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Hay Fever advice

Apr 8, 2016 | Health Care

Suffering from the debilitating effects of hay fever?

Hay fever is the most common of all allergic conditions affecting around 1 in 5 people in the UK.

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen grains or spores produced by trees, grass, flowers and moulds. It commonly occurs between early spring and autumn but, for those allergic to certain tree pollens, symptoms can start as early as January.

What causes hay fever?Hay fever advice

Hay fever is caused when the body’s defences overreact to pollen in the air. The pollen causes a release of a substance called histamine from the cells in the body and, as a result, stimulates the allergic reaction that causes many of the symptoms associated with hay fever. The amount of pollen in the air depends on the time of year and the weather.

Hay fever prevention

To avoid exposure to pollen and spores, hay fever sufferers should:

  • check the weather reports for the pollen count and stay indoors when the count is high
  • wear wrap‐around sunglasses to protect eyes from pollen
  • keep doors and windows shut during mid‐morning and early evening, as this is when there is most pollen in the air
  • avoid grassy areas, such as parks and fields
  • get someone else to cut the grass for you
  • change clothes and take a shower after being outdoors to remove pollen
  • keep car windows closed, and consider buying a pollen filter for the air vents in the car
  • keep fresh flowers out of the house
  • not smoke in the house or breathe in other peoples smoke as this may irritate their symptoms

Mould spores also aggravate hay fever. They are released when there is a sudden rise in
temperature in a moist environment, so we suggest hay fever sufferers:

  • keep the house dry and well ventilated
  • do not dry clothes indoors, or store clothes in damp cupboards
  • use dehumidifiers to help reduce damp

Treatment for children

1 in 3 children in the UK have some kind of allergic condition. Hay fever can affect a child’s ability to concentrate at school, impairing memory and learning. Thankfully there are treatments available which are suitable for children. We can advise on the most suitable treatment.

  • Top tips for treating children:
  • Wipe the faces of babies or toddlers often to remove pollen from their eyes
  • Use a non biological washing powder
  • Try vacuuming their mattresses to remove allergens

Do pop in and see us if you’re suffering and need some help.
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