Hay fever: The changing seasons and how it is affecting us

Posted on October 10, 2018

As one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from hay fever, I am completely aware of the misery this can cause.
The great weather of the summer was great, but for hay fever sufferers it does no favours. A lot of occasions are held outside and while I don’t really want to complain as we get so little good weather, the constant sneezing and streaming eyes are not a good look. Last year we saw a merge of seasons into possibly the longest Winter-like season we have had in decades. From now on, we may have to get used to more and more triggers for our hay fever all around the calendar year.

According to a survey conducted by Asthma UK, 64 percent of people said certain types of alcohol trigger their symptoms. Many drinks such as beer contain histamine and white wine also contains preservatives (sulphites) which can exacerbate the symptoms. On the bright side, there are other options to try avoiding such triggers. Clear spirits like gin and vodka are your safer bet. So next time you want to have that drink outside, order a G&T or Vodka & Coke.

For many hay fever sufferers, asthma goes hand in hand causing even more issues and range of triggers. As the kids are all back to school, the Asthma Society of Ireland reports that hospitals note a significant increase in asthma admissions in September months. There are loads of simple tips to help your children at school who may have asthma including, having inhalers, spacers, teaching your child what to do if they are suffering an asthma attack at school or when they are not with a family member. With 1 in 5 children in Ireland with Asthma, it is important to prepare.

Here is the official back to school checklist set out by Asthma Ireland:

To check the pollen forecast…click here!


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