Hayfever help

Don’t let al­ler­gies ruin your spring and sum­mer – arm your­self now and stay snif­fle free!

YOURS (UK) - - Content - By Re­becca Speech­ley

When it comes to stop­ping hayfever in its tracks you need to get an early start and pro­tect your­self from pollen be­fore the lev­els get too high. If you’re al­ler­gic to pollen, your body re­leases a chem­i­cal called his­tamine to fight off what it sees as a dan­ger­ous in­va­sion. And it’s the his­tamine that is ac­tu­ally the cause of itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat.

“Many hayfever treat­ments are more ef­fec­tive if you start tak­ing them a few weeks be­fore al­ler­gens ap­pear,” says oph­thalmic sur­geon Sab­rina Shah-De­sai. An­ti­his­tamines work by block­ing H1 re­cep­tors in your body to stop the al­ler­gic re­ac­tion and symp­toms. But if, like many peo­ple, you find the side ef­fects of an­ti­his­tamines, such as drowsi­ness, brain fog and dry mouth, aren’t worth the re­lief they bring, it might be time to find an al­ter­na­tive.

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