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By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: June 13, 2012

If you suffer from Hayfever, avoid areas with a high pollen count!

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Allergic rhinitis. The condition when you're allergic to Rhinos. I jest. I'm talking about Hayfever.

1 in 5 people get it and I know many joke about it when asked why they're all nasaly and blowing their nose in decent weather, they respond "I'm allergic to grass"! Although sometimes, it's really not that funny! Severity varies from person to person, and then also on the current pollen count. The higher the pollen, the more severe the symptoms. It also depends on the type of pollen the person is allergic to. This is also reffered to as pollinosis.

Symptoms include; the sniffles, runny nose, sore throat, swelling, itchy eyes and more. A lot of people get it in a mild degree, getting "sneeze and sniffles" as I like to call it. This is the way that I suffer with Hayfever. I also get itchy eyes that just water and a scratchy sore throat sometimes when it's quite bad, though I also spend a lot of time indoors with my current health so I'm not affected as much as I would be if I were to be outside more.

When I was in secondary school, I witnessed the worst hayfever sufferer I'd ever seen. Everyone seems to have hayfever to some degree but boy, this was bad! His face had swollen, his eyes had swollen into little more than slits, and his voice was croaky. He had it bad!

Tissues! One of my best friends in my handbag. Okay, so I'm the type that has the kitchen sink in her handbag, but truely, one thing I can not go without, is tissues. I try and have a little pack of wet wipes in there too. Always very useful! I'm prone to sniffles in winter and Hayfever in the summer, so I always need my tissues.

If you end up having to blow/wipe your nose a lot, you can rub some vasaline on the side of your nose before you go to blow it, then instead of rubbing the skin more, you will rub the vasaline off so you don't have such a sore nose! In winter, I'm permanantly applying vasaline to my nose, though if you do it in the spring/summer, you're inviting pollen to the end of your honker; so apply it, then blow! These have been crucial things for me with suffering from hayfever. They may or may not work for you, but it's nice to share.

If you check the forecast and a high pollen count is predicted, you can nip symptoms in the bud by taking an antihistimine before leaving the house. This doesn't work for everyone, some people are still symptomatic but less severe, with others it completely knocks them out of the ball park. Although it's also worth keeping in mind that they can make you rather drowsy. If you suffer severely and antihistimines don't help, your GP will be able to advise you further. So don't be afraid to ask just because 'everyone' has it. We're all affected differently.

And remember, cover your nose when you sneeze!

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