ginger is better than antihistamine loratadine for hay fever

Ginger is most famous for fighting nausea. But it has many other less celebrated uses. And it may be your answer to hay fever.

Among its many other uses, ginger is antiinflammatory. That’s why it can kill pain, including painful periods and rheumatoid arthritis. So, maybe it could help hay fever.

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, causes runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. Loratadine is an antihistamine that is used to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hayfever.

This double-blind study put ginger head-to-head with loratadine. Forty people suffering from hay fever were given loratadine and forty were given 500mg of ginger extract.

Ginger was as good as loratadine for improving total nasal symptom scores. But where ginger significantly improved nasal pressure and airflow during breathing, loratadine could not. Both improved rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life, or quality of life affected by the eyes and nose.

The head-to-head study gives the edge to ginger: an edge that is widened because ginger caused less side effects, including drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness and constipation.

BMC Complement Med Ther 2020 Apr 20;20(1):119

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