Achoo! – Dealing with Hayfever
Hayfever affects about 1 in 5 people in the UK
Hayfever is an allergy to grass or hay pollen and can also include trees and weeds. People with asthma are likely to find their symptoms triggered by pollen too. So, what can you do to help relieve your symptoms?
Hayfever prevents around 20 per cent of the UK from enjoying spring and summer. A time known for ice creams, sun cream, picnics and sunshine is marred for hayfever sufferers who instead are dealt the nasty effects of an allergic reaction. This reaction is caused by pollen spores which cause tight throats, stuffy noses, running eyes and headaches.
Pollen and allergen spores trapped indoors can circulate constantly in a closed environment, an air purifier is specially designed to destroy these. Pollen spores are undetectable to the human eye, they get trapped in clothes, on pets, in the carpet, sofa and other fabrics. This can cause a lot of distress and sleepless nights as pollen spores circulate throughout the home. An air purifier can destroy these pollen spores and work silently throughout the night and day, allowing your home to be a safe haven from hayfever.
Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes. Don't be put off by the fact that the spray contains a steroid the dose is tiny and only goes where it's needed (it isn't absorbed into the rest of the body).
To use your nasal spray effectively here are some tips :
- Read the instructions that come in the box and check with your GP or pharmacist that you know how to use it correctly.
- Start using it two weeks before the pollen that affects you comes into season.
- Clear your nose and place your chin to your chest.
- Hold the spray in your right hand for spraying into your left nostril and put the nasal spray into your nostril – make sure it's pointing into the side of your nose towards your ear.
- Spray while breathing in slowly through your nose, but DO NOT sniff when you breathe in as this will take the spray into your throat and you'll swallow it, rather than keep it in your nose.
- Take the dose as directed and as often.
- Keep using the nasal spray even if your symptoms don't improve straight away. Sometimes it can take a while to make a difference.
- See your GP or pharmacist after you've been using it for two to four weeks to confirm that this is the right treatment for you. Also see them if you experience any side effects (such as an unpleasant lingering taste or smell, nose bleeds or intense sneezing).
These can help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Be aware though that some types
of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines (known as nonsedating antihistamines) are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever. Antihistamines are available as tablets, in liquid form or as a nasal spray.