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Do you suffer from hayfever? We all know how annoying and even debilitating it can be. Share your tips and cures here.

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      13.06.2011 14:46
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      Tablets & Sprays aid but don't relieve, Head under water is a quick relief, A Netti Pot is excellent

      ))Overview(( Ok, that time of year again, for most it's a happy time of long days of sunshine and warm evenings. For others its sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses and an absolute inconvenience as the hayfever season takes control of some unfortunate peoples' lives. Ok I'll try not to bore you with the usual symptoms and solutions I'll try and make this short and cover the remedies and preventions which I have found that work for me. I'm a massive sufferer to the extent that my doctor has diagnosed me with asthmatic tendencies led on by really bad hayfever during the high pollen season. ))Things that I have tried that WORK(( --Tablets - they do work, but do not clear up all symptoms on their own. In the past I think at times they're rubbish and don't take them for a few days, i then regret it and realise that they did help a little. So in turn would work well for the lighter sufferers. --Fill your sink with cold (not freezing) water and put your head under, hold your breath beforehand and try to blow out lightly under the water, sometimes this is impossible with a blocked nose but squeezing your nose under water helps to clear the pollen from the nose passages. --Eat oranges, lots of oranges, i prefer the jumbo ones, this is an excellent solution as its good for your health, digestive system and immune system. Don't be ridiculous with this otherwise you'll spend most of your time on the loo. --Sinus sprays kind of work to the same extent that the tablets do, but hit the target of the nose more. I find that Vix sinus spray is brilliant at night over all sprays even though its not aimed towards hayfever. It unblocks your nose and numbs the tingling itchy feeling. However you still have itchy eyes and your nose still runs. --Ok lastly, I have saved this one until last as it's my PRIME PREVENTION METHOD as a sufferer. It's a netti pot (sometimes called neti or netty) this is a form of yoga as it does make you feel more relieved afterwards as well as dealing with the problem. I would defiantly advise google'ing and finding out how to use this netti pot correctly as incorrect use will cause you other problems. This one is defiantly for adults and I wouldn't advise any child to use this method. Don't let this put you off though as the key is just to have a bit of patience and be calm when doing it. E.g. do it in the bathroom on your own where you aren't distracted or talking to anyone. Basically what it is, is a teapot shaped cup with a long narrow spout. You fill this with tepid water and dissolve natural salt or fine rock salt into it. You then look down while leaning over a sink or bath and tilt your head to the side and pour the salt water through one nostril, you must do this while only breathing through your mouth. After a few seconds the water will pass through your sinuses and out of your other nostril. Do half the water through each nostril. This is essentially completely clearing out your sinuses of as much pollen as possible and as you know salt tends to wounds too, so any swelling is relieved by the salt water. This can be unpleasant at first and may take some getting used to but is brilliant and is swear by it. After the water empties you stand up straight and breathe any excess water by gently breathing in through the mouth and out of the nose. You'll be surprised how much rubbish comes out sometimes while pouring. Occasionally if your hayfever is really bad it can take time to push through so just have patience, sometimes I'm kneeling over the bath for a good 10minutes before it gets a good flow. Try it and see if it works for you! It's good for headaches too caused by swelling sinuses as it can relieve pressure from the forehead and bridge of the nose. There are many other techniques and solutions that will help, but most of the other reviews cover these. In summary to my hayfever treatment method a good combination of tablets and/or nasal sprays can help. Oranges are defiantly good for prevention, Vix sinus spray at night and buy a Netti Pot, they are like £15 for a stainless steel one and salt is a few pounds for 100 sachets - defiantly worth a go!

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      31.08.2010 19:21
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      Got to be worth a try.

      From the age of 11 to my late twenties I suffered dreadfully from hayfever, to the extent that the area around my eyes would swell and close and so I was virtually blind, I also sneezed to such an extent that I looked like I had a permenant summer cold. An old friend of my mother suggested two things and bless her they worked. First was to make up a concentrated saline solution, keep disolving salt into boiling water until you cannot dissolve any more, let the mixture cool and decant into a screw top bottle keep this in the fridge, next, trust me this is not pleasant but it works, each morning and evenning sniff up your nose the saline solution. You will gag but the sneezing will stop, just remember NOT to swallow. The other piece of advice was to increase my vitamin C intake, I did this and the hayfever eased to an acceptable level. Over the past two years the hayfever has returned and so I have gone back to the old remedies and once again they have worked. By the way use Witch Hazel to bath your eyes with twice a day, so soothing.

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      03.11.2009 01:58
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      Try different products to see which works for you

      The sun is shining, it is lovely and warm outside, you're laying on a blanket basking it all up...then sneeze....then more sneezing....then you're eyes start streaming. Sound familiar? This is what it is like for me when the hotter weather hits so does the hayfever. I remember a time when I actually didn't have hayfever at all. Bliss free summers when my biggest worry was shorts or skirt to wear that day. Now it is about keeping half an eye on what the weather is going to be like the next day and raiding the medicine cabinet to see if I am stocked on enough hayfever meds to last. I have been very lucky in that my hayfever is, mainly, quite mild. I sneeze and my eyes tend to itch and run but I have found ways to get rid of it very easily. It is only really a problem if I am already out for the day. I haven't gone through trying different types of tablets and such to see what has worked, I found something early on that works for me and have stuck to it. In fact, I have never once taken a hayfever tablet. The idea of the side effects of them outweighs the benefits when there are other choices. For me, the basics work. The itchy, teary eyes are mainly remedied by soaking, bathing or wiping my eyes with cool water. The sneezing is with a Beconase nasal spray. Not everyone would relish the idea of sticking something up their nose and spraying, and it can feel a bit weird to me at times. However, there are no real side effects to using a nose spray, only a little bit if a strange taste in your mouth after using it at times. If you have tried all the tablets and found nothing that works then I would suggest giving nose sprays a go. I don't know how it works, I just know it works for me and could work for others too.

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      02.11.2009 16:38
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      Manageable? yeah with a little perserverance and a big medicine bag to carry around with you!

      Atishoo, my favourite word of half of spring, all of summer, the beginning of Autumn. Generally from March to October I suffer terrible hayfever. I am one of them unfortunate people, who not only have hayfever, but I have eczema and asthma too. All three tend to worsen each other, so when my hayfever is bad, I'm a wheezing walking rash. Its not pleasant. This is how I attempt to cope: To tackle my hayfever, I use a nasal spray called Flixonase which is the brand name for the drug, Fluticasone. This is a Corticosteroid, and is used widely in the prevention and relief of allergic rhinitis, allergies inside the nose, inflammation of the inside of the nose all commonly caused by hayfever. The spray does help greatly, according to my doctor (so don't quote me on this) pollen, pet fur, etc can cause the body to product histamine, the release of histamine causes the lining of the nose to become swollen and itchy, which leads to sneezing, as well as a sore and runny nose! Hence Antihistamines being named as such! So I use my nasal spray, coupled with Citirizine Antihistamines, I must say, despite using this concoction, I sometimes don't get enough relief and I often use alternative and complementary medicines too such as Haymax balms and Opticrom Eye Drops. Haymax balms cost £6.80 each from places like Boots and they are effectively a barrier cream, you apply it under your nostrils and it is meant to stop the pollen getting up there. I wont say they are a miracle cure, but they certainly do help. And they last forever too, so it is a relatively cheap investment if it lasts you a full 8 month hayfever period! You can also use them as a more natural way to treat yourself against pet allergies in the winter months. So a year round balm costing about 50p a month. Fab! The Opticrom Eye Drops help when you have red itchy dry or runny eyes, mine do tend to go dry and red raw. So these drops are great for that. But, they cannot be used with contact lenses. As I said initially, Hayfever worsens my Asthma, so I must keep both my Preventer and my Reliever with me at all times (currently Seratide and Ventolin). I also try to use a Spacer device when taking them, because inhaling deeply isnt great when there are allergens floating all around you. Plus, a spacer makes sure you get the full dose and none escapes out of the top of the inhaler or through your nose! Sometimes my Reliever use can double (or even triple at night) when my hayfever is at it's girzzly height, if this is the case for you, my top tip is to make sure you keep on top of your supply, putting in your repeat prescriptions in plenty of time to collect them before you run out. I quite often end up in hospital with my Asthma over summer - so you should also familiarise yourself, your friends and family, even your work colleagues, with what to do and how to cope during an attack. Hayfever can just develop as you get older as can Asthma. As a long term sufferer like me, people might be reading this thinking, well that's obvious, I already do that, etc. However, I know a lot of people who have no idea what to do if they have an Asthma attack, and it can KILL you. So it's an important point to make, that you should get clued up on it. Can you imagine being out at a picnic in the park with your new partner, you start having an attack and they have no idea what to do. Your miles away from anywhere and you have no mobiles with you (highly unlikely I know these days). Anyway, you get my point, it is imperative! To help me sleep I have a Radox Menthol and Eucalyptus bath, to clear my airways and then I place menthol crystals in the bedroom. I make sure I hoover my mattress once a week and turn it too, I also use anti-allergy bedding. I need to sleep with my window open for my asthma, which doesn't help my hayfever, so I make sure I position my bed away from the window, and sleep with Haymax balm under my nose when it gets unbearable. Citirizine are a drowsy antihistamine, so taking one a day normally knocks me out! Finally my eczema, this worsens with my hayfever too and sometimes it does subside with the use of Antihistamines. However, sometimes I get a heat rash associated with my allergies, along with scabby red welts on my skin, it is incredibly itchy so I scratch, sometimes until I bleed, I have some quite bad scars from riving at my eczema when I was younger. In the first instance to cool the itching and burning I apply calamine lotion. And no I don't run around naked like we all did when we were children caked in the pink goo! I have a nice bath, apply calamine lotion to soothe me, and then I put on a pair of moisture gloves. Honestly these things work as Adult scratch mits, they are great! Then when I relax, my antihistamines kick in, the burning subsides, I assess what I think looks to be eczema (particular areas affected will be backs of my knees and insides of my elbows) then I apply a very thin layer of my steroid cream. Laying in a cold bath also helps me when I have very bad heat rash and eczema outbreaks. I now have one of those Air Purifiers which is great, the lights are also quite soothing on nights when my whole body is itching, I'm sneezing, my eyes are burning and my chest is wheezing. As a child we used to have an Ebac Dehumidifyer, which used to really help me too. These are just my tips on coping with all things hayfever, obviously you should ensure you seek a doctors advice if necessary.

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        30.06.2009 21:42
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        some relief ideas, infortunetly no cures.

        I have just recently started to suffer from hay fever and what a pain in the eyes it is. I always wake up with my eyes streaming and my nose so blocked up I cannot breathe through it at all. I have been taking Piriton allergy tablets every morning for the past three weeks (sometimes needing another tablet later on in the day). I am finding it quite an expensive allergy. I have tried the cheaper own brand versions (usually 70p for 7 tablets) but I find these ineffective and usually have to take three just to get me through the day. Therefore, to help save some money I have tried various other ways of reliving the symptoms. Itchy eyes (nightmare) I find wearing sunglasses can help your itchy eyes and of course the obvious thing is no matter how bad they are, resist the temptation to touch them. At first, it feels great to give them a little rub, but within a few minutes they are ten times as bad (I found this out the hard way). I may give Optrex Itchy Eye Drops a try I have seen advertised on the TV, but I am always wary about drops in my eyes. If anybody has hade any success with these drop, please let me know. I find just giving your face a quick splash of water can help ease those annoying itchy eyes. Blocked up nose I have found some relief in the morning since I have been using Sudafed inhalant oil. Every night I just place a few drops onto my pillow for a peaceful nights sleep. I paid 99p for a 10ml bottle for home bargain and it last me 3 months of regular use. I also carry a bottle around in my bag with a couple of tissues just in case I need some extra relief. Itchy pallet This drives me mad. It also makes me look like an idiot when I am trying to relief the itch by clicking my tongue to the roof of my mouth. I find sucking a strong peppermint helps to relieve the symptoms and can help to ease my blocked up nose (plus the added benefit of fresh breath) Obviously different people will have different symptoms. Main advice is: 1) When possible, stay indoors. 2) Keep an eye out on the pollen count reports. 3) Always carry an allergy tablet in your purse/bag/wallet/pocket just in case 4) Keep you windows and doors shut. 5) Wear sunglasses to avoid pollen getting in your eyes. 6) Wash yourself regularly to remove pollen from your skin. 7) Change your bedding/clothing regularly to remove pollen 8) Try to dry your clothes indoors on a clotheshorse to avoid pollen.

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          06.06.2009 10:43

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          Not nice!

          Hayfever - what a joy! In a country where we get very little sunshine, what could be better than an allergy that makes you feel like you've got a cold, constantly tired and hungover just when the sun finally decides to show its self!? And whats even better about hayfever is the fact that it creeps up on you. You can enjoy many summers symptom free (you may even secretly laugh at others who do suffer from this joyful ailment) then all of a sudden, as the flowers start to blossom, the nights get longer and brighter and the temperature starts to rise......you'll start to feel awful! For me the symptoms of hayfever have been just like having a bad cold but without the huge energy drain. Coughing, bunged up feeling, headaches, slight sore throat, feeling a little tired and run down and feeling very rough every morning! Fellow sufferers have recommended a product called Haytek, which is an allergy relief - infact my partner swears by it and says it cleared her symptoms up straight away, however it didn't do much for me. Alas if you've tried everything else it may worth a go, meanwhile I'll continue to ride it out and try and enjoy the tiny amount of sunshine we actually get this year!

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          09.02.2009 12:41
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          I wish I did not suffer from this

          Hayfever sucks. It is the bain of my life and every year it seems to start sooner and last longer. It really makes me very unhappy. Especially as it starts when the weather is at its best and I should be able to be out and about enjoying the sunshine! Another bad thing about hayfever is that it seems to come on with no warning whatsoever. Ok, so the weather includes a pollen count during the summer (as it is pollen that causes the affliction by irritating the inside of the nostrils) but I think it is very random, as days when the pollen count is high do not always affect me and days when the pollen count is very low knock me for six! There do not seem to me to be any real cures for hayfever. There are many concotions that you can take that lessen the blow of hayfever. I do take anthistamines and have taken a wide variery in my time - clarityn, piritin, xzyal to name but a few, as well as homeopathic ones that did not do much! I also use a nasal spray and I have to say this one seems to be successful. I use Flixonase at the minute and the summer of 2008 was not as bad as previous years - maybe due to the terrible weather! I have previously used different nasal sprays, but they did not work. You need to use them every day and cannot take them when your nose is running for obvious reasons - it just runs out too! I drink vast quantities of orange juice to improve my vitamin c and I take zinc supplements, as I heard once that it was helpful. When I am struck by an attack, I take decongestants as well as cold and flu tablets or sachets of lemsip. But I find the only thing that truly works is sleep, as you just hope that by sleeping it off you will wake up and the hayfever will be gone. i am lucky not to suffer from stingy sore eyes or a sore headache,a s my brother does, so I am thankful for that. But generally hayfever sucks

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          09.02.2009 09:33
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          Why not try fighting Hayfever with tasty Local honey

          Like many people I suffer from Hayfever. After trudging through the cold winter months with one cold after the other the last thing we all want is to have similar symptoms of a runny nose and itchy eyes as soon as summer approaches! I have tried many brands of hayfever tablets, but I find that they may not work as well the following year. More modern hayfever tablets are alot better than they used to be as they are made to be more non-drowsey than the older varities. If you like to take a more natural approach then try local honey. My Doctor recommended this after she read several studies on the positive effects of Localised honey on Hayfever symptoms. The idea is that eating local honey starting a few months before the hayfever season fully kicks in, will help your body to build immunity to the pollen in your local area and should therefore help to fight the symptoms naturally! I personally found that there was an improvment in my Hayfever symptoms last year and intend to start having a spoonful of local honey everyday from about March/April to start building up a defense. Taking a vitamin C supplement can also apparently help reduce allergy symptoms.

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            18.10.2008 09:26
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            Can easily be controlled if you prepare in advance.

            I have suffered from hayfever all my life. It is now just something I expect as summer approaches. Having said that it seems to have got easy to bear as I have got older. Hayfever is a condition that affects loads of people in the UK. Generally it is a condition that is limited to summer when the signs of hayfever are generally sneezing and sore eyes. Hayfever is an allergy to pollen, feathers and grass (but I am sure it can include other things too!) Hayfever for me begins in about May and normally lasts till about July or early august. The symptoms of my hayfever include really sore and runny eyes that itch and swell up, a repetitive sneezing and streaming nose and sometimes it also effects my chest. As a child I remember waking up in the morning with my eyes glued together after having had a bad hayfever niight before. I could never go anywhere in the summer without having eye drops and nasal spray on hand as well as a huge stash of tissues and a pair of sunglasses. As an adult things seem to have got a lot easier. I now take tablets once a day, generally I just take tescos own brand of hayfever tablets, I do still find that wearing sunglasses when you are out and about does help to prevent itchy eyes. And of course having some nasal spray and eyedrops is great for relieveing symptoms when nothing else has worked. My tips for surviving summer with hayfever are - don't let it spoil your summer, make sure you are medicated and have remedies on hand, watch the pollen count at the end of the weather, then you will know what to expect.

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            13.10.2008 18:59
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            dont let it get you down!!

            fun in the sun.......but not so for hayfever sufferers!!!! hayfever or ( allergic rhinitis ) as its known as by doctors, is a condition that makes you allergic to pollon, which means flowers, trees and the main one being grass. so as the hot summer months start then the pollon increases in strength. i have had hayfever since a baby, and had it really bad as a child, my mother had to keep me in my cot with the windows closed and the curtains drawn so my bedroom was in darkness. as i grew up it would make my life such a misery, my eyes would run and the only way i can descibe it is that it would feel like i had constant grit in my eyes, i would rub them and the actual rubbing felt lovely, but once i stopped my eyes would be red and very sore, i had to put slices of cucumber to cool them down it really does help, my nose would run constantly and felt sore after the constant wiping and blowing, my throat fell itchy, each night you would end up with a headache from the effects and really tired the only escape i had was sleep, but as soon as i woke up my eyes would be " glued " together with a sticky substance, i used to have to go to the bathroom with my eyes closed until i could put water on them. my symptoms got better the older ive got, it is still uncomfortable but more bearable, my daughter has had hayfever since she was 3 but medication nowadays seem much improved since my younger days, my daughter is allergic more to grass, and she has a prescribed medicine from the doctor which does ease it a little for her, i myself have tried many but find piriton the best thing to use, but young children shouldnt take it. the ways i get comfort are cucumber on the eyes, cold flannels to the face, and showering as it gets rid of pollon from your hair. but mainly not letting it spoil your summer, keep having fun and sometimes if you dont dwell on it the symptoms seem easier to bear. hayfever is a part of summer for me and my daughter now, its just part of life.

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              23.09.2008 14:34
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              not a nice thing to have, get the tablets quick!

              In my opinion summer is the best season of the year, but for many it brings on hay fever, an extremely irritating allergy condition. I never used to suffer from this, but now get it mildly every year; I do feel lucky though that I don't suffer the full effects as some of my friends do. What is hay fever? Hay fever is an incredibly common condition, affecting approximately one in five people in the UK, in varying degrees. Chiefly, it arises from an allergy to pollens, or other airborne substances similar in nature. As I have already mentioned most people get it during the spring and summer months, but the timing of it coincides with which pollens you're allergic to. There are three basic times you can be effected, March to May (pollens from trees), May to July (pollens from grass and flowers) or during the autumn, but this is rarer (pollens from weeds and later flowering plants). The allergic reaction occurs when cells in the lining of the nose, mouth and eyes sense the pollen and release 'histamine' which triggers the immune response and the symptoms we all suffer from. Asthma and Eczema are closely linked with hay fever and they often appear together. Apparently, you are more likely to contract hay fever if there is a history of allergies in your family. Unlike with me, hay fever typically starts to show itself during the early teen years and peaks when you are in you mid twenties; I've only recently started suffering from it and I'll be 24 soon. However, when we age we become less sensitive to airborne pollen and therefore hay fever as a condition should become less of a problem. What are the symptoms of hay fever? The main symptoms are a very runny nose, repeated sneezing attacks (I get these quite badly) and watery eyes, which can be very irritating. The symptoms vary in severity depending upon the surrounding weather conditions and the pollen count (e.g. freshly cut grass is a real no no). The symptoms are usually more pronounced the higher the pollen count (the volume of pollen the plants release into the air). Generally, the pollen count is highest in the early evening. What can be done to stop you being affected? Antihistamine tablets will lessen the symptoms of hay fever and can be purchased from any high street pharmacy. They work by blocking the production and release of histamine which causes the symptoms in the first place. It is important however; that you take the tablets in the correct dosage and at the correct times otherwise they may be ineffective. I hope you enjoyed the review and it contained some helpful information. Thanks for reading.

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                09.09.2008 13:43
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                An annoying allergy

                Clearly, hayfever is not the most dangerous problem to get, and it will not harm your body in any way, but let me tell you now, if anything Hayfever is the most annoying allergy that I suffer from. Many people find that different aspects of Hayfever are particularly annoying - here is my take on the little vipe which is Hayfever! Sneezing Sneezing: caused by allergic rhinitis which irritates the linings of the nose, is in my opinion the least of any hay fever suffers worries. I don't find that sneezing is paticularly fustrating, even if in continues to occur very frequently. I find that there are much more things to annoy and to hurt you Hayfever eyes Hayfever eyes: caused by allergic conjunctivitis is possibly the most painful in my opionion. On a red hot day when the sun is out and your forced to do the gardening or at school take parted in Physical Education, you will feel the impact that this has on your eyes and there is nothing you cn do about it! Top of the mouth I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but something which I find mist annoying is when the top of your mouth gets very itchy. You can't do anything about it, never mind how much you scratch it! Prevention To prevent hayfever from occuring, I would suggest that you keep away from grassy areas in the summer and be aware of tree pollens, such as oak, elm or birch!

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                  28.07.2008 00:24
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                  There's 16 million people who suffer, you aren't alone!

                  Hayfever has to be the worst thing about summer. I have suffered badly with it since I was tiny and was rushed to hospital when I was 3 due to it. Over the counter medicines just do nothing for me so every year I have to toddle to the doctors a few times before finding the right thing, this year I seem to have a fallen lucky and have been prescribed something that actually seems to be working! It's called Fexofenadine, the only bad thing about it is it works during the day but often I wake up sneezing during the night and have yet to ask my doctor if I can up my dosage. Symptoms vary from person to person, personally mine start around April time and finish October depending on the weather. My eyes are the first to start itching and at times I have wanted to scratch them out, then there's the bunged up nose, the constant sneezing and the itchy roof of the mouth. Hayfever heightens other allergies too and I become severely allergic to my dogs. Although hayfever they often claim isn't genetic, my little boy also suffers from it, just the occasional sneeze though and constant runny nose and I am hoping it doesn't get worse. My dad also suffered for all of his life. There's many different varieties of over the counter medicines available and although they don't work for me, others swear by them, you can pick up Boot's own medicine for a fraction of the price, last time I bought them I think it was around the £1 mark although I do believe they are in their 3 for 2 range. You get 7 tablets in most hayfever products and your supposed to take 1 a day as recommended. Hayfever is something you can grow out of or into so anyone of any age can get this horrible illness. I try to not let it control my life although I do occasionally use it as an excuse not to do the gardening! Not only are there the tablets available but there's also sprays and medicines. The sprays can taste disgusting if you swallow at the wrong time, practise makes perfect. The medicine's are also quite disgusting but anything to get rid of the symptoms! I have also seen advertised a machine you stick up your nose daily and thats supposed to sort the symptoms out, I have yet to try it though. Hayfever is terrible but it is just a part of a lot of peoples lives unfortunately, some 16 million people suffer in the UK alone, that's a lot of people! One last thing is there is now an injection available thats supposed to help, I haven't enquired about this yet but research into it rates it highly. Looks like the fight against hayfever is beginning!

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                    04.07.2008 02:25
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                    I hate heyfever

                    Heyfever is a very common allergic reaction to pollen in the air. The medical name for this is seasonal allergic rhinitis. There are many different types of pollen which different people are allergic to, depending on the type of pollen different people get symptoms at different times of the year. There are some people, like myself who suffer all year round as they are allergic to all kinds of pollen. However if you only suffer fro a few months you are probably allergic to: Grass & Flowers which are the most common cause of he fever, they affect people between May & July. Tree Pollen, this is from March right through to May Nettles, Docks, late flowering plants or mould cause he fever in autumn but this is quite uncommon. Heyfever is a reaction to the pollen in the air getting into your eyes, nose, throat and sinus's whilst you go about your daily chores. It effects about 20% of the UK although the symptoms range from being bad enough to need several types of medication to only being noticed every few days depending on how sensitive the person is to pollen. Unfortunately you are more likely to suffer from heyfever if somebody else in your family has it or if you already have asthma or eczema, this is unfortunate because asthma is made worse by heyfever and with itchy eyes having eczema is another inconvenience. Fortunately though most people will grow out of heyfever or their symptoms will lessen when they reach their mid forties. Where as in your teens through to twenties it will at its worst. The most common symptoms of Heyfever are similar to those of a cold, they include Frequent sneezing attacks A blocked or runny nose Itchy or watering eyes And an itch in your throat, mouth nose & ears all at once which is something that you really can't properly understand unless you've experienced it before. Other slightly less common symptoms are: Wheezing, especially if you already have asthma Headaches A sore throat Blocked sinuses Sweating A loss of smell The symptoms of heyfever can be better or worse depending on the pollen count. Which tells you how much pollen is in the air that day, if the pollen count is high them your symptoms will be worse, it is mainly if the pollen count is over 50 that symptoms will start to show but if you have bad heyfever it can start at a lower number. During sunny weather heyfever is worse and especially in the evenings. To try and relieve these symptoms you should do several things: Firstly go and visit your doctor they can prescribe you medication which should really help. There are over 75 different types of medicine out there to help prevent heyfever so they should be able to find something that will help you. The most common type of heyfever relief are antihistamine tablets which react with the histamines in your body, the things causing the symptoms and hopefully stop them. You can also use nasal sprays which should prevent you from sneezing as they stop the pollen from irritating your nose. Or eye drops which as you might have guessed are drops that you put into your eyes, these not only prevent the itching but also wash out any pollen that might be in them to prevent further irritation, Eating drinking local honey & lemon twice a day is an old cure that has been around for hundreds of years, many doctors will say it doesn't work but there are some people who use this as their main form of treatment, if it works for you them great. Some tips to help relive the symptoms of heyfever are: Definitely avoid going outside in the evenings, although it may be nice especially in good weather it just isn't worth suffering the consequences, evenings are the worst time of day for heyfever. When you come in after the day take a show and wash your hair, change out of the clothes you were wearing, this makes sure that any pollen you were carrying doesn't get dragged around the house to keep setting you off. Keep the windows shut, although it might be nice to have some fresh air you should try not have them open when the pollen count is high, this will really prevent the pollen from getting in. When you do go outside wear wrap around sunglasses these will prevent pollen from getting in your eyes. If your eyes are itchy don't touch them that'll only make things worse, put some eye drops in. Smoking & being around a lot of car pollution also makes heyfever worse so try to avoid these things. Get a friend or relative to cut the grass and groom your pets for you as they carry a lot of pollen. Most importantly of all remember to take any heyfever relief medicine daily! I suffer from very bad heyfever which lasts for me almost all year long with the exception perhaps of December & January when I seem to always get a cold. I find that taking my heyfever medicine, prescribed by the doctor does tend to help me stop sneezing a little bit but it doesn't really do much else. I use eye drops to stop my eyes itching & try to wear sunglasses. My asthma gets really bad at this time of year so I end up having to take my inhaler a few times a day which is a bit annoying but if it means I can still breathe then I don't mind. For me by far the worst part of heyfever is the itching which is sort of in the back of your throat but also connected to your eyes, mouth & nose, this REALLY annoys me!!! It's not an itch you can scratch and because of it being in so many places at once it really gets on my nerves, I'm sure that others who suffer from this will know what I mean. The only way of getting it to feel even a tiny bit better is to drink some honey or weirdly I know, eat some ice ream as it numbs the throat with it's coldness. Though nothing really gets rid of it completely. Overall I think that heyfever is a real pain and I am longing for the day when a proper cure to it will be found!!!

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                    22.06.2008 19:12

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                    my hayfever symptoms are generally worse at night meaning that i can't sleep. Then am so tired at work. i saw an advert for the Qu-Chi acupressure band in the daily express a couple of weeks ago and asked my acupuncturist if it is worth trying, he said that he thought the idea was brilliant. Anyway so i thought i would give it ago. i wore it in bed and i had the best night sleep. i couldnt believe it. takes about 10 mins to work, but it really works.

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