Ah, hay fever - the bane of many a person's existence during the spring and summer mon
ths. As someone who suffers from hay fever myself, I can attest to the fact that it can mak
e you feel like a walking, sneezing, sniffly mess. But fear not, my fellow allergy sufferers, for I have some entertaining tips and tricks to help you survive hay fever season.
First things first, let's talk about what hay fever actually is. Despite its name, hay fever has nothing to do with hay and isn't actually a fever.
Instead, it's an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and throat irritation.
Now, on to the fun stuff - how to survive hay fever season with your sanity intact:
Invest in some stylish sunglasses: Not only will a good pair of shades protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays, but they can also help to keep pollen out of your eyes.
Embrace the salt water solutions: Yes, the idea of pouring salt water up your nose may sound a bit intimidating, but trust me, it works wonders for clearing out those nasal passages. Plus, it's a great party trick.
Stock up on tissues: And not just any tissues - go for the ones with lotion and aloe vera. Your nose will thank you.
Get creative with your remedies: From local honey to essential oils, there are plenty of natural remedies that may help alleviate hay fever symptoms. Just be sure to do your research and talk to your doctor before trying anything new.
Learn to laugh it off: Let's face it, there's something inherently funny about walking around with tissues stuffed up your nose. So why not embrace the humor and make a joke out of it? After all, laughter is the best medicine.
In all seriousness there are a number of medical treatments that can also help and here at The Doctor's Lounge we use a variety. We also recognise that the majority of patients have not maximised on treatments and so here are some to consider:
Antihistamines - some can be bought over the counter but Fexofenadine 180mg which is prescription only can be highly effective
Nasal sprays - there are different types but the steroid containing ones of which there are different dosages are extremely effective
Eye drops - some containing antihistamine can help to relieve the itchy eyes that are so debilitating
Steroids - these can be taken either orally or by injection (Kenalog). They are extremely effective but often not suggested by doctors due to some side effects. However given the severity of hay fever for some patients we fully recognise their benefits and always explore the idea with patients.
So there you have it, folks - some entertaining and more medical tips and tricks for surviving hay fever season. Just remember, you're not alone in your allergy struggles, and with a little humor and creativity, you can make it through even the worst pollen-filled days. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go blow my nose for the hundredth time today. Ah, the joys of hay fever.
Come and see us to discuss your symptoms - stop sneezing and rubbing your eyes and let's help you enjoy your Summer!