Hayfever, the common name for allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction in the nose, throat and eyes. It commonly occurs in spring and summer, when it is caused by airborne pollens from trees, plants and grasses. Medicines can relieve and prevent symptoms of hayfever. Depending on your personal circumstances, the pharmacist at your local Star Discount Chemist can help, here are a few tips and suggestions they may recommend.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, It is estimated that 1 in 5 Australians suffer from hayfever, making it one of our common allergic conditions. Many children have hayfever and allergies too, with around 12% of 6-7 year olds and over 19 % of 13-14 year olds affected. Apart from the cold-like symptoms themselves, hayfever may make you feel tired and run down due to disturbed sleep, hence adult productivity can be reduced and the performance of school children can be impaired.
Hayfever, or allergic rhinitis, is usually caused by inhaling pollens that are present in the air during certain times of the year. However, some people have symptoms of allergic rhinitis all year round, caused by inhaling allergens such as animal dander, mold spores and house dust mites. A doctor can arrange ‘allergy skin tests’ to help find the cause of allergic rhinitis.
Symptoms of hayfever / allergic rhinitis include:
Try to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens that trigger your symptoms. Ways to reduce exposure to allergens include:
A variety of nonprescription medicines can help relieve and prevent the symptoms of hayfever and allergies. Ask the pharmacist at your local Star Discount Chemist about the best treatment for you.
Medicines for hayfever and allergies include:
Remember, before adopting any of these tips, it is important to consult a medical professional for advice. If you need more information, visit https://www.allergy.org.au.
Your pharmacist at your local Star Discount Chemist can assist with the options that best suit your current situation, health conditions and existing medications. We’re here to help and remember we’re just around the corner.