ST JOHN AMBULANCE How to deal with hayfever
THE Manchester Weekly News has teamed up with St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, to bring you some simple, but life saving, first aid tips
This week: dealing with hay fever. Hay fever is a common allergic reaction triggered by pollen, and results in symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.
It usually begins in childhood, with boys being more susceptible than girls at this age, but can happen at any stage of life.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for hay fever but there are things that you can do to reduce the symptoms: l Stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut. lAvoid cut grass. l Wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes. l Take a shower and change your clothes when you get home – this can also help by removing the pollen from your body. l Vacuum regularly, ideally using a machine with a HEPA (highefficiency particle arresting) filter. l Damp dust regularly. Dusting with a wet cloth will collect the dust and stop any pollen from being spread around. l Don’t smoke or let other people smoke in your house. Smoke will irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways, and could make your symptoms worse. l Don’t dry your clothes outside. This will help prevent bringing pollen into your home.
Symptoms can be treated with over-thecounter medications, such as antihistamines.
If these fail to improve your symptoms, you can visit your GP who may prescribe you with steroid medication called corticosteroids.
For those looking for quick, easily accessible first aid information, the St John Ambulance app is available free on smartphones and the website (www.sja.org.uk) offers demo videos, an interactive game, and lots of free advice.
For more information about first aid courses please call 0844 770 4800. l
Hayfever symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes