HayFever & Allergy Information

All about HAYFEVER

Hayfever is an allergic reaction to airborne allergens. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • pollen
  • house dust mites
  • mould
  • pet hair

An allergy develops when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen as though it’s a threat, like an infection. It produces antibodies to fight off the allergen, in a reaction called an immune response. The next time a person comes into contact with the allergen, the body remembers the previous exposure and produces more of the antibodies. This causes the release of chemicals in the body that lead to an allergic reaction.

Symptoms you may suffer from:

  • blocked nose
  • runny nose
  • frequent sneezing
  • itchy eyes, nose or throat
  • watery eyes

How to reduce hayfever

Avoiding allergens is the best way to reduce the frequency of hayfever symptoms.

  • Check the pollen count and try to avoid outdoor activities if it is a high count.
  • Reduce your exposure to dust and dust mites, animals and animal hair or fur.
  • Splash your eyes often with cold water to flush out any pollen.

How to treat

Some medications may help the symptoms of hayfever including:

  • Intranasal corticosteroid sprays
  • Non-sedating antihistamine medications
  • Eye drops
  • Decongestant nasal sprays like Otrivin for quick relief of nasal congestion
See your GP if your symptoms don't improve or if they're getting worse.

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