I’ve certainly noticed that I’ve started to get the usual symptoms of a runny nose and itchy eyes every time I leave the house. Does this mean that summer is finally around the corner?
The plants and trees around us are all prolifically producing pollens right now. Whilst this is great for the other plant and trees around them, it’s not so good for those of us who are allergic.
If you suffer from hay fever, this means that your immune system is fighting against the pollen. The immune response triggers inflammation in the nose, eyes and throat, resulting in the uncomfortable hay fever symptoms.
We are usually able to diagnose hay fever from the symptoms alone. Pollen allergy can also be confirmed by allergy testing.
Sadly as pollen is all around us, it’s not something that we can choose to ignore. We can try to stay indoors, keep our windows closed and avoid grassy areas, but I certainly don’t want to spend my summer months trapped inside!
Luckily there are a number of treatments that can be prescribed to help your symptoms. These include eye drops, nasal sprays and tablets. If your symptoms are particularly severe, Specialists can organise desensitization therapy.
If you have any questions or concerns about hay fever, and want help with your symptoms, book an appointment with Laila or myself and we’ll be happy to help.More