Know the steps that you can take to nip hay fever in the bud during seasons when the pollen count is high.
For most of us, summer days mean idyllic time spent outdoors, and nothing can be more blissful than lying in the grass, enjoying the sun, and sleeping away the afternoon. Unfortunately, the summertime translates into a terrible time for people who have hay fever, as pollen levels are quite high during this season.
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is an ailment caused by an allergic response to different allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mold, or pet dander (minute flecks of skin and saliva that is shed by dogs, cats, and other animals with fur or feathers). Irritants like cigarette smoke, diesel fumes, or perfume in the atmosphere can also trigger hay fever symptoms in people who have this health condition. The most common symptoms of this allergic disorder include nasal congestion; sneezing; a runny nose; eyes that are red, itchy, and watery; cough; and fatigue. The symptoms of hay fever can be quite similar to those of a common cold, so consult a doctor if the symptoms are persistent or you notice that they are worse when the weather is warm and dry.
Currently, there is no cure for hay fever, but the good news is that most people with this condition are able to control the symptoms with proper treatment and some self-care. Seasons during which pollen counts are high are usually the most challenging times for people with hay fever, so you need to take some extra precaution in order to ease your discomfort and prevent the worsening of the symptoms. Here are some of the ways in which you can combat hay fever and enjoy the warm weather.
Reduce Exposure to Your Allergens
Hay fever is caused only by wind-pollinated plants and not flowers, contrary to what most people tend to believe. Such plants include trees, grass, and weed, which usually release pollen from early spring to late autumn. Knowing the specific allergens that affect you the most is the first step to battling hay fever, as you can then take precautions as the season approaches. In addition, you can check out a pollen calendar to identify the plants that trigger your allergy, so that you can avoid places where these plants are in abundance. Although avoiding pollen altogether is not possible, there are steps that you can take to minimize your exposure to pollen and thereby reduce the chances of hay fever.
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