How to Survive Hayfever SeasonDon't be a prisoner locked up indoors this summer, learn about the treatments available to help you manage hayfever so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine.
The thought of warm weather and a soft spring breeze are inviting for some. However, the change in seasons is nothing more than a precursor of misery for anyone who suffers from hayfever.
Fortunately, you don’t need to lock yourself indoors for the next few months. Instead, learn about the treatments available to help you manage hayfever so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine.
What is Hayfever?
In the UK, nearly 16 million people experience hay fever, which is around one in four adults and one in 10 children. Unfortunately, those numbers continue to rise each year.
Hayfever is often confused with allergies. However, it is a specific reaction to pollen. Hayfever is prevalent during the spring and early summer months because of the allergens floating in the air, primarily pollen and mould.
Trees and plants create pollen during the growing season of March through June. Hayfever symptoms can spike when extra pollen collides with warmer weather, humid temperatures, and high wind. Changes in the Earth’s temperature have lengthened the hayfever season, which can now run from early spring (March) until autumn (September).
Hayfever symptoms can stick around for months, unlike other allergies that will go away once the allergen is removed.
This can make it difficult to participate in everyday activities, including going to work. It’s challenging to do anything fun when you feel ill all the time. Plus, your co-workers and friends might want to avoid you if they think you could potentially infect them with a virus.
Symptoms of hayfever include:
- Runny nose
- Stuffed nose
- Itchy, red, watery eyes
- Itchy mouth, nose, ears, and throat
People who have asthma may experience additional symptoms, including:
- Wheezing when coughing
- A tight feeling in the chest area
- Shortness of breath that doesn’t go away
Some people will experience all the symptoms, while others will only recognise a few.
One way is by treating hayfever so your symptoms can be alleviated. Several medications are available by prescription and over the counter to help you manage your symptoms. Some people may need to take multiple medications, such as an antihistamine and a corticosteroid.
In addition, several COVID-19 symptoms aren’t present in hayfever, such as a fever, chills, joint pain, and GI issues. Likewise, people with COVID-19 don’t experience some hayfever symptoms, such as itchy eyes or a scratchy throat.
Of course, if your employer needs proof that you’re suffering from hayfever, not COVID, you can always take a COVID-19 test and show them the negative result.
If you suffer from hayfever, you might be dreading the spring and summer. The good news is that you don’t need to. Schedule a private consultation to learn more about which hayfever treatment options are suitable for you.
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