The hay fever season is approaching, spring unleashes the first pollen bomb.
Experts have warned that if you have the condition, your breathing can make symptoms worse.
Anna Murphy, consultant respiratory pharmacist at the University of Leicester, who specializes in asthma and allergies, said: “Many people breathe through their mouth when they have problems.
“But that bypasses our own natural filtration system.
“Breathing through your nose is really important because it filters and prevents a lot of pollen from causing problems in the body.”
Breathing through your nose can seem difficult when your nose is running or when you are sneezing.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) advises trying nasal sprays to help keep breathing clear.
Decongestant nasal sprays are available at local supermarkets and pharmacies.
But steroid nasal sprays are best, RPS says, because they can reduce inflammation in the nose and don’t become ineffective with repeated use.
Some steroid nasal sprays are available from pharmacies, while others are only available by prescription.
Steroid nasal sprays take time to build a barrier, so using them regularly is important.
If you have summer hay fever, It is recommended to start using steroid nasal sprays before symptoms start about two weeks.
It’s important to use a nasal spray correctly, spray rather than sniff.
You can watch a video on how to use nasal sprays properly on the Asthma UK website.
Thorrun Govind, community pharmacist and chairman of the board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England, also suggests putting petroleum jelly around the nostrils to trap pollen.
Use vaseline around the nostrils is a tried-and-true remedy, but it works — it catches pollen before you inhale the particles.
Other proven medications are eye drops.
Itching, redness, and oozing are common in people with hay fever.
But the most common treatment for Hay fever are tabletssuch as cetirizine or loratadine.
Pharmacist Thorrun said: “Chlorpheniramine, which many people may know as ‘Piriton’ is another option, but it can cause drowsiness and does not have the same benefits as a once-a-day dosing.”
Chlorpheniramine can only be bought over the counter from a pharmacy, and it’s always important to check that it’s compatible with other medications you may be taking.
One option is the hay fever shot, a dose of kenalog which suppresses the body’s immune response to histamines.
However, the intramuscular steroid found in Kenalog has side effects, including trouble sleeping, mood swings, and headaches.
Anna, who doesn’t recommend the jab, said: “Kenalog has been around for years.
“We have worked very hard to stop GPs from prescribing it for hay fever because it is associated with side effects.
“It’s given as a one-time injection, but it’s really like hitting a nut with a sledgehammer.
“I think people see it as an easy option, but the risk and side effects of the intramuscular steroid cannot be ignored.”
You can also help your symptoms without medication.
It helps to keep the home pollen-free by regularly vacuuming your home, keeping windows closed, and dusting with a damp cloth.
If you do go outside – which, let’s face it, is impossible when the sun is shining – strip and wash your clothes as soon as possible.
It is also recommended to put on wrap-around sunglasses to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes and causing irritation.
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