What is Hay Fever and How Can it be Treated?
What is Hay Fever?
Hay fever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to pollens and usually occurs at specific times of the year. If you suffer from hay fever, you may notice that the symptoms are worse between March and September as this is typically when the pollen count increases.
According to the Met Office, hay fever season in the UK is as follows:
- Late March to Mid May: Tree pollen occurs which affects roughly a quarter of the population.
- Mid May to July: Grass pollen starts which is the type of pollen that affects the most people.
- End of June to September: Weed pollen typically occurs during this time, but it should be noted that weed pollen can be released whenever.
Certain factors can also affect the pollen season such as lower winter temperatures and spring rainfall.
Signs/Symptoms of Hay Fever
- Itchy, red, and/or watery eyes
- Itchy throat
- Nasal congestion
- A runny nose
- Sinus pain
How to Reduce Exposure to Pollen and Triggers during Hay Fever Season
- Check the pollen count on weather reports such as Met Office to determine the best/worst days to go outside
- Try to keep the doors and windows closed throughout the day
- Wear pollen/face masks and/or wraparound sunglasses outdoors
- Remove outdoor clothes and take a shower as soon as you get home
- Avoid drying clothes and bedding outside when the pollen count is high
- Avoid gardening and/or mowing the lawn
Treatment for Hay Fever
Unfortunately, hay fever is currently uncurable so there’s nothing that can be done to permanently get rid of it, but there are remedies and it can definitely be treated.
Antihistamines: These are medicines that treat allergies and can relieve the symptoms of hay fever. They can come in different forms such as capsules, tablets, and liquids, for example.
Decongestants: These are medicines that can relieve nasal congestion, or a blocked nose caused by allergies and can also come in different forms such as tablets, liquids, and sprays, for example.
Benadryl Allergy Liquid Relief is a fast-acting antihistamine that works to quickly relieve the symptoms of Hay Fever, Pet Allergies, Skin Allergies and Dust Allergies. These symptoms may include itchy nose, runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes, frequent sneezing or Urticaria (hives & itchy skin rash). Benadryl Allergy Liquid Relief can be taken when required to relieve you of current symptoms or taken regularly to help prevent allergy symptoms from occurring.
Benadryl Allergy Relief is a fast acting antihistamine that works to quickly relieve the symptoms of Hay Fever, Pet Allergies, Skin Allergies and Dust Allergies. These symptoms may include itchy nose, runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes, frequent sneezing or Urticaria (hives & itchy skin rash). Benadryl Allergy Relief can be taken when required to relieve you of current symptoms or taken regularly to help prevent allergy symptoms from occurring. Each capsule of Benadryl works to relieve symptoms for up to 8 hours.
Beconase nasal spray provides fast-acting relief from the symptoms of hay fever such as nasal congestion, sneezing, running nose, itchy nose, watering eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, and sinus discomfort. Beconase nasal spray contains beclomethasone, an antihistamine that is highly effective at significantly reducing the inflammation and swelling in the nose. This highly effective formula is able to treat multiple hay fever symptoms at one time and fight off the effects to offer relief for up to 24hours.
Nasal Congestion can be caused by a number of different things such as common colds and certain allergies. The blood vessels inside the nose become inflamed, causing the nose to become blocked. As a result of this, excess mucus is formed which can cause the blocked nose to become runny. Numark Nasal Decongestant Spray works to treat the causes of a blocked nose, making it easier to breathe. It works in minutes to provide fast and effective relief for up to 12 hours.
There are also some natural remedies and treatments that you could try such as:
Carotenoids (carrots, pumpkins, sweet potato, and spinach)