Hay fever season is upon us once again and there will be many who suffer from a variety of symptoms. Some people will only have an allergy or sensitivity to one type of pollen, others will be susceptible to a whole range of pollens. Symptoms can range from runny nose and eyes, sneezing and itching of the mucous membranes. There are many things you can do to help ease the symptoms but one of the main things, is to be prepared before the pollen starts.
Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one-in-five people at some point in their life.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
- a runny nose
- itchy eyes
Read more about the symptoms of hay fever.
The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen.
Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.
You can have an allergy to:
- tree pollen, released during spring
- grass pollen, released during the end of spring and beginning of summer
- weed pollen, released any time from early spring to late autumn
Read more about the causes of hay fever.
Many people find that their symptoms improve as they get older. Around half of people report some improvement in symptoms after several years. In around 10%-20% of people symptoms go away completely.
There is currently no cure for hay fever but most people are able to relieve symptoms with treatment, at least to a certain extent.
In an ideal world, the most effective way to control hay fever would be to avoid exposure to pollen. However, it’s very difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors. Click here to continue