Four Seasons: Managing your asthma and your allergic rhinitis throughout the seasons

Four Seasons is packed full of useful information about asthma and allergic rhinitis with useful tips on minimising your exposure to allergens and a symptom diary to enable you to record and monitor your symptoms.

If you are an asthma sufferer but find that you are getting cold like symptoms throughout the year, it may be that you are also suffering from allergic rhinitis. Seasonal allergic rhinitis or hayfever affects sufferers throughout the summer months, mostly between May and August when the grass pollen levels are at their highest. However, other airborne allergens such as tree pollens or weeds can cause the same symptoms, extending the season from as early as February through to October.

If you are unlucky enough to have hayfever like symptoms all year round, you may be reacting to other common substances that we find in the home, allergens like house dust mites, pet allergens or mould spores can be responsible for perennial rhinitis, causing people to think that they have a cold all year round. This can affect both your quality of life and your day-to-day activities.

Research has shown that allergic rhinitis and asthma are closely linked and for some people, allergic rhinitis, if not well managed, may cause asthma symptoms to worsen. It is now recognised that allergic rhinitis is present in up to 80% of asthma sufferers* and most clinical studies now recommend an integrated approach to treating these conditions.

There are however, many things that you can do to help reduce your exposure to allergens. This can have a positive effect on your asthma and allergic rhinitis, and may even reduce the amount of drugs that you need to take.

Four Seasons has been produced to help you better understand the relationship between allergens and allergic rhinitis and the impact that they can have on your asthma. It includes a handy guide on what allergens to look for and when, and useful tips on how to reduce their effects. By understanding your response to certain allergens, we hope that you can reduce your symptoms and enjoy a fuller, healthier life.

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