Hayfever symptoms and treatment options

Hayfever symptoms and treatment options

With Spring here we often find ourselves sniffling and sneezing. Hayfever can occur all year, however there is a peak in Spring with the increase in pollen in the air.

Symptoms of Hayfever

* sneezing
* runny or stuffy nose
* itchy ears, nose and throat
* red, itchy or watery eyes
* headaches

Improving your symptoms

* stay in doors on days with high pollen counts (check the pollen count here: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/pollen-…/…/melbourne/melbourne )
* select plants in your garden that are pollinated by birds or insects not seeds in the air
* replace lawn with alternatives like fake grass or paved areas
* splash eyes often with cold water to flush away pollen
* reduce exposure to dust, animals and animal hair or fur.

Treatment of hayfever

* Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the best options for you. Ensure you mention any medication, medical conditions, pregnancy or breastfeeding.
* Nasal corticosteroid sprays. These need to be used regularly to get the benefit
* Non-sedating antihistamines. These can help with the sneezing and itching.
* Eye Drops. May relieve eye symptoms
* Decongestant nasal sprays. Do NOT use for more than 5 days.
* Allergen immunotherapy. Gradually increased exposure to the allergen can be done with some people under medical supervision. Ask your doctor if this is an option for you

See your doctor:

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