Hayfever Symptoms and Cures
The term hay fever covers allergic reactions to a host of substances-including plant pollen, animal hairs, dust, perfumes or cosmetics, tobacco fumes, food additives and alcohol.
Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, wheezing, blocked or runny nose, headache, swollen, streaming eyes and loss of the sense of smell. Hay fever is usually most widespread in spring or summer when pollen is in the air but can occur all year round if sufferers are allergic to house dust or mattress dust.
What you can do
• Avoid being exposed to the substance that causes the hay fever (if you can identify it).
• Remove old, dust-collecting furniture from your home.
• Vacuum carpets, furniture and your mattress frequently.
• Keep pets out of the house.
• Avoid fields and gardens during the pollen season (spring and early summer).
• Don’t have fresh flowers in the house during the pollen season.
• Throw out toys that collect dust and can’t be washed.
• Avoid tobacco fumes.
• In the bedroom, use foam pillows and possibly a foam mattress. Dust the room with a damp cloth every two days, and have a minimum amount of furniture.
• Try antihistamine medicine that can be bought from a chemist.
When to see your doctor
See your doctor if the symptoms become troublesome. A wide range of treatment is available.