Many of us look forward to the spring and summer months, the lighter evenings and the warmer weather however for hayfever sufferers the spring time brings the added dread of months of debilitating symptoms ahead.
During Spring/Summer and sometimes at other times of the year the different types of pollen in the air can trigger symptoms such as a running nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, irritation in the throat, headaches and fatigue. Some sufferers also experience a wheeze or tightness of the chest. For many people who suffer with Hayfever (allergic rhinitis) these symptoms can last for months and finding relief can be tricky and costly.
Many people will have tried the most common ways of controlling their seasonal symptoms such as wearing sunglasses, regularly rinsing the nasal passage and using sprays, administering eye drops and taking over the counter antihistamines however these require daily upkeep and so can become all-consuming, disruptive and costly.
What is Hayfever?
Hayfever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Approximately 1 in 4 people are affected throughout the year, many at different stages. For example tree pollen allergies tend to trigger in the spring season up until May whilst grass pollen usually affects people between May and July and weed pollen between June and September. Hayfever works in the same way to any other allergy, whilst pollen is not dangerous to you, your immune system initiates an inflammatory response to a foreign substance (in this case pollen) entering the body and fights to remove it.
How can you treat hayfever?
There are numerous treatments available for hay fever symptom relief. Some commonly used treatments include anti-histamines or nasal sprays. Our doctors will assess you and discuss some options for treatment of your hayfever.