Unfortunately, it’s also that time of year where hay fever makes its yearly appearance to make you want to stay away from the outside as much as you can.
Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to 1 in 5 people at some point in their life. If you’ve never had hay fever before, you can expect the following to occur:
- A Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
And if you’re a regular victim to hay fever, all of the above will sound all too familiar. These symptoms are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Since it’s also the time of year for plants to go through their reproductive cycle, they have to release a fine powder that is pollen that unfortunately doesn’t help us humans as it causes the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become very swollen, irritated and inflamed.
There is currently no cure to hay fever but most people are able to relieve their symptoms with treatment to a certain extent. Realistically, the only effective way to control hay fever would be to avoid exposure to pollen by staying indoors but this is obviously difficult to do, especially in the summer months when you naturally want to spend more time outdoors.
Over-the-counter medication is available to prevent allergic reactions from happening and reduce the levels of inflammation and swelling. But you could also take more measures in reducing the contact with pollen by constantly keeping tissues and wet wipes on hand for post sneezing and minimise the amount of germs being spread. At the same time, pollen can spread easily around you, especially when the wind is high so make sure you wipe down most surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes to get rid of excess pollen being blown into the house.
If you absolutely have to go out, try and put on a pair of sunglasses to reduce the amount of pollen coming into contact with your eyes and irritating them. Always keep a pack of wet wipes with you – if it affects you when you are out, use wet wipes to gently rub your eyes to releive any discomfort. As soon as you get back home, change out of your clothes and take a quick shower, as this will remove pollen from your skin and hair as well as you not leaving it around the house.
Hay fever does not pose a serious threat to health but it can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Some people can have such seriously bad hay fever that it often disrupts their productivity at school or work. It’s important to realise that you’re not the only person suffering from it and that it will pass eventually, you will just have to take the necessary precautions and measures to minimise your chances of getting a bad pollen attack!
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