From Anthony Roberts
A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the asthma, allergy and immunology academy of America showed a breakthrough in the research in finding the treatment of hay fever.
Hay fever, also called seasonal allergic rhino-conjunctivitis is one of the most common types of allergic condition which is caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollens are the fine powders released by plants during their reproductive cycle. As they use the air as a medium to be transported from plant to another, the chances of patients getting infected is very high. It’s not the pollen that causes the symptoms but it is due to the patients’ immune system that reacts to the foreign particles. Cells in the lining of nose and eyes release chemical when they come in contact with pollen causing irritation and inflammation of the nose (rhinitis) and eyes (conjunctivitis). Hence, it is known as allergic rhino conjunctivitis. The symptoms of hay fever are running nose, nasal congestion, sneezing itchy nose and throat and watery red eyes.
Hay fever is commonly treated by corticosteroids; these are the type of chemicals that include steroid hormones. A recent study showed that the addition of Vitamin D improves the efficiency of the steroid hormone in the treatment of hay fever which diminishes the hay fever symptoms. Vitamin D improves the effect of the Glucocorticoid which is a type of steroid hormone.
The research was carried out by Fuad Baroody, M.D. and his team at University of Chicago. The study involved 35 individuals suffering from hay fever, who were all treated with intranasal ﬂuticasone propionate but these individuals were divided into two groups. Group one was given high doses of Vitamin D while the second group of individuals were given Placebo which is a non medication substance used as a control in medical experiments and tests.
The experiment was carried over a period of two weeks, during which each individual’s was checked for nasal symptoms every two days, such as nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy throat as well as the quality of the patients life.
This showed a positive result as the patients in the group that took vitamin D along with the intranasal ﬂuticasone propionate showed improved symptoms of hay fever when compared to the patients that were given placebo. The Vitamin D levels were very high in 17 patients when compared to the patients in the other group. The result also showed that during daytime the nasal symptoms due to allergy were knowingly lower in the team that took Vitamin D compared to those who were given placebo.
Hence, the researchers met a conclusion that Vitamin D is highly effective in reducing the Hay Fever symptoms.