It’s spring; the pollen is in the air and the wildflowers are blooming. It’s that time of the year where hay fever rolls back with a vengeance.
Whether you’re a seasoned victim or a newbie, this spring can bring with it a lot of challenges and can knock you for six.
It’s important to protect yourself against the elements, something the team at Padbury Pharmacy can assist you with.
What is hay fever?
You may have heard the phrase before, but what exactly is hay fever?
Known medically as Allergic Rhinitis, hay fever is the swelling of the insides of the nose as a result of a sensitive immune system, which interprets pollen or dust as a threat to the body.
Hay fever affects about 500 million people worldwide and is characterised by swelling of the nose, itching, sneezing or mucous discharge.
If your hay fever is bothering you, it’s important to seek medical assistance.
The natural defences
Steve and his team have a sure-fire method for lessening the effects of your hay fever.
The first barrier is your natural defence! Your body is a fantastic anti-body generating masterpiece.
Given a few little natural nudges, your body will be able to defend itself against the harsh pollens associated with spring.
Horseradish, garlic and Vitamin C are monumentally important in building your natural defences.
Add some extra into your diet, or come down and chat supplements with the team.
Additionally, during this time of the year, it is even more important to add fresh, healthy foods to your diet, including fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
You could also cut or reduce your dairy intake, and minimise your exposure to pollens during this period.
It is best to stay indoors when it is particularly windy throughout spring, as these days are usually associated with a high pollen count.
Many people also use essential oil inhalations, combining oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus or lemon myrtle. Combine these oils with boiling water in a bowl, place your head over the bowl and inhale the steam. This can assist in loosening up the mucus and helping you breathe easy.
And if not?
Should you still succumb to the pollen, Steve recommends a non-sedating antihistamine.
There are a number of reputable brands stocked at Padbury Pharmacy – just ask our team!
Another important method of lessening the effects of hay fever is nasal sprays, such as Nasonex.
Nasal sprays are effective in treating mild symptoms of hay fever, including sneezing, itching in the nose and a runny nose.
Hay fever in babies
Whilst adolescent children are more likely to get hay fever than younger children, it can be a difficult issue for any kids.
Hay fever is usually a minor problem, but if your child is especially sensitive they will likely have itchy eyes, red and sore eyes, wheezing, hives, rashes and eczema.
If you have any concerns for your child, seek immediate medical attention.
For assistance on treating your hay fever, come in store and have a chat to one our friendly pharmacists.