Hay Fever

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There are two general types of hay fever. One is common throughout the year, called perennial rhinitis, and the other, seasonal allergic rhinitis, which usually occurs only when plants are seeding and their pollen is airborne.

People tend to think that hayfever occurs in peak summer months but for some sufferers hayfever starts as early as January and lasts through to the autumn. If you find that you get symptoms seasonally they could be due to pollen or specific grasses, trees or flowers.

It is useful to compare when the symptoms appear with different pollen in the air. The main culprits are the pollen in trees, field grasses, and flowers in the spring and summer months.

The first thing to do is to find out exactly what it is that you are allergic to. The most effective way takes the form of a skin prick test, which can be done in the privacy of your own home.

When you know what type of pollen or allergen you react to, then you will need to steer clear of those trees or flowers etc… even if you like them! As the pollen causes a problem when it is airborne, keep your windows closed at home and in the car during periods of high pollen counts.

If you get seasonal allergic rhinitis in the Spring, then you may find your mouth and throat begin to itch and perhaps swell if you eat certain fresh fruit and vegetables around that time. In some respects this can make sense, since the vegetables and fruit have come off trees whose pollen you may be allergic to.

If your hayfever starts later in the season, and you have an allergic reaction to grass pollen, you may develop oral allergies to tomato, melon and watermelon as a result.

Check what specific pollen you are allergic to so that you can take the appropriate steps to alter your lifestyle away from these plants and perhaps the relevant fruits and vegetables in that class of allergy.

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