It is almost Summer (although you would not know with the current weather!) and while most of us love the outdoors and sunshine for many people it is not a good time due to suffering from hayfever.
Did you know that hay fever can affect up to 1 in 5 of the UK population at some stage in their lives?
Symptoms of hayfever can include sneezing, a runny nose or itchy eyes. The symptoms are caused because of Pollen which is a fine powder which is released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. It will contain proteins which cause the nose, eyes, throats and sinuses to become irritated and inflamed.
At present there is no cure for hay fever suffers but suffers can relieve symptoms with treatment.
One good remedy I found when doing this research is HayMax 15ml Organic Pollen Barrier Balm Triple Pack and the following information on this product is as follows:-
- Pack contains aloe vera balm, lavender balm and pure balm
- A preventative balm made from natural substances
- Helps to reduce the incidence of allergens in the body which cause hayfever
- It has no drowsy side effects and no prescription is required
- Vegetarian society approved
Hay fever usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years, but you can get it at any age.
How you can stop Hayfever
- You can put vaseline around your nostrils to trap the pollen
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop the pollen getting into your eyes
- Make sure you shower and change your clothes after you come in from outside to wash the pollen off
- Keep all your doors and windows closed
- Make sure you vacuum often and dust with a damp cloth
- If you can try to stay indoors when the pollen count is over 50. The pollen count is calculated by the number of grains of pollen in one cubic metre of air and the higher that the higher the pollen count.
- Try to avoid playing or walking in grassy areas and avoid camping
- When driving try to keep the car windows closed
- Do not try clothes inside
- Do not keep fresh flowers indoors
When to seek medical advice
There is currently no cure for hay fever but most people are able to relieve symptoms with treatment. The following points are the best way to seek medical assistance
You should see your GP if you have the following symptoms
- If you are unable to control the symptoms with over the counter medications
- If you are having severe side effects caused by any medication you are taking
- You also should seek help if you get continued complications of hay fever which may worsen asthma or repeated sinusitis.
- You are having troublesome side effects caused by medication..
- The pattern of your symptoms is unusual which can include problems during the winter or at your work place as it could be connected to other allergies
What if you have an important event and suffer from Hayfever?
If you suffer from really bad hay fever and have an important event coming up such as your Wedding or Exams – the last thing you want is swollen eyes, runny nose and sever headaches. In this instance please contact your Doctor who maybe able to subscribe oral steroids which could work for a short-term fix – but you cannot take the oral steroids long-term as that could be harmful but at least you will be able to have a good wedding and or pass your exam.
For more information, call the Allergy UK Helpline on 01322 619 898 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).