And so after over 10 years of recommending and dispensing hay fever medication in the form of tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops etc., I finally get to suffer the severe form of symptoms myself.
It’s good to experience what it feels like I must say especially when you’re involved in telling people to take this or try that to manage their symptoms. Mine has kicked off in a really bad shape as there are times I ask myself if I’ve got hay fever, flu or even malaria.
I can’t remember my eyes feeling as itchy as it feels at the moment to the extent I’ve had to stay off eye makeup. And how about my throat; always itching including my nose and ears. My nose feels blocked/runny at the same time-not the best of symptoms at all.
It’s a nightmare; pollen dust could have such powers, mind you this could last for up till September.
Trust me I have a well-stocked cupboard of over the counter and pharmacy only medicines for a ‘host’ of minor ailments. Believe me when I say I’ve tried two different antihistamine tablets-the none drowsy ones of course as I have to drive to and fro work and it’s quite a distance! I didn’t want to use the eye drops or nasal sprays in the first instance but have finally decided to go and get some from my local pharmacy.
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It’s good when you have to practice what you preach I guess.
I have decided to share some useful tips on how to manage hay fever symptoms as it’s NOT CURABLE!
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes, and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
•Sneezing and coughing
•A runny or blocked nose
•Itchy, red or watery eyes
•Itchy throat, mouth, nose, and ears
•loss of smell
•pain around your temples and forehead
If you have asthma, you might also:
•have a tight feeling in the chest
•be short of breath
•wheeze and cough
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
How to treat hay fever yourself
There is currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent getting it. However, you can do some simple things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
· Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen.
· Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes.
· Shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash off pollen.
· Stay indoors whenever possible.
· Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible.
· Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth.
· Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter.
· Cut grass or walk on the grass.
· Spend too much time outside.
· Keep fresh flowers in the house.
· Smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse.
· Dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen.
· Let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors.
Please see your Pharmacist or Doctor if you think you have hay fever.
Adaku Efuribe is a Clinical Pharmacist/Health Promotion Ambassador who advocates for better health care systems for all.
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