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Hay fever, how do you treat it?

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According to NHS England, one person sought care for hay fever symptoms every three seconds on Sunday.

Pollen levels in the UK have been high in recent weeks, and today they are anticipated to be “very high” throughout much of England and Wales.

Last week, there were 122,650 visitors to NHS England’s hay fever area of the website.

What is hay fever?

Allergies are quite frequent. The first wave of allergies appeared roughly 50 years ago, accompanied by a significant increase in asthma and hay fever.

Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) affects one in every four persons in the UK, amounting to around 16 million people. People who have hay fever are four times more likely to have other allergic disorders such as asthma, eczema, and food allergies.

Over the last 30 years, the number of persons diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eczema has tripled.

Hay fever is often worst between March and September, particularly when the weather is warm, humid, and windy – this is due to the greatest pollen concentration.

Who can get hay fever?

We all know that hay fever is growing more frequent, but did you realise that it may also affect newborns and dogs?

Pollen and dust may have the same effect on children as they do on adults. While many viral illnesses, such as the common cold, and disorders such as asthma, may have similar symptoms in newborns and infants, keep a look out for frequent sneezing, clogged or runny nostrils, itchy ears, throat, and/or mouth, red, swollen, or watery eyes, and headaches.

Hay fever symptoms in dogs vary from those experienced by adults or humans. However, the following symptoms should be avoided throughout the spring and/or summer:

Itching, nibbling, or rubbing their:

  • Paws
  • Eyes, ears, mouth and muzzle
  • Armpits
  • Abdomen
  • Legs
  • Around their bum
  • Groin

What are the general symptoms of hay fever?

Symptoms of hay fever include:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around your temples and forehead
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling tired

If you have asthma, you might also:

  • Have a tight feeling in your chest
  • Be short of breath
  • Wheeze and cough

How can you treat hay fever?

Though there is no official treatment for hay fever, there are measures you may do to alleviate symptoms. Visit your local doctor, who may recommend a steroid medication, such as steroid nasal spray.

They may also give you little quantities of pollen as an injection or pill to gradually build up your pollen immunity. Treatment normally begins in the winter, approximately three months before the hay fever season begins.

Adding bee pollen to your breakfast, yoghurt, or smoothie may help alleviate symptoms, as may increasing your honey consumption a few months before peak hay fever season.

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