Is it hay fever or perennial allergic rhinitis?
Tree and grass pollen are the most common cause of hay fever symptoms (also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis) at certain times of the year when pollen is released for the majority of those with hay fever this is during the summer months when grass pollen counts are high. However, some people may actually experience hay fever symptoms all year round, this is what we call perennial (all year round) allergic rhinitis.
Perennial allergic rhinitis is usually caused by indoor allergens, such as dust mite, mould and pet dander allergens. As lockdown has left us spending more time at home than ever, it is unsurprising to hear that these allergens may be causing more trouble than usual.
Symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis are the same as hay fever:
- Sneezing, itchy nose
- Runny nose (most commonly clear fluid)
- Nasal blockage or congestion
- Feeling of mucous running down the back of nose/throat (post nasal drip)
- Itchy, red and watery eyes
There are many treatment options available to help alleviate allergy symptoms –speak to a pharmacist/GP to see which are best for you.
- Nasal steroid spray
- Eye drops
- Saline nasal sprays and irrigation
- Nasal allergen barrier balm
Read more about these treatments on our Allergic Rhinitis Factsheet which is available at the bottom of the following page for download Hay Fever Symptoms & Treatment.
Tips for reducing exposure to indoor allergens
Regular cleaning is undoubtedly the best way reduce indoor allergens in your home… and as Saturday was officially the first day spring, what better time to clean your way through your to-do list, working on all those hard to reach hot spots and scrub away those allergens with a deep spring clean.
You can read more about indoor allergies here Allergies in the Home.
Or visit our Allergy House to identify hot spots around the home The Allergy House.