Everyone looks forward to summer, hoping for a period of sun after a miserable wet and windy winter.

Well, maybe not everyone as there is a large percentage of men, women and children who suffer from allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is more commonly referred to as hay fever.

This condition is characterized by a persons mucous membranes in their nasal passages becoming inflamed, causing them respiratory problems

The first symptom of hay fever is when a person produces excessive mucous via the nasal area. Congestion of the nasal passages is usually followed by bouts of sneezing, itchy eyes, and in some cases a sore throat.

Other allergic conditions can present themselves such as headaches, chronic fatigue, eczema and constipation. A combination of any of these conditions could relate to symptoms of chronic hay fever.

If there is a pet in the home, an allergic reaction can be set off by their fur. Other everyday items known to start off hay fever are certain types of perfume, cologne, hairspray, dust, pollutants, exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke.

Supplementing an allergy with natural remedies a couple of months prior to a summer season can bring great relief to hay fever sufferers. Taking natural medicine helps to reduce and, in some cases, prevent an occurrence.

If you are a hay fever sufferer, or have allergies to any of the items mentioned, you can find a large variety of information regarding natural health and herbal remedies on our Natural Cures resource.