Many of us warmly welcome the first signs of springtime without a second thought. For others, the higher pollen count between late March and September each year (hay fever season) can act as a timely reminder that their symptoms will surely start again. Pollen is typically yellow in colour and it is the fine powdery substance used by nature to fertilise plants, carried in the wind when the weather is often warm and humid.
This allergic reaction to pollen is one which the medical community is still trying to find out how to cure hay fever permanently. Hay fever is also not a condition which you can prevent from happening. The symptoms and the discomfort wihich comes with it, can last for weeks or even months. Perhaps the best way forward for now is to receive the best hay fever treatment option which works for you.
Symptoms of Hay fever
Common signs of hay fever as an allergy familiar to many of us, include:
- Sneezing and coughing, particularly when outside
- A runny or a blocked nose
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes
- Itchy or sore throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Headache and/or earache
- Feeling tired or exhausted from the constant discomfort
Please note that if you have asthma, you may also experience a tight feeling in your chest, be short of breath, wheeze or cough, perhaps in addition to the other symptoms shown above.
What causes Hay fever?
Spring is the season in nature’s calendar when plants and flowers grow again, pollinating in order to do so, which increases the concentration of pollen in the air. Yet this allergy can also be triggered at different times of the year too, depending on which kind of pollen is currently being carried in the wind at the time – such as tree or weed pollen in addition to the more commonly known springtime grass pollen.
Please note that hay fever does not affect everyone. Should pollen come into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat it can trigger a whole set of mild to severe hay fever symptoms for those affected which can be difficult to manage without help. Hay fever can be experienced without fail, each and every year.
Treatments for Hay fever
Knowing hay fever affects you is the key to managing your symptoms during the months of every year when higher pollen counts are recorded. Practical steps such as showering and washing your hair plus having a change of clothes ready every time you return home from work or social activities during hay fever season can help you reduce the amount of pollen you come into contact with, triggering your symptoms.
If you are looking for hay fever treatment options, rest assured that there are choices available to you which can be discussed in detail during an appointment with our experts. Antihistamine medication can be prescribed or perhaps a steroid nasal spray may be deemed suitable for you to use.