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Allergy triggers this season, and how to cope with Hay Fever!

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A recent article suggests that more people will be struggling from hay fever this year, due to an increase in air pollution.

‘People who already have allergies are likely to have worse symptoms if they are in a polluted environment,’ says Professor Green. 

Spring has sprung early this year, and for many hay fever and allergy sufferers, it isn’t necessarily a good thing. “New research suggests the pollen season is lengthening, so people could get symptoms of hay fever for more of the year than they used to. A U.S. study, published in February, found that the pollen season lengthened by up to 30 days between 1990 and 2018. So instead of starting in mid to late March and ending in early September, it is starting in late February and finishing when autumn is well under way in October.”

Even people who don’t usually suffer from hay fever could be targeted this year! “Other research has indicated that, even in people who don’t have the allergy, pollen can suppress the way the body responds to viruses by reducing the immune response in the airways — with the risk of catching Covid linked to the amount of airborne pollen circulating.

That’s why it is an added benefit if you have an air purifier in your home, to help incinerate any nasties floating around. “In a typical year, the tree pollen season begins first, starting in February and lasting until June. The grass pollen season starts in May and finishes in July. Weeds such as stinging nettles release pollen from June to September.”

“[A Study] found that the pollen season in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 started 20 days earlier than in 1990 and lasted ten days longer, and there was 21 per cent more airborne pollen than there had been 28 years earlier.A similar pattern is being seen in the UK and other countries in the northern hemisphere — warmer, earlier springs and longer, balmier summers are helping to lengthen the allergy season.” This meaning that we need to look after ourselves now more than ever, if our allergies are starting to creep in earlier and earlier.

‘As well as causing red, itchy eyes, streaming noses and sneezing, hay fever can also cause brain fog, which makes it harder to concentrate so you are not as effective as you should be.’ Struggling with allergies can affect people’s everyday lives, that’s why it is important to have the correct treatments, such as nasal sprays and barriers to keep you calm.

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Brain fog & lack of sleep

Hay fever can have constant effects as well, including “Brain Fog” due to lack of sleep.

Not being able to sleep during the allergy seasons is very common as “up to 57 per cent of adults and 88 per cent of children with hay fever have sleep problems, including waking up dozens of times a night for brief periods. This in turn leads to daytime fatigue and decreased concentration, according to a study published in the World Allergy Organisation Journal in 2013.”

The theory is that this brain fog results from poor sleep quality as you try to breathe at night through inflamed sinuses.” Fortunately, there are remedies out there to help you sleep more peacefully, and therefore reducing the effects of brain fog and sleep deprivation. Hay Max Balm & Sinus Sprays along with a whole range of air purifiers made specifically to help clear the air can help to provide you with a better night’s sleep.

Face masks are more important now than ever. They help to prevent the spread of viruses, but also help to control your allergies. “When you are tending your garden or walking outside, a face mask can help minimise your exposure to pollen particles, says Sid Dajani.

‘Ordinary [surgery-style] blue masks will help reduce the number of pollen grains entering your nose and mouth but sealed masks with vents filter out 95 per cent of particles in the air,’ he says.

You and your pets

Keep an eye on your pets this season too! If you are an allergy sufferer, it is normally advised to remove clothing when entering your home to prevent bringing pollen inside. This is also recommended for your dogs as well. To help prevent your animals bringing in pollen you can:

  • Keep a damp towel by your door and wipe paws as soon as they enter your house.
  • Give your dogs a wipe down as soon as they come back in.
  • Keep any toys they play outside with as clean as possible.

As for humans: ‘When you get home, take a shower and wash your hair to remove pollen,’ says Dr Morris. 

‘Put on clean indoor clothes which won’t make you itch and sneeze.’

You can Click here to read more over at the Daily Mail website, where all of the quotes in this article have been sourced. It’s a good read, and highlights the problems and developing issues of hay fever with every passing year.

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