10 easy tips to survive the hay fever

Back to list 2020-01-13 11:03:48

The beautiful days are back in China!

Pleasant weather and longer days enhance people to wander around the city and to take parks, terraces by storm. Unfortunately, this sweet spring air can turn into a real nightmare for an increasing numbers of people. Itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion and runny nose… Worldwide, the hay fever affects 10% to 30% of the population. This seasonal allergy can appears in many different ways but no matter what your symptoms are, they shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the most enjoyable season.

What is hay fever?

According to the ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) the allergic rhinitis also known as the hay fever is a seasonal allergic reaction to pollen. The body’s immune system overreacts to a harmless substance: the pollen in the air. Common reactions are runny nose, itchy eyes/nose, sneezing, watery eyes and blocked nose.

There are three types of pollen and a specific season for each of them:

-    Tree pollen: late March – mid-May

-    Grass pollen: mid-May - July

-    Weed pollen: late June - September

MSH CHINA has found for you 10 easy tips to follow to make it through the seasonal allergies with the least effects on your daily life.

1. Seeking medical advice

The first thing is to be sure you’re affected by hay fever. Allergist can easily test your body’s reaction to various allergens through a blood or skin prick test. This will help to receive the best treatment depending on your symptom’s level.

2. Track the pollen count

Many great resources are accessible to check the pollen forecast anytime and anywhere in the world. You can even allow app to send you notification when the pollen count is rising.

The website weather.com thanks to their allergy tracker, gives you precious informations about the pollen count. They also allow you to personalize your allergy forecast by choosing which pollen affects you the most. (https://weather.com/forecast/allergy/l/CHXX0008:1:CH)

Sensio Air is an app that lets you check the allergen count but also the pollution forecast, weather, particle count and harmful gas. You can even log your symptoms and learn what is causing your issues.

3. Early medication is the key

According to allergists, people with hay fever should start using nasal sprays and antihistamines two weeks before symptoms usually start. Knowing which type of pollen you are suffering from is important: you could take the right medicine at the right time to prevent your future symptoms.

4. Keep your house pollen-free

Even if pollen is mostly happening outside, it can be carried into your home on clothing or by pets.

These are some easy tips you can follow to avoid a pollen-invasion in your house during seasonal allergies:

-    Change your clothes when you come in from outdoors

-    Take a shower (pollen can stick to your skin and body hair)

-    Brush or give a bath to your pets

-    Keep windows closed

-    Dry clothes inside (or avoid the early morning and evening)

-    Use an air purifier

5. Protect your eyes and nose

The UK’s National Health Service recommends wearing sunglasses (wraparound styles) for outside activities and Vaseline around the nostrils to trap pollen. Anti-pollution mask also works fine.

6. Have a cup of tea

According to doctors, tea, particularly green tea can relieve your allergy symptoms. The natural antihistamines and main antioxidant EGCG help to fight the symptoms. A cup of tea a day keeps the pollen away!

7. Acupuncture

Chinese medicine offers many solutions and natural remedy for people with pollen allergy. Acupuncture is one of them: three points around the nose and you can reduce headache, clear the sinuses and improve your energy.

8. Herbs

If you’re looking for another natural remedy, this can be one of the best solution. Thanks to their natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine virtues, herbs can be prescribed to reduce the allergy symptoms. Sage, rosemary, eyebright, nettles and many others are often recommended by herbalist.

9. Spicy food

Spicy food is especially recommended if your symptoms cause a blocked, stuffy nose. This might be helpful in allowing air to finally access your plugged up nose.

10. Antihistamines

Antihistamines are the usual treatment prescribed. Nevertheless, some of them can make you feel sleepy and are mostly made for people with low - mild symptoms. It is then recommended to consult a professional if you suffer from much more severe symptoms.

About MSH China

Founded in 2001, MSH China is a French International company specialized in high-end insurance services for corporate and individual clients. Our multicultural Internationa department is dedicated to serve foreigners living abroad. Leader in China, our reputation has been made from our efficient customer service and call center, a large hospital network and a cost sensitive approach.







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