Tips to help you avoid Hay Fever from Broadgate Clinic London Wall

Hay Fever, or give it its correct medical name, Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, is a condition that affects approximately 1 in every 5 people here in the UK. It is an allergenic condition that is triggered by the presence of pollen in the air which people inhale. The condition is a severe nuisance to those whose suffer from it. Broadgate Clinic London Wall is publishing this small guide in order to

Tell you how to treat symptoms
Help you to try and avoid Hay Fever altogether
Symptoms of Hay Fever

The symptoms of Hay Fever vary in their severity, and can be more or less severe, according to different circumstances. These circumstances include the weather conditions, and the pollen count. People are allergic to different types of pollen, and the timing of the onset of symptoms is dependent upon the types of pollen that the sufferer is allergic to.

The most common symptoms of hay fever include:

  • Repeated bouts of sneezing
  • A blocked and runny nose
  • Eyes becoming red, itchy and streaming
  • An itchy throat (can also affect the ears, mouth and nose)
  • A cough, which is the result of a postnasal drip (which refers to mucus from the back of the victims nose, dripping down into the throat)

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Earache
  • Facial pain and discomfort (as a result of blocked sinuses)
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Losing your sense of smell

Although these symptoms are relatively mild, they are extremely annoying and can with the victim’s daily activities and their sleep patterns.

The importance of pollen count

Because of the magnitude of the problem with Hay Fever here in the UK, radio and television weather forecasters issue pollen-count warnings when the count is high. The actual pollen count in any specific area is measured by the number of grains of pollen found in one cubic metre of air. Air samples are gathered in specially built traps, which are installed on buildings typically two or three stories high. This sort of height is ideal for collecting the optimum amount of pollen in the air. If these traps were to be placed at ground level, the amount of pollen that they would collect would be distorted by the pollen from trees and plants close by.

As the air is sucked into these pollen traps, the grains of pollen stick to either sticky tape, or glass microscope slides. The amount of pollen trapped is measured every two hours, after which the results are averaged out across a 24 hour period.

Pollen count parameters

Pollen counts parameters normally fall within:

  • Less than 30 g/m³ of air – low
  • Between 30 to 49 g/m³ of air – moderate
  • Between 50 to 149 g/m³ of air – high
  • 150+ g/m³ of air of air – very high

For most people, the onset of Hay Fever symptoms begins when the pollen counts reaches 50 and above. It is at its highest during spring and summer.

Advice on Hay Fever avoidance from Broadgate Clinic London Wall

Broadgate Clinic London Wall offers the following advice with regard to the avoidance of pollen and Hay Fever.

  • Refrain from mowing the lawn.
  • Create a nasal barrier inside your nostrils with a drug-free nasal balm or spray. Apply Vaseline to the inside of the nose to help prevent pollen from sticking to the lining of your nose.
  • Avoid outside activities while the air is warming up or cooling down (typically between 9 to 10 AM and 5 to 7 PM).
  • Close any Windows. This applies to both the windows in cars and the windows in your home or workplace. Bedroom windows can be opened at night, but should be closed again when you rise in the morning
  • Regular dusting around the house or work area. Use a damp or microfibre cloth as this will collect dust which will in turn help to prevent any pollen from rising and becoming airborne
  • Wash your hair regularly. Because pollen is sticky by nature it can easily accumulate in your hair. This can lead to it being transferred to your pillow when you sleep.
  • Vacuum carpets regularly. Pollen can live in carpets, so they should be regularly vacuumed.

Hay Fever treatments from Broadgate Clinic London Wall

Depending on the severity of your Hay Fever, there are two main treatments to help to relieve symptoms. These are:

  • Non-sedating antihistamines which are suitable for mild or intermittent bouts of Hay Fever.
  • Bespoke Corticosteroid nasal sprays and drops which need to be used regularly for optimum effect
  • Corticosteroid tablets
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Eye-drops
  • Immunotherapy (this can take months or years to successfully build up)

All of the above-mentioned Hay Fever treatments are available from the in-house pharmacy here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. If you live and/or work in London and you’d like to discuss the possibility of immunotherapy treatment, please call into our private walkin clinic London at London wall for consultation with one of our specialist doctors

Hay Fever can cause Asthma

You should be aware that there is a medical link between Hay Fever and Asthma, and in order to avoid developing Asthma, we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall advise you to take your Hay Fever symptoms seriously and treat them as soon as possible.