08 Jun 2021

How to treat Hay Fever

We are now immersed into hay fever season, the season of dread for sufferers. But, what is hay fever?

Hay Fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a very common allergic reaction to pollen or other allergens such as dust mites, animal dander (hair/fur) or mould. This occurs when the allergen is inhaled and the person’s immune system is sensitised. If you experience constant sneezing, itchy watery eyes, itchy skin, and blocked nose -you probably have hay fever. It is easy to treat if you know what to do.

Medicinal treatments are the most common way to treat hay fever. Even children as young as 2 years old can be treated. The main ingredient recommended is cetirizine dihydrochloride this can be found in brands such as Cetrine allergy liquid and tablet and Zirtek liquid and tablet.

How does it work? It basically works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. So, with daily use it can help reduce your symptoms within days.

Antihistamines are more effective when taken regularly as a prevention, before symptoms occur, rather than only when you have symptoms. More firm favourites have the ingredient loratadine, which can be found in Clarityn and Lorat. If you find the ingredient cetirizine does not work for you, remember that there are alternatives. What works for one person, might not work for another. Telfast Allergy tablets 120mg contain Fexofenadine Hydrochloride and are now available to buy over the counter, these were previously a prescription only medication. It is a non-drowsy quick acting antihistamine, offering effectiveness within one hour.

Nasal sprays offer fantastic relief for allergic rhinitis. Flixonase gives 24-hour relief, you only need to be use it once a day and gives immediate relief to the nasal congestion and runny eyes that allergy season brings, it is suitable for those over 18 years only. There are alternative nasal sprays such as Beconase and Nasacort.

Pregnant women can get relief with Becodefence, which is a drug-free nasal spray. Becodenfence have a spray for the whole family, including a kid’s spray. It is easy to pack into school bags if your child suffers with symptoms.

For those seeking nonmedicinal alternatives, we have other options. Hay-bands prove extremely popular each summer. It works by stimulating the LI-11 pressure point in the arm, which is helps relieve the symptoms of many allergies, including Hay Fever. Hay-Band provides season long relief is non drowsy, fast acting, re-usable and has zero side effects. There are different sizes different colours and now has become quite the accessory for summertime.

Hayfever wipes are great to carry around, wipes are infused with peppermint and tea tree oil to soothe skin and prevent pollen from irritating it further. Hay fever balm can be rubbed under the nose, so the pollen basically gets caught and does not cause further irritation. These little add-ons can make all the difference.

So, to make your summer more enjoyable and comfortable this year why not try some of our hay fever remedies and follow some helpful tips:

  • Wash your face and hands or have a shower after being outside for long hours as it washes the pollen away.

  • Try drying your clothes inside.

  • Don’t leave your bedroom window or car window open.

  • Wear your sunglasses, your hay fever band and hay fever balm and enjoy life outdoors in comfort.

If you have any queries relating to your allergies, please ask one of our highly trained health professionals in your local Hickey’s Pharmacy store this season. We are happy to help.