Hay fever relief: what can be done?

Feb 23

Hay fever relief is an issue for many sufferers. Learn what you can do to alleviate symptoms.

You’re having a great day, getting things done, then all of the sudden, for no reason at all, you start to sneeze. But then this sneeze seems to go on and on, causing your eyes to water, nose to run, and leave you feeling so tired that your whole day comes to a sudden stand still.

You are not alone, for millions around the earth today suffer from this same illness of “hay fever“.

Whether your in England, America, Brazil, Australia or New Zealand, there are people who suffer from these symptoms.

Hay fever is not a serious deadly disease to have, but its effects can cause great discomfort to those who suffer from it.

So what exactly is hay fever, and is there anything that can be done for those who suffer from it? Why do people suffer from hay fever? All of the answers are still not yet known to us, however, we do know that heredity can be a major factor. Apparently some 80% of hay fever sufferers have had some kind of family history with this illness. Even though it may be an inherited illness, the specific hay fever allergy may not be. For example a parent may suffer from asthma, but then the child may suffer from hay fever.

One other factor that may cause hay fever symptoms could be emotional stress, such as tension, overwork, fatigue, and extreme anger. But whether these symptoms alone can cause hay fever is an area that is still being researched today.

Another cause could be due to the environment that we live in today with the many pollutants in the air. However once again, exactly how much this contributes to the symptoms is still under research today.

One of the most common symptoms of hay fever is the continual sneezing and runny noses etc. What is the cause of sneezing? What happens with hay fever sufferers is that things such as dust in the air or pollen enters into the nasal passage and causes irritation to the nose. Sensitive nerve endings in the nose send a message to the brain. Then the brain sends a message back to the nose to provide a watery fluid to remove the unwanted object. The brain also will send another message to the lungs so that a lungful of air is inhaled, then another message to the vocal chords to seal off the air passage to prevent any air from, escaping. The muscles in the chest wall and abdomen then tighten, thus compressing the air that is in the lungs. Finally the vocal chords are told to relax, and the compressed air is then suddenly released, dislodging the unwanted object along with the watery fluid. All of this takes place suddenly, and without us even being aware of it.

For hay fever sufferers this is a continual event, especially in seasons when there is a lot of pollen etc. in the atmosphere.

Once the nasal passages are irritated and continuous sneezing begins, the slightest dust particles that would not normally cause irritation seems to start the sufferer in a sudden bout of sneezing. So it is easy to understand why hay fever sufferers do not like seasons of the year when strong, dry winds can blow for days at a time.

Hay fever is one of the most common allergic reaction found today. Even though hay fever is not considered as being a dangerous illness, it can cause great suffering to those who are victim to this illness.

The term “hay fever” is actually a misleading name given to it, since “hay” is not the cause of the symptoms, and there is no “fever” associated with it. What is generally considered to be the causes are things such as pollen, mould, even dust within the air systems. Hay fever usually happens most commonly in either spring or fall when grasses, weeds, trees are generally flowering.

So what can be done? Antihistamines and inhalants can control the worst of the symptoms.

Another thing that has helped many sufferers is maintaining a good diet and plenty of exercise, as this will increase the antibodies within our immune system. Effective cures for hay fever are still being researched and until then, we need to consider all cures available for this illness.

If you regularly entertain gusts in your house, then you may want to give kind consideration to those who may suffer from hay fever and eliminate anything that may cause a reaction within your home.For example making sure that our house is thoroughly dusted prior to their coming over, then we will eliminate those foreign objects that may upset them.

So, next time it is spring or fall(Autumn) in your area, you may want to give kind consideration for those who are suffering from hay fever.