We have been waiting for such warm spring weather for quite some time. And the summer is around the corner as well.

However, not everyone has been looking forward to the season. For many, this time of the year is very dreadful as it is also the high season of pollen, which causes allergies, hay fever and rhinitis.

I met, the other day, someone on a platform of a London tube station who was sneezing frantically. His nose was red and his eyes were swollen. He was in a terrible condition. He even seemed to stagger at one point. It was not alcohol; it was hay fever.

I could not help to stop watching at him. He felt “composed” to apologise and told me that the allergy was hitting him hard and it would continue until the summer.

I felt sorry for him. I knew what he was going trough, as sometimes I suffer from sinusitis. The main symptoms of sinusitis are exactly the same as hay fever, itchy eyes and blocked nose.

This condition is simply uncomfortable to live with. The night is the most difficult part. Sleeping becomes an issue, as you are worried of a lack of breathing. As the nose is blocked, the automatic thing you do is to breathe through your mouth. But, by doing so, the throat dries up and easily becomes sore.

I was used to be like this man, suffering with the condition until the summer. Since I became a reflexologist a few years ago, I started to apply the techniques on myself and hay fever does not last long anymore.

Prevention is always best to treat any condition. Just before spring, I make sure that I work more intensely on the reflex points corresponding to the respiratory and immune system and adrenals gland.

When, eventually the symptoms are there, I treat myself with hand reflexology, ten to 15 minutes every day.

Now, my hay fever generally last just two weeks.

Remember that reflexology is a complementary therapy. So during the time I have hay fever (sinusitis), I still continue to take my tablet containing Cetirizine hydrochloride. As soon as the symptoms have disappeared, I stop having the chemical drug and continue with reflexology treatment but just once a week.

It is just incredible how simple reflexology techniques can help to deal with onerous conditions such as hay fever.

Finally to reply to the question: Can reflexology help for hay fever? The response is: “yes”.

It works for me. But, we all, are different, and it might take more time for you or it might not work. The only way to find it out is to try.