How to Treat Hay Fever This Summer
Friday, 2 August 2019 | Paul
Most of us eagerly await the arrival of summer all year round, while others are filled with dread: it’s hay fever season. Some of you may scoff, while others nod in understanding, but what’s the big deal with the allergy?
Up to one in four people are affected by hay fever at some point in their life. I’m sure we’ve all seen watery-eyed individuals walking down the street while blowing their nose in the midst of summer, but what causes it?
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis occurs when a person is allergic to pollen, whether this is grass, tree or weed pollen, or dust mites. It can occur at any time from spring to late autumn, but is most common during summer as the pollen count is at its highest.
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of hay fever are similar to those of a cold and include:
How Can I Treat Hay Fever Myself?
While hay fever cannot be cured, there are certain measures that can be taken to ease the symptoms:
What Not to Do When Suffering from Hay Fever
Common sense tells us not to go near pollen when hay fever hits, but what else can be done to alleviate these upsetting symptoms?
Are Any Other Treatments Available?
Many sufferers use antihistamines to relieve the symptoms of itchy eyes and a runny nose, but these don’t work for everyone.
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