I’m an expert and here are the 6 warning signs you need to take action against your hay fever

FOR many Brits this time of year is a difficult one as hay fever symptoms plague millions.

Most people simply try to live with the condition by stocking up on antihistamines and nasal sprays.

Experts have warned people not to just accept hay fever symptoms and seek help if you feel like they are getting out of control


Experts have warned people not to just accept hay fever symptoms and seek help if you feel like they are getting out of controlPhoto credit: Getty
The charts above show the pollen load from today to Saturday


The charts above show the pollen load from today to Saturday

Pollen levels are very high in many areas of the UK over the next few days.

That means for those struggling, red eyes and itchy skin could be on the menu.

If you’re one of those Brits who just keeps going and going and suffering from a runny nose, then it might feel like an endless struggle.

While you might just try to come to terms with it, one expert says there are signs you need to act.

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Speaking to The Sun, nutritional therapist Hannah Braye said it’s best to do something about these symptoms before they get out of hand.

She said there are six things to look out for

1. Food allergies

Hannah, who works with BioKult, said if you’ve developed food allergies, you should be on the lookout – as not getting these under control could prove dangerous.

“Sometimes people who are allergic to pollen can become allergic to certain foods.

“This is known as cross-reactivity, where the immune system gets confused and starts responding to similar compounds,” she said.

2. Miss

Hannah explained that hay fever can take over for some people.

This can lead to isolation as the symptoms are difficult to control.

She said if you’ve started missing work, school or social events because of your symptoms, then it’s time you sought further help.

Studies have shown that hay fever is associated with increased absenteeism from work and school and poor cognitive performance, she added.

3. Other diseases

If you or your family have problems like eczema or asthma, getting your allergies under control is important, Hannah said.

“These disorders share common genetic and environmental predisposing factors and certain immunological characteristics to hay fever and often run in families.

“The presence of an atopic disease increases the risk of developing others.”

“If hay fever symptoms “travel down” to the lungs, they can also develop into allergic asthma after a few years.”

What can I do about my hay fever?

If you’re struggling and any of these sounds like you – then it’s time to act.

Hannah explained that because hay fever is related to immune system dysregulation, it is believed that a variety of dietary and lifestyle interventions to support the immune system could be beneficial.

These are the different things you could try that might help:

  • Anti-inflammatory diet: Eat foods rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients from brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish, hemp and flax. Certain foods high in flavonol quercetin may be particularly beneficial due to their anti-allergic effects. The main dietary sources of quercetin are vegetables such as onions, garlic, and broccoli, fruits such as apples, berries, and grapes, some herbs, and tea
  • Reduce your stress levels: try breathing techniques and exercises
  • Good sleep: Take care of your sleep hygiene – put your phone down before bed and establish a routine
  • Take a supplement – ​​Research shows that apple polyphenols, tomato extract, spirulina, chlorophyll, honey, conjugated linoleic acid, MSM, quercetin, vitamins C, D, and E, and live bacteria supplements can help hay fever sufferers.

Hannah explained that if you suffer from hay fever, there’s a chance you have gut dysbiosis — which is an imbalance in gut microorganisms.

“Recent research indicates a central role of the gut microbiome in allergic diseases and hypothesizes that dysbiosis may play a role in the development/symptoms of hay fever.

“Many factors can upset the balance of microorganisms in the gut, such as antibiotics, a period of poor nutrition, stress and environmental pollutants,” she said.

4. Spend a small fortune

It might also be time to take action if your bathroom resembles a pharmacy – full of allergy products.

Hannah said, “Hay fever is associated with increased healthcare costs, which can be significant when other health complications arise.”

5. High pollution

Living in a place where there is no pollution at all is a big challenge – but for allergy sufferers, living in a heavily polluted area could make things worse.

Hannah said: “As if hay fever symptoms weren’t uncomfortable enough, researchers now believe pollen’s allergic effects can be enhanced when pollen interacts with high levels of air pollution.

“That means it takes less pollen in the air to cause symptoms.”

6. You are always tired

Many people struggle with their sleep, and hay fever sufferers could have an itchy throat or runny nose preventing them from napping.

“Hay fever symptoms can disrupt people’s sleep, even if they go to bed early, leading to persistent fatigue,” Hannah added.

It’s important to note that not all symptoms are that severe.

dr Anushka Patchava, Vitality’s deputy chief medical officer, said that like many other allergies, the key to treating hay fever symptoms is to avoid contact with the triggering allergens.

“For example, when pollen counts are high, people with hay fever can take steps such as closing windows, avoiding buying fresh flowers, washing your clothes frequently to remove pollen, and cleaning your pets to remove pollen stuck in their fur.

“If you have asthma, you should be extra cautious during the warmer months as pollen has been known to aggravate or even trigger asthma.”

While hay fever has no cure, many people have had success with over-the-counter medications.

“This may include nasal sprays, antihistamines and eye drops.

“All of this can help with symptom relief and can be obtained through your local pharmacist who can help you decide which medication is the best option for you.

“It is important to read the instructions that come with the medication and to listen to the advice of your pharmacist or doctor. This is especially important if you are taking other medications or have other health conditions,” added Dr. Added Patchava.

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