5 Ways To Survive Hay Fever
There’s no better indication of a change of season than nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes. For a start, the name Hay fever is misleading: “Hay” has nothing to do with the condition, and it certainly isn’t a fever. Here’s how you can better prepare for the change of season when it comes.
Hay fever occurs when your immune system mistakes a harmless substance (an allergen) as being harmful and produces histamine to try and protect itself. This chemical then causes the symptoms that are associated with hay fever.
These can include: A clear runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy throat and coughing due to a post nasal drip, itchy and swollen eyes as well as excess tear production, sinus pressure and facial pain.
Hay fever can be caused by a number of allergens, and can last for varying amounts of time. One of the most common allergens is pollen – however, different types of pollen are airborne at different times of the year; tree pollen affects sufferers in spring, grass pollen in summer, weed pollen in autumn and fungi and mould spores are common when the weather is warm. On the other hand, people who suffer because of dust and dust mites, allergy to cats and dogs and indoor molds can suffer throughout the entire year.
Not To Be Confused With Flu
Hay fever symptoms may also be confused with flu. Often the only clear differentiation is that with a cold, people often also suffer from slight body aches, a low-grade fever and a runny nose with a yellowish hue – symptoms not associated with hay fever. A cold may take a few days to clear up, whereas hay fever can last as long as the allergen is around.
Sadly, there’s no cure for hay fever, but there are a few ways to survive it.
5 Ways To Survive Hay Fever:
- Consult your doctor to try and identify what it is that you are allergic to. By pin-pointing the allergen, you might be able to limit exposure or combat the effects.
- When possible, shower and wash your hair after a long period outside. This will get rid of any allergens on you, or in your hair which will cause you discomfort later.
- Using cotton wool swabs, run fresh water through your eyes to clear any allergens.
- Use remedies to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. While this isn’t going to cure it, it will alleviate the discomfort associated with hay fever
- Close all the windows, clean all surfaces regularly, clean and vacuum the carpets and pet areas and put fresh linen on your bed. If you do leave your house, make sure that the car windows are rolled up and that the vents are closed if you’re able to rely on the air-conditioner.