It’s nice to see a change in weather, perhaps not everyone will agree. However, I suffer bad from hayfever, or more commonly known as skin allergies caused by certain food/diet change, pets, sun exposure and weather. Which is why I am glad that the sun is on its way out, although hayfever can stick around all year my peak time seems to be summer.
The UK has one of the highest rates of hay fever in the world. Hay fever is an allergic inflammation of the nasal passages which is triggered by pollen, released into the air by grass, trees and weeds.
How many people have hay fever?
10-30% of all adults and around 40% of children. (Approximate figures)
Even though pollen is not dangerous, your body will often overreact when you are exposed to pollen in the air. It is not fully understood why some people develop allergy to non-harmful pollens, but inheritance plays a role, and allergy often runs in families
There are many different types of skin conditions that can be triggered by allergy and they can be extremely uncomfortable, causing a great deal of distress and even embarrassment.
Skin Allergies is very common.
Skin allergy symptoms like redness, itching, and swelling often go away on their own in a week or two, with or without treatment. You can do some things to make it more comfortable in the meantime.
Here is some things you can do from home:
Avoid contact. It might sound obvious, but it’s worth a reminder. You can’t use or touch what triggers your allergy.
Chill out. A cool compress or shower can help calm a fiery rash. Gently pat dry and then moisturize.
Colloidal oatmeal is oatmeal ground to a powder, so it mixes well with water. It can calm inflamed skin for some people. But some people can have reactions to it. To try it, use lukewarm water. If it’s too hot, it can irritate and dry your skin.
Add anti-itch cream. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone or calamine lotion may relieve itching.
Go baggy. Don’t wear tight clothes. They can irritate your rash. Play it loose and cool.
For severe symptoms, try a damp dressing. First find a soft cotton piece of clothing, like a long-sleeve T-shirt or long underwear. Soak it in water, wring it out, and then put it on. Wear something over it that’s snug, but not too tight.
If you have a skin problem that doesn’t go away on its own, always get it checked out by a doctor — even if it gets a little better from a home treatment. They could be a sign of a serious medical condition.
Using a nasal filter will stop you breathing in pollen, keeping it out of the sensitive areas of your nasal passages and helping to prevent hay fever symptoms. Made of clear plastic, they are discreet, easy to use and ideal for outdoor activities.
An alternative is nasal powder that coats the sensitive areas of your nasal passages, reducing the amount of pollen that can affect them.
Nasal creams applied around your nostrils will trap some pollen with its sticky surface as you breathe in.
Keep pollen out of your house because pollen can stick to fabrics, avoid drying clothes outside and take your clothes off in the bathroom. Changing into fresh clothes when you get home and wiping down your furniture with a damp cloth can help get rid of any stray pollen.
Pets can carry pollen on their fur, so it’s a good idea to run a damp cloth over them when they come back indoors. Washing and brushing your hair before bed also reduces the amount of pollen you inhale while you sleep.
Effects on your quality of life.
Pollen allergy symptoms can disrupt your sleep, making you feel extremely tired during the day. There is a well-documented link between hay fever and poor exam performance, while for adults, concentration levels and productivity at work may decrease.
If your allergy symptoms are taking their toll and interfering with your daily life, it is important that you seek help by consulting your doctor or an allergy specialist. Allergy affecting the nose and eyes can also exacerbate asthma. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment is important to decrease the impact allergy has on your life in the short and long term.