Zinc sulfate as antihistamine?
How effective can zinc be against hay fever?
When a person has chronic health problems, one possible cause (or
aggravating factor) is a lack of zinc. Hay fever is one of those
problems. Physicians heal or help some patients just by prescribing
a dietary supplement of zinc. This will often be pills that contain
an organic salt of zinc, sold in pharmacies.
A zinc deficiency will most often not show up in blood tests,
because zinc (like iron) is a key element for the transport of
oxygen. Even if your organs are mildly depleted in zinc, the content
of zinc in your blood will remain adequate. (A zinc deficiency can
be diagnosed with the dysgeusia test. Ask your doctor.)
This year when the pollen triggered my hay fever I was disappointed
that my usual antihistamine medication, a nasal spray, did no more
work. Friends had reported the same loss of potency with that
medication. I heard about zinc... so a day after taking any
antihistamine and with my nose itching and dripping like a fountain,
I dissolved 30 milligrams of zinc sulfate in a glass of water and
drank it straight on an empty stomach. I was surprised to get an
immediate effect. In about 20 minutes time my nose stopped leaking
and one hour later its dryness was almost disturbing. The next day
it started itching again. This time I took 20 milligrams in a glass
of water and again the effect was like immediate. From then on I had
no more problem, I didn't have to take a third dose or any other
histamine for days. (I do perform the dysgeusia test once in a while
and I was supposed to have no zinc deficiency.)
Many antihistamines make you dizzy. Zinc has the opposite effect.
You feel more alert.
When the effect of the zinc sulfate wore out, I tried again my
regular antihistamine and this time it was very effective. This
would need some research and statistics but it seemed quite obvious
that the supplementation of zinc allowed the antihistamine to work
again to its full effect.
If you'd like to try to take a dietary supplement of zinc, ask your
pharmacist. Consult you doctor for possible contraindications.
Some pharmacists can sell you a little bag with 5 grams of zinc
sulfate for about €4. Be very careful. 5 grams is enough to heal an
entire mid-sized little town. Too huge a dose of any zinc salt can
make you seriously sick. A long-term over-consumption of zinc has
nasty side effects. Doses like 10 milligrams
sulfate, up to 30 milligrams, are generally considered safe,
especially if they are taken for only a few days. If you don't know
for sure how to weigh such a tiny dose, take no risk and ask your
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