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Try not to confuse hayfever symptoms with Coronavirus. Red, itchy and watery eyes, frequent sneezing with a blocked or runny nose are common symptoms of hayfever. Hayfever can trigger asthma symptoms leading to shortness of breath.
When hayfever hits it can make your day even more of a challenge.
Hayfever is a widespread allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life1. An allergy or allergic reaction is caused when the body becomes unusually sensitive to a particular substance, such as pollen, also known as ‘allergens’. For a lot of people, these allergens cause no problems however for people who are sensitive to them, exposure to certain allergens causes the immune system to attack the allergen by releasing histamine and other chemicals into the body.
Hayfever is one of the most common allergic conditions caused by tiny pollen particles coming into contact with the lining of the mouth, nose, eyes and throat causing irritation which activates the allergic reaction. Hayfever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest, keep your eye on the weather reports as they usually tell you what the pollen count is for that day.
The pollen forecast is usually given as:
As there is no cure for hayfever at present, most people relieve their symptoms with treatment. The best way to control an allergy is to avoid the triggers that cause it however it is hard to avoid pollen particularly during the summer. Antihistamines are the usual treatment for the symptoms of hayfever and there are many over the counter products you can use to ease these symptoms. Many people get the best relief from hayfever using a combination of allergy medications, for example taking tablets as well as using an eye drop or nasal spray, will help to relieve all your hayfever symptoms. You may need to try a few different products before you figure out what works best for you.
We all need a little bit of sunshine, we can’t live without it; especially at a time like this, sunshine really brightens our day and intensifies our good mood. Exposing your bare skin to the sun for short periods of time can actually be beneficial. This is because the sun stimulates our production of vitamin D which is important for developing and maintaining healthy bones.
However, make sure the sun doesn’t become your enemy. There are two wavebands of ultraviolet light in sunlight: UVA and UVB.
UVA rays cause premature ageing of the skin, as well as some burning.
UVB rays cause most of the burning effect of sunlight.
It is the UV rays that penetrate deep into the skin and damage cells. These cells are then at risk of becoming cancerous. You can’t feel UV damaging your skin and it happens even when the sun doesn’t feel hot.
You can get pleasure from the sun if you take precautions using sun creams.
There are two important ratings to consider when choosing a sun cream: Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and UVA star rating.
The SPF measures how much longer you are safe to stay in the sun, for instance, an SPF 30 sun cream allows you to stay in the sun for thirty times longer than if you were not using any protection.
The star rating measures the amount of UVA protection, you should see a star rating of up to five stars on UK sunscreens and the higher the star rating the better.
We’re currently living through a very stressful time, and we know it can be hard to de-stress and relax.
Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties. You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat. This is sometimes known as the fight or flight response.
However it is not just physical changes that stress can cause. You may feel emotionally “wound up” or anxious, fearful and lacking in self-esteem or you could find yourself constantly worried with racing thoughts and difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
Stress can have an impact on all aspects of your life even something as simple as sleeping and eating too much or too little.
You cannot prevent stress but the NHS recommend the following things you can do to manage stress better*;
For more things you can try to help with your stress visit; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/understanding-stress/