Seasonal Misery: Hay Fever

May 12, 2018 Source: Internal - Amina

For many Canadians, summer is the season to kick back and relax at the beach or go camping, but for some, it is the season of allergies. One of the very common allergies that Canadians struggle with is known as hay fever, seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Each year, individuals allergic to tree pollen or grass pollen cough and sneeze but many mistake it to be a cold. So how can one know if they are allergic or not?

How to Know

Hay Fever allergies usually occur during the months of spring to summer when weeds, grass or trees release pollen into the air. This usually occurs in the warmer months of the year and the symptoms include the following:

  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Watery, itchy, swollen or red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy mouth, nose or throat

What is the trigger?

Hay fever is prevalent in Canada and there are many people who suffer from various types of triggers which can initiate hay fever. This includes the following:

  • Outdoor allergies caused by pollens from grass, weeds or trees
  • Indoor allergies caused by dust mites, pet hair or mold
  • Other consumable irritants that cause allergies such as perfume, cigarette smoke and diesel exhaust.

Treatment and Prevention

Treatment of hay fever depends on its severity. Many people with severe symptoms opt to prescription medications to relieve them whereas others with not so severe hay fever may use over the counter medications. One might need to try different medications or combinations of them to know which one works best.

Another way to minimize allergies it to make changes to your lifestyle. This includes the following:

  • Shower after being outdoors to rinse of pollen.
  • Close windows closed during high pollen times; use air conditioning
  • Wash hands after being touching animals
  • Wear sun glasses outdoor to keep eyes away from pollen.

Rememeber to always visit a doctor once you experience any of the symptoms and are in need of medications for relief.