And hello to you too, pollens...
September the 1st marks the end of the coldest months of the year.
It's a real celebration of birth and restoration. Or, at least, it is supposed to be. But, it also marks the return of the most glorious burst of pollens and intense hayfever for those who live in the southern hemisphere. For these folk, there is nothing great about a bunch of Spring blossoms.
You will be forgiven if you mistake a scratchy throat, burning eyes and runny nose for that flu you thought you had shaken back in July. You are not alone. Hayfever affects a huge amount of people all over the globe...
...15% of Australians...
...one in four people in the UK...
...and in the US, 17.6million people have been diagnosed with hayfever in the last 12 months.
There aren't any stats available for the South African population, but it seems that one's genetics are largely to blame. The lighter your skin, hair and eyes, the greater your chance of suffering from allergies in general. You have as much chance of escaping your genetics, as you do of living without air.
So here are your options:
- Anti-histamines taken daily or at least when symptoms erupt
- A cortisone injection
- Installing an air conditioner to filter the air
- Washing out your nose and sinuses with saline solution
- Or perhaps, a bubble suit to block out all allergens?
Hayfever is exacerbated by other air-born irritants found in your home. Allergens like mould, pet hair, skin flakes and dust can be fought with fresh air and a good dose of cleaning. Sealy mattresses are built to repel these allergens. They are made from bamboo and aloe vera fabrics known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties.
Whatever you find works for you, the Sealy team wish you a sneeze-free Spring.