...they told me to avoid caffeine, i have and it helped so now i know when i have had wine or a bit of the food that doesn't agree with me it sets off my hayfever....i am not living in the UK still get hayfever but nothing like it was before i never want those days back again it was awful its horrible to be fobbed off by being told that you are suffering from panic attacks i do believe they need to take more care when they diagnose as i knew what was wrong with me i wasn't well but the frustration and stress lay with the fact they couldn't understand or give me the right remedy x
Olive tree allergy 9 years ago

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simone717 9 years ago
I am so relieved to find this thread. The OP (and much of the rest) perfectly describes how I feel. I am 40 years old and suffered with the usual itchy eyes, runny nose etc symptoms for ever. But the last 3 or 4 years ive traded the daily minor symptoms for the one almighty 'kick' that knocks my socks off.
dead on my feet feeling, aching shoulders, stiff neck, heavy head, fatigue, anxiety......
god I love June so much!
wayne73 9 years ago

Have you ever seen a homeopath to treat this?
Allergies just keep draining your life force, I had
them very bad, and it took one year, a few remedies,
and then they were gone for good.
simone717 9 years ago

I have had some remarkable results with patients who suffered from Chronic Hayfever with sneezing, coryza and a general feeling of malaise with:

Eupatorium Perfoliatum 200 in the Wet dose taken thrice daily for a week and reduced to twice thereafter.

Eupat Perf 200 is the Ultimate remedy I prescribe for all virus borne infections including Dengue which is now an Epidemic in Sri Lanka and many parents have confirmed that they use this remedy for any fever or colds that their children present with almost immediate results. Many have confirmed that a fever subsides within a couple of hours and sneezing dries up in a few minutes.

The great advantage of this remedy is that it is very safe in use and the patient recovers in a few days as it replaces all the drugs and analgesics that were being used for ages, simply because no one had discovered and advised the patient to use this remedy.

It is understood that Eupat Perf 200 is made in the Wet dose which I presume you are aware of the protocol (3 drops in 500ml spring water) that I have prescribed to patients as it ensures that the remedy water can be used continuously without any side effects which may occur if the pellets are used instead.
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Hi all,
I’ve been suffering from hayfever for a few years now but only the runny nose, tiredness and itchy eyes. This year is so bad however that I keep feeling something is seriously wrong. I am CONSTANTLY tired, heavy headed, very low all the time, cannot work out and constantly feel like I want to go to sleep and out of breath. I do not know what to do about this, I reallly don’t want to take steroids etc but it’s good hear i’m not the only one out there. It feels extremely frustrating and not many people understand that you can get these kind of symptoms from hayfever.
Honeymonster 9 years ago
have mag phos 6x , 5 tabs every two hrs in hot water and allium cepa 30 five pills three times a day, till the symptoms abort,please give a feed back after four days,for constitutional remedy.
anuj srivastava 9 years ago
Logging in to observe progress.
Joe De Livera 9 years ago

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