Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that affects the nose.
Most people associate hay fever with spring, when airborne pollens from grasses are at their peak. However, hay fever can occur at any time of the year, via reactions to allergens around the home, such as dust mites, moulds, animal hair or fur, or occupational allergens.
Some of the symptoms include:
a runny or stuffy nose
itchy ears, nose and throat
red, itchy or watery eyes
In some cases, the symptoms of hay fever can be so severe that a person can’t sleep or concentrate, and may feel tired or unwell.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction
Your nose acts as a filter. The tiny hairs and mucus that line the nasal passages trap dust, pollens and other microscopic particles. A person with hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in the nose, such as pollen.
An allergic reaction means the immune system treats a harmless substance as if it is dangerous, and launches an ‘attack’. The nasal passages become inflamed and more mucus is produced.
Reducing hay fever symptoms
Suggestions to prevent or limit symptoms of hay fever include:
Stay indoors as much as possible on windy days in spring and in wind gusts that come before the storm.
In your garden, choose plants that are pollinated by birds or insects, rather than plants that release their seeds into the air.
Splash your eyes often with cold water to flush out any pollen.
Reduce your exposure to dust and dust mites, animals and animal hair or fur.
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