Allergies

Top Ten Tips to Combat Hay Fever

Hay-feverHay Fever is also known as Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. In the United States alone, it affects anywhere between 10 and 30% of adults and as many as 40% of children. This particular allergy is estimated to affect approximately around 60 million people in the United States, and the numbers are increasing every year.

The onset of spring is the pollinating season for the trees, grasses and weed. The mold spores and pollen get airborne and can be flown hundreds of miles. These pollen and mold spores enter the airways of humans and animals alike and causes allergies.

 

Why do we get Hay Fever?

Our bodies have an inbuilt protective mechanism commonly known as the immune system. The immune system sometimes wrongly identifies some proteins as a threat. In this case, the protein in the pollen and the mold spores are perceived as an enemy by the immune system. It reacts with its own army of soldiers better known as the IgE antibodies. These find the proteins and bind with them The resultant molecule causes the body to release large amounts of a chemical, histamine from the mast cells of the gut, pharynx and skin. Histamine is the chemical which onsets the adverse physical reactions.

Top 10 Tips to Control Hay Fever

Below are the top 10 tips to control hay fever:

1. Check pollen count before stepping out

Check the forecast for the estimated amount of pollen floating in the air before planning any activity outdoors.

2. Apply petroleum Jelly at the bridge and creases of the nose

Petroleum jelly at the base and bridge of the nose can trap pollen grains and stop them from entering the nasal passage by making them stick to the skin.

3. Masks, glasses and Hat

Wear pollen masks in the allergy season. Wear glasses when going out to protect the eyes and wear a hat to prevent pollen grains from sticking to hair.

4.Keep doors and windows closed

Keep all windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from entering the house especially in the afternoons when the count is high. Install a HEPA enabled air filter to trap the allergens in the air.

5. Keep outdoor vehicles and furniture covered

Outdoor vehicles and furniture should be kept covered, otherwise a thin sheet of a green yellow layer of pollen grains will stick to the open surfaces of vehicles and furniture.

6. Keep pets away from Bedrooms

Pets can bring in pollen grains from outdoors by making them stick to their coat. Prevent pets from entering your bed room as it can increase your sufferings.

7. Change and wash bed spreads daily

Bed sheets, spreads and pillow cases should be washed daily.

8. Clean Floors well

If you are lucky to have hardwood floors you can get them wet mopped from time to time to keep away allergens. In case of wall to wall carpet, use a good HEPA enabled vacuum cleaner to remove allergens. Steam cleaning carpets periodically is also a good idea.

9. Avoid being close to plants, grass, trees and weeds

Avoiding mowing lawns, gardening or any such activity which involves working with plants.

10. Consider moving to coastal areas

In case the problem is intense, you can consider moving to coastal areas where the pollen counts are less.

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