Travelling with hay fever

2018-12-20 06:01
PHOTO: sourcedWhen an allergen such as pollen lands in the nasal passage of someone who is sensitive or allergic to it, it can start a reaction that can cause sneezing and a runny, blocked nose.

PHOTO: sourcedWhen an allergen such as pollen lands in the nasal passage of someone who is sensitive or allergic to it, it can start a reaction that can cause sneezing and a runny, blocked nose.

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FOR people who suffer from allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or airborne allergies, there are certain things that should be considered before choosing a holiday destination.

Sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose can often be caused by an allergic reaction to something in the environment. When an allergen such as pollen lands in the nasal passage of someone who is sensitive or allergic to it, it can start a reaction that can cause sneezing and a runny, blocked nose.

This results in uncomfortable symptoms such as a stuffy nose, itchy mouth, nose, eyes or throat and puffy, swollen eyelids, which can be a real dampener when on holiday!

A main consideration which might be worth noting before booking a holiday is whether the pollen count of your planned destination is high. Fortunately, coastal destinations generally have lower pollen counts.

Using sunglasses can also be helpful in keeping pollen out of the eyes. Besides planning your holiday to try to lessen exposure to certain allergens, packing your medication is a must. Allerguard Allergy Nasal Spray, which has been shown to reduce symptoms of a blocked nose, runny nose, itchy nose and sneezing effectively, comes in a handy 20 ml dispenser. It can be used several times a day, is preservative free and is suitable for use in children and people with sensitive noses. It will not cause drowsiness.

Another useful travel tip is to stay hydrated to thin the mucus in your nasal passages and to keep your sinuses clear. It will also help in deterring histamine production.

Speak to a doctor or pharmacist about what to pack to alleviate allergic rhinitis when travelling. See www.allerguard.co.za

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