Spring is in the air (and so is pollen!)

In technical terms, Hayfever (Allergic Rhinitis) is an allergic response to pollen that affects the mucosal membranes of the nose, eyes and air passages. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to prevent and ease the sneeze or wheeze before it takes on more problematic symptoms.

Thinking beyond spring

Pollination times vary greatly with the plant species and location. For example, trees pollinate in late winter and early spring. Grasses flower next, and the weed ‘Plantain’ flowers from August through to May. So it’s always wise to stay on top of preventative measures each side of spring.

Medication & treatment options

  • Antihistamines are the most commonly recommended treatment for hayfever. Take a look at this extended list of your medication options:
  • Non-sedating antihistamine tablets or syrups.
  • Intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays (INCS). Different brands of INCS vary in
  • strength and effectiveness.
  • Medications containing an antihistamine and intranasal corticosteroid nasal spray offer the combined advantages of both medications.
  • Decongestant sprays unblock and dry the nose. However, using these for more than a few days can cause long-term problems in the nose.
  • Decongestant tablets can also unblock and dry the nose. They can have ‘stimulant’ side effects like tremors, trouble sleeping, anxiety or an increase in blood pressure. People with high blood pressure should not take this medication.
  • In more severe cases you may require a visit to your GP

Although medications do not cure allergies, they are much more effective with fewer side effects today than ever before. You simply need advice on the best way to use them. Avoid medicines that can cause more problems than they solve, such as frequent use of decongestant nose sprays or tablets. Always seek qualified advice from your UFS Pharmacist or doctor about medications or treatments that will relieve your symptoms.