Probiotics for hay fever
by Newsletter Editor
In hay fever, the immune system mistakenly identifies usually harmless allergens such as pollen, dust or mold, as “intruders,” releasing histamines that cause itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. In this study, 425 men and women with hay fever who were continuing to take a standard over-the-counter antihistamine took a daily dose of the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei or a placebo. After five weeks, those taking probiotics reported much less eye itching and tearing while the placebo group had not improved. Doctors said this is the first study to show a probiotic is an effective add-on to the recommended therapy for hay fever.