Allergy season is almost here again. Perhaps you struggle to find effective solutions that help manage your hay fever, but you can make a difference this year! There are some easy ways you can help keep sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and runny noses away this season. Before we talk about how you can better manage your seasonal allergic rhinitis, let talk about how it affects you.
Facts About Hay Fever: You Are Not Alone!
Did you know that almost one in five Australian adults suffer from hay fever? i.e. about 18% of Australian adults between the ages of 15 – 59 suffer hay fever symptoms.
If you suffer hay fever symptoms regularly, it is worthwhile and important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist. A qualified healthcare professional can give you a proper diagnosis and help you with an effective plan for managing, controlling and potentially avoiding the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Hay fever symptoms, tend to peak during the months of October through to the end of November, which is a late spring time in most of Australia. Cities along the East Coast, such as Sydney, have a longer allergy season than the rest of the country.
The cause of hay fever symptoms for many is pollen, which is created by local grasses, flowers, and trees. Animals and the wind carry the pollen, putting it into contact with humans. For those whose allergen trigger is pollen, this is the reason symptoms begin to flare up in Spring time. Fortunately, we have some simple ways that you can reduce your seasonal rhinitis symptoms and get yourself Spring ready!
- HEPA Filters and Humidifiers
Trapping allergens as they come into your home or work space is a great way to reduce your allergy symptoms. HEPA filters use technology to draw in allergens so they can be disposed of when you change your HEPA air cleaner. A cool mist humidifier is another great way to ease allergy symptoms which become agitated when nasal passages are dried out due to running your air conditioning system. Run the cool mist humidifier and the humidity will cause allergens to fall to the ground rather than floating in your space’s air.
Vacuuming your floors, especially high traffic areas, on a daily basis is an efficient way to reduce the amount of allergens floating in the air of your indoor space. If your allergies are especially sensitive, then use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. If using a vacuum with a regular filter, be sure to clean or change the filter each time that you vacuum your floors.
- Stay Hydrated
When your nasal passages are dry, then your nose will be itchy and your throat will feel scratchy. You may significantly reduce allergy related symptoms in your throat and nasal passages by drinking six to eight, eight-ounce glasses of water each day. Keep a water bottle handy at your desk, in your handbag and your car and remember to hydrate.
- Use Eye Drops
Just as your throat and nasal passages need to be hydrated, eyes too, need to stay moist. Itchy, watery eyes are a common hay fever symptom. Using allergy eye drops may help with these symptoms.
- Try a Saline Nasal Spray or Wash
If a runny nose or congestion is ruining your chances to enjoy the warmer weather, then try using a saline nasal spray. Saline nasal sprays, such as Flo Saline Plus are non-medicated and preservative-free and can be used alone or with medication. Saline sprays are a great tool to add to your allergy management kit and are handy to use when you’re on the go. If you need something a bit more heavy duty, then try a more thorough sinus wash at home like Flo Sinus Care. This washes away irritants in your sinuses as well as your nose and can be particularly helpful before using a medicated allergy nasal spray.
This allergy season, you shouldn’t have to struggle alone with your symptoms. By applying these simple tips to your daily routine and talking with a healthcare professional, you can make your symptoms more manageable, whether they are mild or moderate. Your spring time should be fun and your hay fever symptoms shouldn’t have to hold you back.
NOTE: If your hay fever tends to be persistent and occurs all year round, or it affects your day-to-day life, always get advice from your healthcare professional.