Hay Fever Help

30/09/2009

Spring is here and while the flowers are in full bloom, for many of us it is the dreaded hay fever season. But if you’re a sufferer, we have some handy hints about how to avoiding the sniffles...

 

PollenA quarter of Australians suffer from allergies of some sort, and we have one of the highest rates of hayfever in the world - more than 5 million of us snuffle our way through the spring months every year. Hayfever – or to give it its proper name Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis - is caused by an allergy to pollen and causes symptoms that range from mild itchy eyes and a runny nose to full-blown congestion and wheeziness. Tree pollen is a trigger for some at this time of the year though many more are affected by the release of grass pollen. Histamines are to blame here – they’re the substances the body produces in response to allergic reactions. In the case of hayfever, suffers are allergic to pollen, either from trees or grass.

But there is a lot hayfever sufferers can do to help themselves through this miserable time. The best advice is not to treat hayfever lightly – make arrangements to minimise its effect:

Prepare for the season by stocking up on medication, such as antihistamines, corticosteroids, nasal sprays and decongestants and eye drops. Try a few to see what works best for you.

Before you go out, check the pollen count and reduce your exposure to the type of pollen that causes you a problem.


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