Watery eyes, headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion… The symptoms of hay fever are quite distressing.

Fortunately, it is possible, with a few simple gestures, to minimize them. Here’s how to do it.

What is hay fever?

What is commonly called ” hay fever » is in fact allergic or seasonal rhinitis. This is an allergic reaction caused by exposure to pollen.

This allergy usually begins in spring, when trees release their pollen into the air. Some plants are also allergenic, from early summer until mid-October.

So, allergic reactions are caused by different pollens, depending on the time of year. Climate change is extending the period when trees and plants produce pollen.

The symptoms of “hay fever” are triggered by inhaling pollen. This could be:

  • Worsening of asthma symptoms;
  • Congestion nasale ;
  • Signs of conjunctivitis : itchy eyes, runny eyes, watery eyes, red eyes, etc.;
  • Clear and abundant nasal discharge;
  • Repetitive sneezing;
  • Headache ;
  • Tingling and itching of the nose, throat and ears.

Hay fever also disrupts the quality of life of the person affected.

Sports activities, daily life, work, school, can be disrupted by fatigue, concentration problems, irritability or sleep problems. Fortunately, it is possible to soothe the symptoms of hay fever.

Wash your hair and air out: easily soothe the symptoms of hay fever

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be very disabling in daily life. Fortunately, it is possible to minimize them quite easily.

Enough, the Pasteur Institute of Lille recommends:

  • Ventilate the house at the end of the day to prevent allergens from entering the house during the day;
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors;
  • Do not sleep with the window open;
  • Wash your hair regularly to remove pollen, ideally before going to bed;
  • Avoid driving a car with the window open or riding a bicycle.

These solutions provide relief without medication. If, despite everything, the symptoms are too severe, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor. He will be able to offer you a suitable treatment.

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

June 6, 2024, at 10:53 a.m.

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