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Hayfever FAQ

Common Questions about Hayfever

What is hay fever and its symptoms?
What is the difference between a cold and hayfever?
Is hay fever a life long condition?
What can I do in my home environment to reduce my allergy symptoms?
How can I protect myself in my office as well?
Is hay fever fatal?

Q. What is hay fever and its symptoms?

A. Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms associated hay fever affect the nose, such as itching, a runny nose, and clear mucus appears as a result of an allergic reaction allergens in the air.

Q. What is the difference between a cold and hay fever?

A. There is a difference between having a cold and suffering from an allergy. Cold symptoms include symptoms that last a week or two, including, a fever, and thick yellow mucus excreting from the nose. Hay fever symptoms are seasonal, appear when the pollen count is high, usually in the spring and fall, no fever appears, mucus is thin and runny, and hay fever can last for months at a time.

Q. Is hay fever a life long condition?

A. Hay fever can take years to develop, but once developed, can never go away. There are many medications to combat the discomforts of hay fever. Check with your doctor for the ones that best fit your needs.

Q. What can I do in my home environment to reduce my allergy symptoms?

A. Use a HEPA air filter to keep the air free of allergens, keep your windows closed and Turn on the air conditioner instead to avoid letting harmful allergens into the house, vacuum and dust often so as not to permeate dust through the air, avoid sprays and chemicals that might trigger your allergies.

Q. How can I protect myself in my office as well?

A. If possible, continue to use the same steps applied in protecting your home.