Suffering from hay fever is an all too common issue for many people during the spring and summer months.
For some woman, hay fever means more than just itchy eyes and a sneezing fits. Suffering from hay fever can be irritating for an entirely different reason that you rarely hear being discussed.
Sneezing can trigger accidental peeing, also known as Urinary Stress Incontinence. Nasal irritation and the resulting sneeze can cause the pelvic area to struggle with the pressure. This can also be caused from laughing, jumping and running.
Accidental peeing can be caused by childbirth or when going through the menopause. This happens when the pelvic floor becomes weakened, or when tissues around the area begin to thin as a result of low oestrogen levels. It happens and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about!
So, what can you do when this occurs?
Eating or upping the amount certain foodstuffs, such as onions or cranberries, is a good start. They contain quercetin, which lowers the production and release of histamine.
Increasing the levels of water you consume is another way to help ease Urinary Stress Incontinence. There’s a common misconception that reducing the level of water you intake will lower the chances of any accidental peeing. If anything, this is the worst thing you could do, as dehydration can increase the side effects of hay fever and bladder leakage!
Finally, there are pelvic floor exercises that can be completed to help strengthen the area - just don’t do them when going to the bathroom!
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