H is for HAY FEVER

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. When these tiny particles come into contact with the cells that line your mouth, nose, eyes and throat, they irritate them and trigger an allergic reaction.
I suffer an incredible attack which starts pre-spring all the way through to summer.

Its B.A.D.

I get to use almost every type of over-the- counter drug to prescription medications such as steroid medication (corticosteroids).
I use eye drops treat eye redness, itchiness and watering (allergic conjunctivitis) so I am forever in sunglasses. The bigger the better.
I become a walking chemical lab…. just to be able to do so without weepy creepy eyes or have unsexy radio voice and not the nasal sprays (I hate things going up my nose!)…..arrghhh!!!

Symptoms of hay fever: symptoms vary in severity and your symptoms may be worse some years than others, depending on the weather conditions and the pollen count. Your symptoms may start at different times of the year, depending on which types of pollen you are allergic to.

The symptoms of hay fever include:

  • frequent sneezing
  • runny or blocked nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes (also known as allergic conjunctivitis)
  • an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

Less commonly, you may experience:

  • the loss of your sense of smell
  • facial pain (caused by blocked sinuses)
  • sweats
  • headaches
While symptoms of hay fever may be mild, they can interfere with your sleep and your daily activities at school or work.  There is no known (at least to me) preventative cure.

To avoid being exposed to too much pollen:

  1.  Avoid cutting grass, playing or walking in grassy areas, and camping.
  2.  Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you are outdoors.
  3.  Change your clothes and take a shower after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body.
  4.  Try to stay indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50).
  5.  Keep windows and doors shut in the house. If it gets too warm, draw the curtains to keep out the sun and keep the temperature down.
  6.  Don’t keep fresh flowers in the house.
  7.  Vacuum regularly, ideally using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particle arresting) filter.
  8.  Damp dust regularly. Dusting with a wet cloth, rather than a dry one, will collect the dust and stop any pollen from being spread around.
  9.  Keep pets out of the house during the hay fever season. If your pet does come indoors, wash them regularly to remove any pollen from their fur.
  10.  Don’t smoke or let other people smoke in your house. Smoking and breathing in other people’s smoke will irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways, and can make your symptoms worse.
  11.  Keep car windows closed. You can buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car. This will need to be changed every time the car is serviced.
  12.  Rub a small amount of Vaseline inside your lower nostrils. This can help prevent pollen from entering your nasal passages.
  13.  If possible, avoid drying clothes outside. This will help prevent bringing pollen into your house.
 PS: The longer you take steroid tablets the more likely it is that you will begin to experience unpleasant side effects, such as:
  • weight gain
  • changes in mood, such as feeling irritable 
  • acne

Immunotherapy
So a friend told me about this terapy for hay fever symptoms which are not relieved by OTC, which your GP may refer you for immunotherapy treatment which is only carried out in specialist medical centres in case a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occurs.
However, immunotherapy may take months or even years to be effective.
Is this my last resort or my 2013 resort???

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