Hay Fever sufferers this week will be aware of the current
Pollen high and the news surrounding “Thunder Fever”. We have already seen this
Spring and Summer; the presence of tree pollen earlier than usual. With Hay
Fever sufferers starting to take medication earlier this year, we look into how
you can manage the symptoms of Hay Fever and explain why your Hay Fever may be
the worst it’s ever been.
Thunder Fever is to blame for the sky-high Pollen counts
this Summer. Asthma sufferers have been warned of the dangerously high levels
of Pollen due to the rising temperatures and uncontrollable humidity. The
current hot weather is looking to keep the Pollen count at all time high until
at least the end of June.
The mixture of heavy rain fall and increasingly hot weather
has seen an increase in grass Pollen with airborne allergen expert Max Wiseberg
stating we may have a “Pollen crisis” on our hands in the UK.
Sunny days create huge clouds of Pollen which spread
throughout the air causing irritating reactions for Hay Fever sufferers. This
followed by heavy downpour days and thunderstorms; split the grains within the
Pollen clouds making them more allergenic which in turn triggers “Thunder
Fever” a more troublesome version of Hay Fever. Unfortunately for Hay Fever
sufferers Thunderstorms are forecast for the following week, so how can you
control the symptoms of Thunder Fever?
Hay Fever Symptoms
Hay Fever cannot be cured; however, you can control the
symptoms with medication. Certain Hay Fever medications are known the cause
drowsiness, the government have issued a warning to all Hay Fever sufferers,
making them aware that they could potentially incur a driving ban if they use
drowsy Hay Fever relief tablets. What is the best medication for you and can
you control the symptoms by using home remedies?
Xyzal – This anti-allergic medicine is also known as Levocetirizine. The medication helps reduce Histamine and subside the symptoms of Rhinitis – Hay Fever. Histamine is released when you have a reaction to a substance, you’re are allergic to, for example – Pollen, Fur or Dust, enters the nose and irritates the lining causing a reaction. Levocetirizine reduces the reaction without making the patient drowsy, we recommend this medication to those operating vehicles and machinery. Other non-drowsy medications include; Fexofenadine! You can find both forms of non-drowsy anti-histamine on the alldayDr website for as little as £1 per day!
Avamys – This is a spray which can be used to reduce the symptoms of Hay Fever. This spray will ease symptoms such as; runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion. This is a non-drowsy medication available in a spray or as drops. This medication can be found for £2.90 per day on the alldayDr website.
Vaseline – The use of Vaseline to reduce Hay Fever symptoms is natural, medicine free and effective. Patients are advised to coat the nostrils with Vaseline to trap Pollen and reduce symptoms.
Wraparound sunglasses – One of the most
irritating symptoms of Hay Fever is irritated eyes. Eyes can be protected by
wraparound sunglasses; Pollen will be unable to enter the eye avoiding eye
Wash before bed – Pollen gathers on your skin
throughout the day and attaches to your hair. Showering and washing your hair
before bed will help you sleep throughout the night without any reaction!
If you’re Asthmatic – Ensure you have your reliever inhaler with you at all times. High Pollen is known to cause severe Asthma attacks, if you need to use your inhaler three or more times a week you must see your GP urgently to ensure your safety. You can see a GP via our incredible skype style video call without delay on the alldayDr app. See how it works here; https://www.alldaydr.com/consultant
Pollen Filter – When you are indoors you may
benefit from a Pollen filter. This vents the air within the room and ensures it
is pure and Pollen free. Speak to a GP about the possibility of using a Pollen
filter within your home.
How do you
know it’s Hay Fever?
Your GP will be able to diagnose you with Hay Fever, however
if you have the following symptoms it is highly likely that you are suffering
from the Pollen count;
Sneezing and coughing
Runny, sore, block nose
Itchy and irritated eyes
Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
Loss of smell
Pain around your forehead and temples
Be sure these symptoms are not related to something more sinister such as Asthma. Symptoms include;
Tight feeling in your chest
Shortness of breath
If you feel you may be suffering from a severe case of Hay Fever, or feel you may potentially suffer from Asthma; contact your GP urgently. If you are struggling to get hold of your GP contact a trusted, high quality, GMC registered GP via alldayDr.com today!
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