I’ve noticed that a lot of people are Hay fever suffers. Myself being one but not to a major extent. I thought it would be a great idea to post a blog post on how to help deal with it. Hope this helps.
Sneezy Does It!
A season of contrasting temperatures could leave hay fever sufferers struggling to manage symptoms. As a result of the fluctuating weather, experts are predicting that pollen levels will hit a 50 year high and the overall season will stretch for up to a month longer than normal.
High levels of rainfall in recent months have meant grasses and weeds have flourished, allowing them to accumulate large stores of pollen. These are then being released during warm interludes between the deluges and are being widely dispersed by the wind, ensuring that the hay fever season for the country’s 16 million sufferers will remain intense and will be prolonged.
And even royalty and celebs are prone too, including HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Scarlett Johansson, Fearne Cotton and Cameron Diaz.
While filming the movie Match Point, one scene shot in a wheat field proved a disaster for Scarlett Johansson. ‘I’m allergic to the outdoors. I have lots of seasonal allergies,’ she says. ‘I was breathing in a lot of pollen and then I got some wheat in my eye – it was swollen for a couple of days.’
Hugh Grant: ‘During hot summer days my hay fever starts to play up. When I’m working and I’m doing outdoor scenes, tears constantly run from my eyes, ruining my make-up!’
Beverley Knight: ‘In recent years I’ve started to get hay fever symptoms. When I play at festivals, it’s particularly bad and can affect my ability to sing.’
Mums-to-be, parents and children with hay fever…
Hay fever is very common and can strike at any time from early spring to late summer. It often first develops in early childhood, with more than a third of youngsters suffering by the time they reach their teen years. For school-age children, symptoms such as itchy eyes, blocked noses and headaches, can have a detrimental effect on concentration, with one study suggesting that 40 per cent of teenagers suffering on exam day were more likely to drop a grade as a result of hay fever.
Children’s allergy specialist Dr Adam Fox says: “Often hay fever is trivialised, but in reality it can have a considerable effect on children’s ability to concetrate in the class and exam room. I would urge parents to take the condition seriously and consider using a non-medicated treatment that won’t leave their children drowsy and unable to focus on their school work.”
3 Things To Combat Hay fever This Week…
A natural alternative for those who want to block airborne allergens such as pollen entering the nose, a new water-based, drug-free treatment, NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK® (£11.99 for approx 150 applications, Boots), could be the answer. It works by using a patented technology operating on the simple principle of electrostatic charges, which stops allergens entering the nose. This preventative treatment is suitable for all hay fever sufferers including pregnant women and children.
Survive in the city
‘Urban Hay fever’ is on the rise with latest figures from Clarityn Rapide (£5.99, Boots) revealing that almost a quarter of (24 per cent) of women have taken time off work with hay fever and a further 22% admitting to missing an important meeting or job interview as a result of their symptoms. And sufferers find their symptoms are as debilitating as flu, with 70 per cent of the 500 workers questioned calling in sick due to hay fever. Clarityn Rapide can be taken without water and melts on the tongue, ideal for busy city-workers and commuters.
Hay fever accounts for around 2.5 per cent of all GP visits and more than £50 million in medication costs. Alcohol can worsen symptoms as beer, wine and spirits contain histamine – the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in the body – so it’s wise to limit your intake when pollen levels are at their highest.
Do you suffer from Hay Fever?
What’s your top tip? Apart from stay indoors HAHA