Don’t despair, dear reader. With more and more being learnt about hay fever all the time reducing your symptoms is now easier than ever. In fact although household dust, pets, foodstuffs and even some seemingly innocuous everyday materials can cause an allergic reaction in some people, the biggest problem in the UK continues to be hay fever.
This year the UK National Allergy week runs from 28th April to 4th May 2015 and aims to raise awareness of the issues that organisers Allergy UK deal with all year round.
Let’s take a look at some of them.
So what exactly is an allergen? An allergic reaction is the body’s way of dealing with something that it sees as a threat. Hay fever is caused by airborne allergens such as pollen from plants and flowers but it can also be down to inhaling dust and animal fluff.
The unpleasant result is allergic rhinitis, which affect the nasal membranes meaning they become inflamed, extra sensitive and sore. Subsequent symptoms can include a persistent and aggravating cough, sore streaming eyes, a runny nose and sore throat.
According to Allergy UK figures, more than one in five people in the UK suffer from hay fever each year, disrupting their day to day lives.
Take a few moments to really think about your life and your environment, both at home and at work. Making sure that the triggers for hay fever are avoided wherever possible is a big part of dealing with the problem but what does this really mean?
When it comes to your home interior there are many simple things that can be done. For instance, choosing vinyl flooring in your bedroom will not only provide you with an allergy-resistant flooring solution but it also has the added benefit of being easy to keep clean. You’ll find it in many great designs and colours too so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing style in this area.
Making the most of alternative flooring choices such as fitting cotton carpet can also cut down the risk of allergic reactions to other materials.
As such a large proportion of hay fever suffering is caused by airborne pollen, simply keeping windows and doors shut can make all the difference. Obviously this can be annoying as the high pollen count days do have a tendency to coincide with nice weather, but for those worst hit by hay fever staying indoors is very often the only option anyway.
Pollen can easily collect around the house in the same way that dust, another common allergen, does. This means that regular vacuuming; carpet care and general dusting can be invaluable in the fight against hay fever. It’ll give you great looking flooring too!
All of these simple steps can play important roles in management programs for all allergy sufferers, and raising awareness of these issues is exactly what Allergy Awareness Week aims to do each year.
We hope this helps you.
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