For many South African, Spring is not as cheerful as it should be thanks to the itching, coughing and sneezing that accompanies their hayfever.
Hayfever is caused by an allergic reaction to allergens – which during Spring are mostly pollens from blossoming trees and plants.
If you suffer from hayfever, then taking oral anti-histamines once or twice a day can help relieve your allergies during the day and give you better quality sleep at night.
Research has shown that anti-histamines can decrease snoring, sleep apnea and nasal congestion if caused by an allergic reaction. Many allergy sufferers aren't sleeping well due to this itchiness, stuffiness and difficulty breathing. Hence, by treating the allergy their sleep automatically benefits.
Whilst many health professionals recommend eradicating or limiting the source of your allergies this can be impossible with hayfever – air is everywhere!
Your Secret Weapon To Fight Hayfever
If your reaction is severe and you cannot get it under control with antihistamines then here are some more steps you could take-
- Wash out your eyes, nasal passages and sinuses with warm, salty water.
- Spring clean your home to get rid of air-born allergens that may have built up over Winter.
- Ask your GP for a cortisone injection which will decrease your body’s reaction to the allergens or ask your homeopath for an alternative medicine such as colloidal silver which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Choose to sleep on a Sealy mattress that are made from bamboo and aloe vera fabrics that are known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties. Allergy sufferers sleep better on a Sealy that is built to repel allergens.
Remember, this season shall pass and so should your hayfever!
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