Get clued up on Hayfever

Get clued up on Hayfever

Author -  Candy Hughes

Find out what Hayfever is, what causes it and why some people get it.
Spring should be a time of new found energy after the winter months. For some people though, it can be a time of misery. Hayfever is generally seasonal although some suffer all year

Spring should be a time of new found energy after the winter months. For some people though, it can be a time of misery. Hayfever is generally seasonal although some suffer all year.

What is it?

Hayfever, also known as Allergic Rhinitis, is an allergic response to pollen, dust, animal dander or mould.

What causes it?

Hayfever is caused by the body’s response to a perceived threat (allergen) or in this case pollen. When the pollen is inhaled by a person with a more sensitive immune system, a response known as the inflammation cascade is triggered. This is what causes all of the unpleasant symptoms as our defences do everything they can to expel the threat from our body.

Why all the symptoms?

Your body’s natural response to fight off invaders (in this case pollen) that it sees as threatening. Antibodies (our defence cells) are released to attack the invading pollen. Some of our own cells are damaged during this “war” and they release a variety of chemicals, one of which is Histamine. These are very irritating and are what cause the symptoms of Hayfever.

Who are more susceptible to Hayfever?

  • You are more likely to get Hayfever if members of your family have Hayfever or other allergies such as Eczema, or Asthma.
  • Long term use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives and certain medications can have a negative effect on digestion and how you absorb food. This can put your immune system into overdrive and make you more susceptible to Hayfever. 
  • Over exposure to an allergen, for example working outside, living near fields, seasonal changes, windy weather could lead to Hayfever.
  • Other sensitivities to food could make you more susceptible to Hayfever.
 
 
 
 
 

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