Hay fever is an acute inflammation of the nasal passages which usually occurs seasonally. It's often caused by pollens or other airborne allergens such as dust mites.
Why do some people suffer from hay fever while others don’t?
Those that suffer from hay fever have, at some point, had their immune system mistakenly identify a harmless airborne substance (like pollen) to be harmful. This is a process called sensitisation.
After sensitisation, when the body is exposed to an allergen, it produces chemicals such as histamine. These chemicals are produced to fight off the allergen, and cause cold and flu-like symptoms.
Hay fever can sometimes be confused with other conditions that can cause a runny nose, such as the common cold or flu virus.
The common cold develops five to seven days after being exposed to a cold virus, and symptoms can include a runny nose with watery or thick yellow discharge and fever.
Allergies, on the other hand, have no associated fever and generally occur soon after exposure to pollen.
If you believe you have allergies, it is best to see your healthcare provider to get allergy tests. This will help you to avoid allergens when possible.
For those allergic to dust mites, vacuuming and washing curtains, bedding, rugs, etc, in hot water will help kill off the little critters. If you are allergic to pollen, then you have a good excuse not to mow the lawn!
A non-drowsy nasal spray that starts to defend against hay fever and airborne allergies from 3 minutes.
The powder turns into a gel in the nose creating a barrier to shield and protect against hay fever and airborne allergies and reduces sneezing and a runny nose.
Contains horseradish and garlic which are traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve nasal congestion. With vitamin C to support immune system health.
Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist talk to your health professional. Supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.