FQ – Hay fever

Runny noses and itchy eyes are common symptoms for time of year, but how can you get about without hay fever ruining your day?

Reports have suggested that 68% of hay fever sufferers say they can’t enjoy being outdoors during the summer. Studies have shown that rhinitis severely affects people’s quality of life. It is said to disturb sleep, impair concentration and even causes people to miss work. But how do we keep these demons at bay?

According to area expert manager for respiratory brands at GSK, Kavita Datar, it’s all about being proactive.

Hay fever is caused when the body makes allergic antibodies to certain substances, such as pollen. As you never know how long the season is going to be, it is important to carrying around anti-rhinitis products. So you can act quickly when you start to feel the symptoms coming on. Know the time of day you are most affected by pollen and when your hay fever is most prevalent. Kavita says this doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors at those time. It is as simple as monitoring the daily pollen forecasts. And on days when the pollen count is high, shower after arriving home to avoid the pollen staying on your body.

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