What makes dust allergies worse
There are multiple potential triggers for night-time allergy symptoms. Indoor allergens including dust mites, pet dander, and pollen are a few examples. Dust mites could live in your bedroom.
Pet dander, which is skin (as well as urine and saliva) and not fur, can stick to your clothing or bedding and cause allergy symptoms that way.
The same goes for pollen. It can exist indoors, and if you spend time exterior and don’t immediately wash your hands and change your clothes and shoes, you could bring even more pollen inside your bedroom.
A pharmacist can assist with hay fever
Speak to your pharmacist if you own hay fever.
They can give advice and propose the best treatments, love antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays to assist with:
- itchy and watery eyes and sneezing
- a blocked nose
Find a pharmacy
Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:
- your symptoms are getting worse
- your symptoms do not improve after taking medicines from the pharmacy
Check if you own hay fever
Symptoms of hay fever include:
- itchy, red or watery eyes
- loss of smell
- a runny or blocked nose
- sneezing and coughing
- itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- pain around your temples and forehead
- feeling tired
If you own asthma, you might also:
- have a tight feeling in your chest
- be short of breath
- wheeze and cough
Hay fever will final for weeks or months, unlike a freezing, which generally goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
How to treat hay fever yourself
There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you cannot prevent it.
But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
- shower and change your clothes after you own been exterior to wash pollen off
- stay indoors whenever possible
- put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
- vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
- hold windows and doors shut as much as possible
- wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- purchase a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
- do not spend too much time exterior
- do not hold unused flowers in the home
- do not cut grass or stroll on grass
- do not dry clothes exterior – they can catch pollen
- do not smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
- do not let pets into the home if possible – they can carry pollen indoors
Allergy UK has more tips on managing hay fever.
Treatments for hay fever from a GP
Your GP might prescribe steroids.
If steroids and other hay fever treatments do not work, your GP may refer you for immunotherapy.
This means you’ll be given little amounts of pollen as an injection or tablet to slowly build up your immunity to pollen.
This helpful of treatment generally starts in the winter about 3 months before the hay fever season begins.
What causes hay fever
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.
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Sheet final reviewed: 21 December 2017
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Posted on: December 13, 2019
It’s the same thing almost every single night.
You brush your teeth, finish your nightly routine, climb into bed, and immediately feel congested and sneezy.
If you suffer from allergies, your symptoms most likely get worse at night.
This is something you share with other allergy patients. In fact, research shows that 74% of allergy sufferers wake up during the night because of allergy symptoms and over 90% of sufferers own difficulty sleeping.