Spring is here

Spring is here and so is hay fever….

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, is common throughout spring season because it is caused by an allergy to grass pollen. Hay fever can also occur at any time of the year as an allergic reaction to dust mites, mould and animal fur or hair. Your nose acts as a filter where the tiny hairs and mucus that line the nasal passages trap the dust and pollen. An individual who suffers from hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in the nose – this is where the nasal passages become inflamed and more mucus is produced.

Some of the symptoms include, sneezing , a runny or stuffy nose . itchy ears, nose and throat, itchy or watery eyes or headaches.

How to prevent or limit symptoms of hay fever?
– Try to stay indoors on days where there is a high pollen count.
– Stay indoors as much as possible in spring, on windy days or after thunderstorms.
– In your garden, choose plants that are pollinated by birds or insects.
– Splash your eyes often with cold water to flush out any pollen.
– Reduce your exposure to dust and dust mites, animals and animal hair or fur.
– Seek advice form your local GP or pharmacist for anti-histamine, corticosteroid treatment or nasal sprays. ‪#‎hayfever‬ ‪#‎sneezing‬ ‪#‎itchyeyes‬‪#‎spring‬ ‪#‎allergies‬ ‪#‎caseycentralosteo‬