A-choo! Bless you! We all know what this is about – it’s hay fever season! But fear not, we’re here to talk about how to deal with hay fever symptoms and how to survive the season of blooms and sniffles.
What is Hay Fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, the medical term of which is allergic rhinitis. Pollen is a tiny powder that plants release into the air during the reproductive season of plants. What makes us allergic to it? Pollen has protein particles that can irritate our sinuses causing them to swell or inflame.
What Type of Pollen Can I Be Allergic to?
- In spring: tree pollen
- End of spring and the beginning of summer: grass pollen
- Late autumn: weed pollen
Hay fever is more common than you think. It may affect 1 in 5 people at least once in their lifetime, though studies suggest that the condition may ease with age.
How do I Deal with Hay Fever Symptoms?
While there is no cure for hay fever (boo), there are medications out there that may relieve the symptoms. Common symptoms can include
- Running or blocked nose
- Itching eyes that can be red and watery
- Itchy throat
To help lessen the chance of getting an allergic reaction, some people opt for antihistamines. These can also work to help reduce the swelling and inflammation.
Top Tips To Help Manage Hay Fever Symptoms
- Don’t suffer alone! Pop in to see your local pharmacist who can help you figure out what treatments could work best for you.
- Did you know you can take multiple combinations of treatments, for example you can combine a tablet, nasal spray and eye drop? Always speak to your pharmacist if you are unsure.
- Watch those pollen counts and try to stay indoors with the windows closed on days when they are really high.
- Apply Vaseline underneath your nose. Doing so will help trap pollen so that less of it gets into your sinuses.
- It’s time to wash Fido! If you have pets, it’s a good idea to wash them more often during hay fever season as pollen particles can get trapped in their fur.
- It’s not only your beloved pet that can have pollen trapped in their fur, our clothes, hair and skin can too. So it’s a good idea to take that extra quick shower and change clothes regularly
- Big wrap around sunglasses can help too!