Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is one of the common allergies. Hayfever occurs when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. The tiny pollen particles come into contact with cells that line your mouth, nose, eyes and throat they irritate them and trigger an allergic reaction 1,4.
Symptoms of hay fever can adversely affect work, home and social life 4.
You can have allergy to 1, 4:
- Tree pollen: February–June
- Grass pollen: May–August
- Weed pollen: August–October
- Check weather reports regularly for the pollen count 1,4-5.
- Remain indoors when the pollen count is high 1,4-5.
- Avoid activities known to cause exposure to pollen 1,4-5.
House dust mite allergy
House dust mites are tiny creatures that live on human skin scales. Mites are found in bedding, carpets, soft furnishing and clothing. People who are sensitive to house mites are actually allergic to the proteins in their droppings rather than the creatures themselves 4.
- Wash beddings and pillow cases in hot water
- Vacuum clean carpets regularly
Animals shed tiny particles of dead skin (dander), feathers and hair all of which can trigger an allergic reaction 4.
- Remove pets permanently from the house.
- Groom and wash your pets regularly.
- Keep pets outside or in a room without a carpet.