How to Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms
Spring is finally here! You know what that means, longer days, warmer weather and of course, the inevitable return of your uncontrollable hay fever. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the great outdoors, however, as Focus Medical Eye Centre has got you covered! In this blog, we are going to discuss the causes, symptoms and how you can alleviate hay fever symptoms with expert eye care.
What is Hay Fever?
Hay fever is a common allergy that affects millions of people around the globe. Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is a reaction to pollen or other airborne allergens. It is common in the spring and summer months when pollen counts are reaching their peak. The chemical that causes inflammation and other allergic symptoms is histamine, hence the anti-histamine tablets that are often prescribed by doctors. This chemical is released causing a person to experience the symptoms of hay fever.
Symptoms of Hay Fever
The symptoms and severity of hay fever can vary from person to person, but they typically include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- Runny or blocked nose
- Irritated, itchy eyes, throat and nose
- Watery eyes
- Difficulty sleeping
Our Recommendation to Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms
While hay fever isn’t exactly a life-threatening condition, it can be very uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. Fortunately, there are several ways to alleviate some of these symptoms. Expert eye care can help alleviate some symptoms of hay fever and make the allergy season a little bit more bearable. While there is no outright cure, here are some things we recommend to help.
Allergy Eye Drops
Allergy eye drops are one of the most common and effective treatment options for hay fever. These typically contain antihistamines and other medications that can help relieve itching, redness, and swelling in the eyes. These can be purchased over the counter at every pharmacy as well as with us!
Nasal sprays are another popular and effective treatment option for addressing many of the hayfever symptoms. These sprays will often contain antihistamines and other medications that work to alleviate inflammation and irritation. As with allergy drops, these can be purchased over the counter at every pharmacy.
Anit histamine tablets will do a very similar thing as allergy eye drops and nasal sprays. The difference is that eye drops and nasal sprays are designed to target relief to a specific area or symptom. If you prefer to take oral medication that can be easily swallowed then these may be the better option. If you have a particularly bothersome symptom then perhaps look to the eye drops or spray to address the issue more effectively. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preferences and how intense specific symptoms are. We always recommend you consult with your pharmacist to determine which is the best option for you.
Avoidance measures can be taken to try to alleviate many hay fever symptoms. We recommend trying to remain indoors when pollen counts are high, especially in the morning and evening hours when pollen is most prevalent. Keep your doors and windows shut and cuddle up to your air purifier, which filters and traps pollen and other allergens from the air. If you need to go outside a quick shower and change of clothes will remove any pollen you may have brought in with you.
Some other potential avoidance measures you can try:
- Wearing wrap-around sunglasses that act as a barrier to help prevent dust and pollen from entering the eye
- A face mask will also act as a barrier for your face and nose (most people still have some of these!)
- Wearing a hat or cap to keep pollen out of your hair
- Not drying laundry outside as pollen can stick to clothes, towels and bedding
- Turning pillows reduces the amount of pollen that accumulates
- Keep pets off beds and sitting areas as pollen gets caught in their fur
- Avoid exposure to irritants such as perfume or air fresheners as they can aggravate symptoms
- Wash your nasal passages with a sterile saline solution to flush out any trapped pollen
Our Recommendation For Severe Hay Fever
If you have more severe symptoms, your GP can prescribe stronger and more effective treatment options. Typically, these options are reserved for individuals who have had little success with other treatments. Consult with your GP, who will assist you in determining if prescription medication is necessary for managing your symptoms. Your GP will speak to you about the risks and potential side effects of any medication they prescribe. It is crucial you follow the recommended dosage.
Focus Medical Eye Centre’s Minor Eye Condition Service
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of hay fever or another minor eye condition, our service is here to help. We will happily answer any questions you might have and help provide you with further guidance on your condition. Whether you are suffering from dry eyes, conjunctivitis, or any other minor eye condition, our service is here to support you.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team to discuss our minor eye condition service further. Call 01323 442 062 or email email@example.com and a member of the team will be in touch shortly. We look forward to hearing from you.