Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Hayfever Sufferer? Keep An Eye On The Pollen Count!

The pollen season has now begun. People who are susceptible to hayfever are advised to check the daily pollen count, especially in certain parts of the UK. According to the prediction of meteorological department, the pollen count will be high for the next few days. This is the time when people are vulnerable to experience hayfever, especially those with weak immune system.

Forecasters predict that the risk of grass pollen will rise in this week and the count will augment once the rain subsides. In addition, the weed pollen count is going to increase, which is expected to be airborne. For the remaining days of the week, hayfever victims should start implementing preventive measures, as the pollen count is expected to be on the higher side. It is the time when grass pollen production is at peak. This could be a warning sign for people who are prone to allergic rhinitis.

High pollen in atmosphere can generate allergies and hayfever. Considering pollen forecast daily or weekly can help you prevent and manage the symptoms of hayfever, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal blockage, post-nasal drip, red/itchy eyes and lachrymation. Normally, the pollen season is observed between March and August. However, it may start from early January and lasts up to late November.

Noting the pollen count regularly can help you prevent hayfever and that’s possible if you follow preventive aspects of hayfever. For instance, reducing the exposure to outdoor atmosphere can greatly prevent or ease your symptoms. However, there are other things you can follow to keep yourself away from hayfever.

Avoid pollen exposure
When pollen count is high (above 50), it is imperative to stay indoors. Keep doors and windows shut, do not keep fresh flowers indoors, use HEPA filter, keep pets outdoors, damp dust regularly and do not smoke. It is very difficult to avoid pollen completely. If you need to step outside or travel, follow below-mentioned tips –

  • Avoid walking or playing in grassy areas, especially in the early morning and evening
  • Stay away from cutting grass or gardening
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent pollen entering your eyes
  • Take a hot shower bath after coming from outdoors   
  • Keep your car windows closed
  • Rub some amount of petroleum gel inside and around the nose to evade pollen invasion

If you have already started experiencing hayfever symptoms, make sure you seek medical help. You can use hayfever medicines that include oral antihistamines, nasal sprays or eye drops. Remember, before using any medicine, consult your doctor.

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