An itchy, blocked or runny nose, sneezing and streaming eyes are all uncomfortable symptoms caused by common airborne allergens found in and around the home.
Managing your allergy is a key way you can take control and stop it affecting your everyday life. First, it’s a good idea to identify
what you’re allergic to. Do your symptoms happen at work or at home? Or, do they happen at the same time each year – if so,
it could be hay fever. Once you know what you’re allergic to, there are some things you can do yourself to feel better.
Allergens are caused by proteins, substances that are found in all living things. When your body comes into contact with one that you’re allergic to, you get an allergic reaction. Your body releases antibodies, which trigger the release of a chemical called histamine.
This is what sets off your symptoms.
Hay fever is caused by grass, tree and weed pollens. These tend to pollinate throughout the spring and summer months. Short of staying inside, you may feel like there’s no getting away from it. But try these tactics to help reduce your symptoms.
House dust mites
House dust mites are tiny creatures that live in curtains, carpets, mattresses, pillows and duvets. They are almost impossible to get rid of completely, but there are things you can do that will help.