Millions of people worldwide suffer from pollen allergy, and it appears that the number is only growing. No matter where you live, hay fever – also known as allergic rhinitis – can affect your nose and upper respiratory passages, causing sniffling, sneezing and a runny nose.
Although hay fever mostly affects people during spring and summer months, pollen allergies can rear their ugly head during the fall months as well. To be sure you suffer from hay fever and not a common cold, check out the common symptoms of allergic rhinitis below.
Common Symptoms of Hay Fever
When airborne pollen particles find their way into your nose and respiratory passages, they can cause various symptoms, including:
- Frequent Sneezing
- Runny nose
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg – pollen can also worsen asthma symptoms, making the lives of asthma sufferers miserable.
How to Relieve The Symptoms
First things first, to be 100 percent sure you really suffer from allergic rhinitis, visit your doctor and an allergist. This way, you’ll be able to get the best advice and the most appropriate treatment for you specifically. Usually, anti-allergy drugs can help significantly, as well as nasal steroid sprays.
If you’ve already done that but nothing seems to help, try some of the following tips and tricks:
- During the allergy season (which can be different for everyone), keep your windows closed and only air your house once a day, preferably in the evening/night;
- Remove carpeting if you have any during the allergy season, and always keep your floors clean;
- When exercising outside, exercise either late in the evening or very early in the morning;
- Invest in a humidifier and keep it in the room you sleep in;
- Drink at least one cup of nettle tea with a pinch of thyme every day;
- Drink chamomile and peppermint tea frequently;
- Up your intake of vitamin C.