Can allergies like hayfever ever be corrected?
Hayfever is likely to last for many years and may never be entirely corrected as there is no cure. It is estimated that 80% of children who suffer from hayfever will still have trouble ten years later and 40% of young adults will still be sneezing twenty years on. In some cases, allergies may start in childhood, disappear for a number of years and later resurface. Allergic people are also prone to developing new sensitivities.
How can I manage my hayfever so I can get on with life as usual?
- Allergen avoidance – Where possible it is recommended to identify your hayfever triggers and try to avoid them.
- If dust mites cause you grief, wash bedding weekly in 55°C water and cover mattresses and pillows with dust‐mite proof covers.
- If pets trigger hayfever problems, keep them outside of the bedroom and living areas.
- If mould causes your hayfever symptoms, ensure adequate natural ventilation in your home and seal leaks in bathrooms and roofs.
- If pollen is a trigger for you, remain indoors on days where pollen counts are high, on windy days or after thunderstorms. If you are unable to remain indoors, ensure you take antihistamine medication with you and shower after activities where there is high exposure to pollen.
- Medication – Non‐sedating antihistamines are effective in relieving hayfever symptoms including sneezing, runny and itchy nose, itchy and watery eyes and an itchy throat. Corticosteroid nasal sprays, saline nasal sprays or irrigations and decongestant nasal sprays or tablets may help to clear nasal congestion and reduce symptoms of hayfever.