Updated 07 May 2015

Beat hay fever naturally

A natural cellulose powder treatment has shown to be useful in the treatment and prevention of hay fever symptoms.

A natural cellulose powder treatment has shown to be useful in the treatment and prevention of hay fever symptoms.

Nasaleze, a remedy used for hay fever has been on sale in the UK since 1994. It is applied to the nasal passage where it forms a gelantinous coating which traps aero-allergens and prevents the initial allergic response.

What the studies found
Research studies have shown that it reduces the symptoms associated with seasonal or chronic rhinitis and eliminates the side-effects such as drowsiness that usually accompany the use of pharmaceutical treatments.

Professor Patrick Bouic of the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Stellenbosch presented the research in London.

The studies showed that the cellulose powder was efficient in reducing symptoms associated with seasonal and chronic rhinitis, 77 percent reported success after using the product for six weeks.

Independent measures of efficacy included measurement of improved inspiration and expiration air flow, implying that the use of this product can lead to less inflammation and oedema at the mucosal surfaces.

Other evidence presented showed Nasaleze has the ability to reduce the symptoms of persistent rhinitis due to house dust mites by providing an effective barrier to inhaled allergens.

Worldwide increase
Over the last 15 years seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis increased two or three fold. Studies show that in the UK almost 15 million people are affected.

It is often left undiagnosed due to the various common symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itching and rhinorrhoea.

The condition can become unbearable for sufferers as symptoms are often severe and medication not fast acting, almost always with side-effects which prevent them from participating in normal day-to-day activities.

"To date the treatment of allergic rhinitis has relied heavily on drugs that act either as membrane stabilizers which contain steroid based drugs, or as drugs that neutralize the release of histamines. Most of these drugs are not without side effects: they cause drowsiness and cannot be used by pregnant women or children."

"Nasaleze represents a new management strategy to control and management of allergic rhinitis and is a natural and safe product, which does not contain any drugs and has been shown to be effective under trial conditions", says Professor Bouic.

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April 2008


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