An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a particular substance found in the environment. For most of us the substance (known as an allergen or trigger) is harmless. Common examples of allergens include pollen, dust mites, moulds, medications, and certain foods. Your body’s response to an allergen is called an allergic reaction which can include inflammation, swelling, and redness and the level of the reaction ultimately depends on which part of your body is affected by the allergic reaction.
Allergic rhinitis is a condition in which allergies have caused an inflammation of the lining of the nose. Symptoms resemble those of the common cold, but they are not caused by a viral infection like the common cold as Allergic Rhinitis can be seasonal or persist year-round. On the other end Perennial Allergic Rhinitis is a hypersensitivity reaction to allergens in house dust, animal dander or fungal spores.
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, or more commonly known as hayfever, is caused by an allergy to pollens from grass, flowers, weeds or trees. It causes sudden, frequent attacks of sneezing, nasal discharge and congestion. These episodes may also be accompanied by eye symptoms, such as stinging, watering eyes and conjunctivitis – not fun stuff as you can imagine if you’ve got places to be, and people to interact with and you can’t stop sneezing. Eikk.
Yes, it’s that time of year again where those hayfever symptoms arise which are due to airborne pollens and allergens making their way into your respiratory system, nose or eyes and triggering a reaction that can inflame the area. There are several symptoms that might indicate you are suffering from a hayfever allergy, these include:
If your symptoms are not being relieved by your current treatment, talk to one of our friendly Chempro Pharmacist for other options that may better suit your needs.