Hay fever is not a condition to be sniffed at. For the sufferer, it can squeeze the joy out of summer and render the simple pleasure of a picnic sat on the grass unbearable. It’s not just summertime when the condition can strike either, as some trees and plants pollenate throughout the year.
What causes hayfever?
Hayfever is one of the most common allergies and is an allergy to pollen. Despite its name hayfever can be caused by the pollen from grasses, trees, flowers and weeds. You may be allergic to just one type of pollen or you may be unfortunate enough to suffer from them all.
What time of year will hayfever affect me?
Depending on which pollen affects you will determine when and how long you suffer with hayfever each year. Grass pollen is the most common cause and generally causes symptoms between May and July. Allergy to tree pollen can cause your hayfever to begin in March, and with weed allergies it can continue into the autumn. Understanding what triggers your hayfever can help you make sure you are well prepared to avoid and treat your hayfever symptoms.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Symptoms of hayfever including sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. If you suffer from asthma you may also find that pollen is a trigger for your asthma making it harder for you to breathe. Symptoms are caused by your immune system reacting to the pollen. Cells in your nose and eyes release histamines which results in them becoming swollen, irritated and inflamed.
Self-help tips for hayfever
Although there is no cure for hayfever, it's possible to prevent syppmotoms of hayfever by taking some precautiions such as:
- wear wraparound sunglasses to prevent pollen reaching your eyes
- take regular showers and change your clothes after being outdoors
- stay indoors when the pollen count is high (you can check the pollen count in the UK here)
- apply a small amount of vaseline (petroleum gel) around the area of your nose so it prevents the pollen from getting in your nose
Tower Health's natural hayfever treatments
The symptoms of hay fever cause abnormal amounts of mucous production within the respiratory system, which can cause further infection. However, there are a number of herbs you can use as natural decongestants to combat the effects of hay fever. For example, both garlic and horseradish possess properties that can help drain and ‘dry out’ excessive levels of mucous.
Another natural and delicious tasting treatment you can use to fight hay fever is honey. In the UK, bee keepers swear a spoon full of honey, which is rich in pollen, can help the body acclimatise to airborne pollen spores.
Tower Health offers a range of products that can help you beat the pollen misery. Have a look at our Allergies & Breathing catagory, visit our Pharmacy Essentials , or call our Phamarcy Team on 0800 953 1666 who will be happy to advise you.