What a delight and great feeling with the coming of spring! However, it is not always as rosy as it seems. Spring brings its own concerns with continuous running nose, itchy eyes, and sore throats, sneezing… the terrible nightmare called Hay Fever. Often referred as to an allergic reaction, Hay fever tends to get more severe in spring. During this period, our flora mass produces pollen for fertilization resulting in a hike of pollen level in the air.
It is estimated that 2 persons out of 10 in the UK suffer from Hay Fever. Anybody can fall prey to Hay Fever. It has been observed that Hay Fever develops more in school age children and follows till adulthood. Hay Fever can also be heredity and the chances to get this allergy increases proportionally if you are already suffering from eczema or asthma. There are other factors which make you more prone to Hay fever, for instance boys catch Hay Fever more easily, your date of birth also plays a great role (if you are born in high pollen season), if you are the first born child in the family, you have no elder or younger siblings( unique child) etc.. It has also been noted that children coming from high income groups or have been exposed to cigarette smoke since early childhood also have a greater risk of catching Hay Fever.
If you are unsure that you are suffering from Hay Fever, see your doctor and ask for a diagnosis based on your symptoms. Usually a skin test or a blood test is just needed to confirm whether you are suffering from Hay Fever or not. Certain symptoms may also ring a bell. Hay Fever symptoms vary from one person to another and the most common of them include itchy throat, blocked nose, watery red eyes, sneezing etc…In some cases, some people may even experience loss of sleep, severe headache, excessive sweating, muscular pain (face pain) etc…There are different treatments against Hay Fever but it should be noted that this allergic reaction cannot be avoided as it is impossible to get away from pollens . However, what can be done is simply to limit or cure the symptoms of the sufferers. Some medications that can help are eyes drops (to prevent watery eyes), antihistamine nasal sprays (to clear the passage of the nose), corticosteroid tablets (to get rid of excessive sneezing) etc…
If your Hay Fever symptoms are still persisting, you should discuss it with your doctor. You may also be required to try various treatments or medications. This allergic reaction can also be lessened if you choose to follow certain guidelines, for instance stay indoor as much as possible, close your doors & windows properly, avoid gardens, close your car windows while traveling, wash your hair properly if you have been in the country side, purify your environment- for instance by opting for a powerful air purifier which will attract all the allergens present in your environment (air purifiers are equipped with special filters for that purpose and this filtration will leave you with a much fresher air) -see more at: www.purelifestylewonders.com, keep your pets away as they very often bring allergens inside the house, wear a mask, not to hang clothes outside (can attract pollen) , remove all indoor plants, regularly wash your face with water and wear glasses to prevent pollen from entering your eyes.
Spring is meant to be enjoyed and with a little precaution, you can make the most of this wonderful season.