Looking after your health – allergies and hayfever

Allergy and hayfever symptoms

Hayfever and allergies often come about every spring but some people can suffer from symptoms all year round. Airborne allergens include pollens (from grasses, flowers or trees) and animal fur, pet dander or dust mites.

Hayfever and allergies commonly occur in spring but many people can suffer from symptoms all year round. Airborne allergens include pollens (from grasses, flowers or trees) and animal fur, pet dander or dust mites. When these allergens are breathed in, they reach the moist tissues of the nose and produce chemicals (like histamine). These chemicals set off an inflammatory allergic reaction which may lead to symptoms such as:

• Congested nose – blocked or runny
• Itchy nose
• Sneezing
• Itchy, watery eyes

Using a preservative-free saline nasal spray or a sinus wash may help temporarily relieve symptoms of airborne allergies because they:

• Wash away pollens or other irritants that have been breathed in.
• Dilute allergy substances produced by the nose.

Ask your pharmacist about preservative-free saline solutions, sprays or washes.

All Flo saline products are preservative-free.

Benefits of nasal / sinus washing

The cleansing action of a preservative-free nasal or sinus wash may help reduce the severity of hayfever and allergy symptoms* because it:

• Decreases the pollen or allergen load in the nose
• Dilutes the chemicals that inflammation produces e.g. histamine
• May improve the effectiveness of common allergy treatments (prior to dosage) by clearing the nose of excess mucus.

*Nasal irrigation as an adjunctive treatment in allergic rhinitis. A systematic review and meta-analysis.Hermelingmeier M, et al. American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy 2012. Vol 26, no. 5, pp110-125.

To gain the best results from allergy medications, consider using Flo Sinus Care or Flo Saline Plus prior to their use.

For a dry, sore or crusty nose, try a moisturising nasal oil like Flo Nozoil.

For further information about managing allergy symptoms, please ask your pharmacist.

Further suggestions

If your nose is completely blocked due to allergies, refer to your pharmacist for advice on a preservative-free nasal decongestant, such as Flo Rapid Relief.

Using a high volume, low pressure nasal and sinus wash such as Flo Sinus Care may help temporarily relieve both sinus and nasal congestion resulting from colds, sinusitis, hayfever and other allergens. Flo Sinus Care has been specially formulated to closely mimic the body’s own tissue fluids and is a preservative-free wash. It is an easy at-home treatment that can be used twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Flo Saline Plus is a preservative-free, isotonic saline nasal spray with a gentle formula. It may help temporarily relieve nasal congestion as a result of breathing in irritants. Flo Saline Plus is a handy spray for when you’re on the go or outside.

For temporary relief from hayfever and allergies in children, try Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray or Flo Kids Saline Nasal Spray. These are preservative-free, isotonic saline solutions with a gentle micro-mist that can be “sprayed at any angle” for easy and quick dosing.

Always read the label. Follow instructions for use. If symptoms persist, consult your health professional.