It’s Spring aka Hay Fever season. And sufferers surely know it. But they also know it can strike in Summer as well as Fall. Despite its name, Hay Fever doesn’t require hay or cause a fever. It can be rather inclusive that way. Its symptoms are usually caused by allergic sensitivity to airborne mold spores and numerous pollens. Allergic rhinitis, as it is medically known, is a significant Chronic disease that often effects the healthier population. In fact, in the past century, its prevalence has increased 10-fold. Some patients even experience symptoms the year-round, i.e. Perennial Allergic rhinitis.
While Hay Fever symptoms vary, from patient to patient, the most common are:
- Runny nose and nasal congestion
- Watery, itchy, red eyes
- Postnasal drip
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. It might even be time to see an Allergist. Once you are properly diagnosed, you can work toward managing your Hay Fever. This is especially important, if you are already living with an illness that can be worsened by the symptoms of Hay Fever, i.e. Stress, Asthma, Lung Diseases and Heart Diseases.
Life does not stop, because you have Hay Fever. That’s a no-brainer. You have things to do, work to finish, plans to keep and dreams to chase. To get you started, here are a few simple tips for managing your illness:
- Start medications before peak pollen times (1-2 weeks if possible).
- Wear a hat and wrap around sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.
- Use a nasal allergen barrier to protect your nose from pollen, i.e. Vaseline.
- Monitor your local pollen count and stay indoors when levels are high.
- Keep windows and doors closed.
- Consider purchasing a humidifier for your home.
- Keep your appointments with your doctor, even when you are doing good.
There is no cure for Hay Fever, but there are ways to keep it from controlling your life. So, talk to your doctor. Take your medications as directed. Implement these easy tips. Make smart decisions. It’s Spring. Enjoy it! You don’t have to be in misery!
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