Hay fever is simply defined as an allergy to pollen, or dust mites. During periods of activity, symptoms include sneezing, nasal irritation and red, itchy or watery eyes.
- More common from May to July
- Caused by airborne irritants like pollen
- Effective remedies are available
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Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a condition characterised by itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and nasal blockages during certain days of the year. It is most common when there is a high concentration of pollen in the air, but it can be triggered by the presence of dust mites too.
Doctors are yet to fully understand why some people are more prone hay fever than others. It is thought that exposure to certain irritants during childhood (such as second-hand cigarette smoke) can play a role, as can genetics. Those with a family history of allergies may also be more likely to encounter hay fever.
Symptoms occur when the body releases chemicals to protect itself from what it perceives as a threat. The immune system wrongly interprets the presence of pollen or dust motes as an infection, and tries to flush it from the body by targeting the area affected with histamine. However, in reality, there is no threat actually present, and as a result, histamine has an abrasive effect on the tissue exposed to the irritant. This leads to swelling and inflammation.
Preventative measures can be taken to limit the severity of hay fever. These include staying indoors on days where the pollen count outside is particularly high, changing out of clothes when returning home after long spells outdoors, and keeping windows and doors around the home closed. Irritation by dust mites can be reduced by regularly cleaning those surfaces and fabrics around the home which may collect dust, keeping the home well ventilated, and ‘damp-dusting’ on a periodic basis.
However, taking such approaches are not always sufficient in limiting symptoms, as exposure may be difficult to avoid. In such instances, prescription medication may be necessary to help keep the extent of hay fever under control. This is available to buy online from Treated.com in a variety of forms.
You can order antihistamines from our UK pharmacy by taking our simple questionnaire. These work by blocking the channels between histamine and the tissue receptors this chemical acts on. This prevents the inflammatory response which causes irritation and swelling. Examples of antihistamines available for purchase include Rhinolast, NeoClarityn, Desloratadine, and Telfast
Corticosteroids are another form of remedial treatment for hay fever. They prevent the release of histamine by those cells that store it and help to prevent inflammation from worsening. Products such as Dymista contain a combination of both a corticosteroid, and an antihistamine, and work to provide all-round hay fever relief.
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Types of Treatment
Certain measures can be taken to limit the severity of hay fever symptoms, the aim of which is to reduce exposure to pollen and dust mites. For instance, staying indoors on days where the pollen content in the air is high can make a difference, as can regularly cleaning your home, and keeping it well ventilated and as free of dust as possible.
For some however, these approaches will not be enough to stop the onset of hay fever symptoms, and treatment with antihistamines or corticosteroids may be required. They are usually issued in tablet or nasal spray form.
How do they work?
Antihistamines function by stopping the action of inflammatory chemicals, released by the immune system in response to an airborne trigger. These chemicals, referred to as histamines, are a natural line of defence against infection and viruses. But, when released in response to pollen or dust, they can cause swelling and inflammation. In blocking the effect of histamines on receptors found on tissue surfaces, antihistamines help to reduce symptoms.
The purpose of corticosteroids in hay fever is to stop histamine being released in the first place from those cells which store it and reduce inflammation. Corticosteroids and antihistamines are combined in some products, such as Dymista, to provide a more comprehensive form of hay fever relief.
What are the side effects?
These tend to vary from product to product. For those using a nasal spray, a burning sensation in the nose may be among the more common side effects, as might an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Headaches, drowsiness and dry mouth are among those most often reported with the use of tablets. Consult the pages for each product to find out more.
Can I take them with other medications?
Hay fever treatment may sometimes interfere with the function of antiviral drugs or indigestion remedies. Again, please refer to the relevant page for more information.
What’s the difference between the medications?
Rhinolast and Dymista are intended solely for hay fever; whereas Telfast, NeoClarityn and Desloratadine can also treat chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives). They do this in the same way, by limiting the effects of histamine.
Dymista and Rhinolast are both nasal sprays, while Telfast, Desloratadine and NeoClarityn are tablets.
Should I take nasal spray or tablets?
It depends mostly on the nature of your symptoms. Nasal sprays are best at treating symptoms in the nose and airways, whereas tablets have a more general effect and can help reduce all hay fever symptoms.
Refer to the product pages for more information, and if you are still unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Are there different side effects?
Yes. The most common include headache, dry mouth and tiredness, but these may vary between products.
Is it right for me?
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