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Surviving Hay Fever during Spring Season

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Spring arrives and with it comes various triggers causing hay fever. The nose is affected by the condition known as allergic rhinitis. Although hay fever can strike at any time depending on environmental conditions, most of us associate Hay fever with Spring.

Well known symptoms are:

Eyes that itch
Headaches
Stuffy nose
Sneezing

When hay fever occurs frequently, people feel tired and irritated. Mucus membranes and nasal hair detect grass pollens for example, triggering an allergic reaction in the immune system, producing more mucus and causing inflammation.

Common triggers:

Air borne pollens release from grass
Home based allergens such as dust mites
Animal hair
Moulds

How to Reduce Symptoms

The common refrain of ‘stay indoors’ especially in spring when the wind is strong can be frustrating when you would rather be outdoors taking advantage of an otherwise good day!

What else can you do in your environment to minimise triggers?

Planting artificial lawn and paving could help in the yards
Anticipate the pollen count from the media (TV weather forecasts) A high pollen count usually means a greater chance of triggering your symptoms
Minimise exposure to dust, mites, mould or animal hair – tidying everyday leads to less accumulation of dust
Splashing cool water on your face can decrease pollen

Treatment Options

As symptoms become more frequent people often take treatments such as anti-histamine medications, eye drops or intranasal sprays.

Many treatment options are available from a pharmacy. Depending on symptoms and their severity, consult with a pharmacist or a doctor to determine the best on going course of treatment, as some combinations of sprays and medications may cause side effects, especially during pregnancy.