Disappearing Hay Fever

Mac had suffered with extreme hay fever since being a child. For 5 months of every year he had a relentless reaction to pollen.

Disappearing Hay Fever

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The challenge

Mac was in his early 40’s and had suffered from severe hay fever since being a child. For 5 months every year he had a relentless allergic reaction to grass seed and pollen. His eyes would stream and be very sore and itchy, he would have a blocked or runny nose, an itchy throat and ears, and often be coughing and sneezing. Throughout Spring and Summer he would generally feel unwell and it took a lot of energy to get on with day-to-day life. He noticed his symptoms were always most intense when he went home to Poland.

The effect

Mac had taken antihistamines on a daily basis for years. He didn’t like taking them. They never fully alleviated his symptoms and, sometimes, seemed to have no effect at all. He had thought antihistamines were the only option and that hay fever was something he just had to live with.


We began Mac’s session discussing the presenting symptoms and the history of the issue. I took the time to explain the allergy response (using down-to-earth analogies to explain what was happening and why), and what needed to happen during the session in order for him to make the necessary changes. I explained how the hypnotherapy would work and what he could expect to feel and experience during the process. We went on to do approximately 1 hour of hypnotherapy and also used NLP techniques within the hypnotherapy process. Mac thoroughly enjoyed the deeply relaxing experience of hypnosis.


I bumped into him six weeks later. He said, “Look at my eyes!” He was so happy to be free of any old signs or symptoms. He told me his hay fever had disappeared (which is why I hadn’t heard from or seen him!) Over those weeks the weather had been hot and dry, and the pollen count had been very high. He had been back to Poland for a week and his success was confirmed. It’s now July and Mac has been totally clear and symptom-free since March. A 90-minute session is all that was necessary.

Diane Oxborough
Diane Oxborough

I am an experienced therapist, performance coach and trainer specialising in stress management. I work with people who want to overcome unwanted ways o