Are you one in nearly 4.5 million people in Australia who suffer from Hayfever?
What is Hayfever?
Hayfever is a common term for seasonal allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies. When you have a reaction to something in the environment you are in, the substance of the allergic reaction will cause a release of histamines, also knows as a chemical that your body uses to fight infection in your immune system. This histamine can cause some of the following symptoms, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes.
How long does Hayfever last in Australia? depending on where you live and which pollens you are allergic to, you could be in for a very long season.
What are the symptoms?
When allergens are breathed in, the release of histamine causes the lining of your nose to produce lots of mucus and to become swollen and inflamed. It may cause your nose to become runny, itchy or sneezing may occur. Your eyes may also start to water, and you may get a sore throat. Hay fever symptoms can mimic those of a cold. Most of the time, you can manage these symptoms at home using over-the-counter medicines.
How to manage your symptoms?
There are several over the counter medicines available at pharmacies to assist with the relief of any symptoms you may have during the hay fever season, such as oral medications, nasal sprays and eye drops. These medications can work in many ways and have pros and cons.
- intranasal corticosteroid sprays – these nasal sprays are often used for people who experience moderate to severe symptoms. If used regularly, this is one of the most common, effective treatments for rhinitis allergies.
- non-sedating antihistamine medication – for relief this medication can assist in controlling, sneezing and itching, but are often not as effective if you suffer from more server irritations such as a blocked and runny nose. Ask your GP or pharmacist for advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- eye drops – may relieve itchy, swollen or runny eyes.
Ask your GP or pharmacist for advice on choosing the correct treatment for you.