Number of Hayfever Sufferers set to double & Natural Solutions
A recent report predicts that the total number of hayfever sufferers in the UK will double in the next twenty years, reaching 30 million by 2030. The reason? - climate change and increased city living, where pollution and stress levels are thought to be much higher than in surrounding countryside.
The findings of the report, sponsored by Kleenex and carried out by Professor Jean Emberlin at the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU) at the University of Worcester were published this month.
The study, The Hay Fever Health Report, is the first comprehensive study into the effects of hayfever on adults in the UK, looking at the impact of hayfever on people’s working lives and how it impacts on their social and family life. It finds that hayfever has a significant impact of the lives of the majority of sufferers.
So the hayfever season means misery for many of us - what can we do to limit the symptoms, without using drugs?
Another study by Professor Emberlin of NPARU on HayMax - a pollen barrier nose balm, conducted at the height of the hayfever season in Jul 2009, found that a nostril coated in HayMax pollen barrier balm traps ‘significantly more’ pollen than an uncoated nostril, resulting in a ‘reduction to the amount of allergen entering the nose’.
The pollen barrier balm is an effective, and natural, way to tackle hayfever symptoms. It works by trapping pollen, therefore reducing the amount of pollen inside your body. It is suitable for everyone, including women who are suffering from hayfever while pregnant.
Hayfever starts when the amount of allergen, in this case pollen, in your body goes above your sensitivity level, then your body reacts and you experience the uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever.
The signs of hayfever include sneezing, watery eyes, itchy face nose and throat, congestion and general lethargy. You might develop a hayfever rash – a soothing lavender gel or aloe vera can calm your skin. Hayfever asthma, where hayfever exacerbates your asthma symptoms can also occur. See your doctor on how to treat ashthma. A hayfever cough or sore throat can be soothed naturally with cough and cold remedies like cough syrup.
If you suffer from hayfever while pregnant then try a drug-free natural remedy like the pollen barrier balm. Other drug-free ways to tackle hayfever symptoms include a nasal power, herbal remedies and homeopathic hayfever remedies.
And when the hayfever count is high take extra precautions – avoid being outdoors early morning and late evening when the count is highest or at all if possible and particularly any areas with newly cut grass or lots of trees, and stock up on your preferred natural remedy.
In this way you can develop your own hayfever prescription, the natural way.
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