Hayfever and Fungus – Kill Two Birds with One Program

Hi everyone - welcome to your weekend.  No doubt some of you will be experiencing the onset of season change - the inevitable swing between Winter and Spring can be nothing short of torturous for hayfever sufferers so let's dive in and unravel the dilemna that this debilitating condition bestows upon you!

Hayfever is sometimes known as allergic rhinitis or atopic rhinitis - meaning that there is an allergic response to something in the environment combined with an impaired immune response that creates an all out assault on the mucus membranes of your sinuses, palate, eyes and throat.  Some theories around the onset of this condition lies in the history of having had early childhood asthma/ezcema/atopic conditions and that hayfever is the adult version of these inflammatory childhood conditions.  In other cases, where there is no history of childhood atopy, it is simply an overproduction of immune (mast) cells and their chemicals (histamine predominantly) in response to an allergen (dust, pollen, animal dander).  I have found that a lot of my hayfever patients have some relative candida/yeast problem and by treating this as well as the nose/mouth/throat together, the results are longer lasting and better managed.

If you suspect you may be suffering hayfever and have not had it diagnosed - consider that having repetitive head colds with running eyes and copious sneezing is not just as simple of being exposed to another's germs.  You may very well be experiencing hayfever and all that comes with it.  The good news is that I have found some outside the box approaches to managing this condition which has been very effective in achieving longer term positive outcomes for each consecutive season.  Here's what I have found to be most helpful in managing the overall condition and the individual symptoms.

1.  Immediately adopt an eating plan that essentially mimics a yeast and sugar controlled diet for at least 3 weeks if not longer.  The reason here is that in many sinus and hayfever sufferers, fungal bodies have formed in the sinuses which are effective at trapping bacteria, dust and other foreign particles. These fungal bodies also join up with and stick closely to other fungal bodies which make them very tenacious and hard for your body to eliminate effectively. Thickening and inflammation of the sinuses together with mucus production is the end result.

2.  Use an antifungal saline solution to spray into the nose before the onset of the season - and use daily to weekly throughout the season.  For my patients I recommend one that contains excellent aromatherapy oils such as thyme, eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender.  They cleanse and protect whilst punching out fungal cells along the way!  It is said the xylitol in this blend may also protect against bacteria adherence to fungus in the sinuses.

3.  Incorporate antifungal herbs into the program in tablet or liquid form for at least a month and combine these with a high potency probiotic formula with guidance from your Naturopath.

4.  Homeopathic Allium Cepa (Onion), Arsenicum Album, Sabadilla and Nat Mur are all very well indicated for reducing the debilitating symptoms - runny red eyes, uncontrollable sneezing, unquenchable thirst, watery runny nose with congestion and headaches/pressure.  Further remedies can be used when or if the mucus becomes thicker and coloured.  Sabadilla is my favourite for sneezing attacks - works brilliantly!

5. Manage the immune response with herbs that support your system to cope better under fire and produce a mop up of the organisms creating the problem in the first place.  Perilla is a great herb here as is Albizzia.  It may even pay to check your histamine levels via a simple test - this may also create an underlying problem to start with.

6.  Obviously reduce your exposure to known organisms such as dust, animal hair and pollens whilst you are under a program. This makes it easier for your immune system to cope and get back on top of things.

7.  Drink plenty of fluids and consider electrolytes from time to time, herbal teas that reduce inflammation such as ginger and fresh vegetable juices.

7.  Try to do these things about 3 weeks prior to your known exposure time frame and continue an adapted program throughout that seasonal time.


Remember - if hayfever is really getting up your nose, you can launch a multi directional attack and win the fight before next season hits!

For your personalised seasonal hayfever program  - call Nicky at 0438461178 or reply to this Heal Mail.


  1. Stacey Tryon says:

    Hi Nicky

    Can you recommend an eating plan that essentially mimics a yeast and sugar controlled diet?

    This sounds like it would benefit my whole family, particularly my 12 year old who has spent his life with a blocked nose, though we’ve done immunotherapy, allergy testes, ENT visits, etc,etc, etc

    Stacey (Toyota Employee)

    • Hi Stacey

      Sorry to have delayed this response – I have been out of the country and between my base and my very ill father in Newcastle. I can recommend a program for your son and your family as mentioned in this blog piece. Can we set up a time to discuss further sometime next week? I am also in Newcastle again all things going to plan in clinic rooms at Charlestown on Friday 12th October if you want to bring your son up and we focus further on his ENT health. I have a suspicion he has fungal infections in his sinuses and can expand on that in clinic or via phone consult. Hope all is well otherwise.

      Warm regards

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