Fearing hay fever while travelling to a new place? Here are ways to counter it

Travelling comes with travel anxiety along with the fear that one might fall prey to getting sick. When one is travelling, you are entering a new place with a unique atmosphere, and it isn’t always that the new place suits you readily. Popularly hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen or dust particles. At large it affects 1 in 4 people. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. It usually gets triggered when the powder from the plants is released. The dust tends to aggravate the sinus, throat and the eyes. Like any allergy when the body goes through this, the immune system attacks it like combating any virus sending the body into overdrive. A number of chemicals would be released to try and battle what the body believes as an infection.

In the United Kingdom, most people are allergic to grass pollen, but trees as weeds can cause Hay fever too. Experts have concluded that pollution and cigarette smoke can make allergies worse. So while one is travelling the change in surroundings and conditions can trigger it. Weather tends to impact hay fever significantly. In sunnier climates, the pollen count is relatively higher.

If you are dealing with hay fever or you know you are at risk of dealing with that. According to clickpharmacy.co.uk, it is always advisable you to visit any pharmacist or your health care providers. Try and use over the counter nasal sprays, drops and antihistamines, which can help relieve the symptoms.

One of the most effective ways to control the onset of hay fever is to avoid exposure to pollen. No doubt it’s super tempting to enjoy the hot weather and be in the outdoors it’s also advised to stay cautious of any triggers.

Another conventional method for the treatment of hay fever is over the counter antihistamines. They help relieve allergies. Some though tend to make you drowsy, so it is advised to only take them before going to bed. These are readily available as nasal sprays, in liquid form and as tablets.

You can also consider taking corticosteroids; don’t let the name scare you. They are medication which includes an anti-inflammatory steroid hormone. This combats any swelling, calms mucus membrane and deals with other symptoms such as the runny or blocked nose. Such steroids take about 12 hours to make a significant difference and improve one’s health.

And the full effect is seen in a matter of a few days. This type of treatment can be used for long term only setback is that it might end up giving you an unpleasant taste in your mouth and nose. And if over the counter corticosteroids are ineffective the doctor can also prescribe you ones; which are in combination with antihistamines as a severe kind of treatment.

One can also consider stocking up on decongestants. Again these are mostly available over the counter (ex. pseudoephedrine ), but they make you more functional if you are dealing with allergies. This clears all the congestion in the body. Again doctors stress on avoiding long-term use of decongestants because the mucosal ciliary function tends to become impaired.

Some doctors even consider getting the jab before the seasonal change or before their travels. (But one must be over 18 years of age for this). The cost of the vaccination privately is about 85 pounds, and it lasts up to 6 weeks. Or you can just ring up your GP explain your situation and ask for treatment or options.

But if hay fever is a constantly occurring and is severe in nature, it is advisable to undergo a treatment called immunotherapy. In this the individual is exposed to small amounts of pollen over a gradual period, to form a resistance to the allergic effects. This procedure though can take from anywhere between months to years.

And if you just aren’t a person who likes medications. You can always put a thick layer of Vaseline on your nostrils to trap any pollen before it enters the body. Wear glasses at all costs, as this makes sure the dust cannot enter your eyes and trigger an allergic reaction.

Little things can help with prevention of hay fever; like staying clean. Sounds simple but showering and changing your clothes often just makes sure you aren’t coming in contact with anything that can bring the onset of hay fever.

Vacuum the space you are staying in, use a damp cloth for dusting and just try and keep the windows and doors closed mostly.

Another neat manmade creation is a pollen filter. These can be installed at home in the vacuum cleaner which has a special HEPA filter, and it can be put into vents of the cars. The filter just makes sure that the air entering your vehicle is clean, and when changed regularly they can extend the life expectancy of several components.

And if all else fails just plug in a humidifier and watch half your problems/symptoms vanish into thin air. As the name suggests, it makes the air in the surroundings more humid which directly relieves you from your allergies. Another pro tip is using filtered water as this avoids the microorganisms of unfiltered water.

Not to scare anyone but if your allergies are severe, you might not even have hay fever it might be asthma. As the triggers for this are the same. Do not let your sensitivity define you or your trip. Hay fever actually affects about 15% of people anyways. You can even get comprehensive blood tests done to narrow down your allergic list. Once the investigations are successful treatment is just a couple of steps behind. And if the hay fever has worsened, it’s best to contact your care provider and get you checked out. As people living such fast lives and already dealing with a million other little things why not give yourself the simple gift of cleanliness and awareness.

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