Hay fever due to changed lifestyle

Hay fever. More and more people in the western world suffer from it. The cause of hay fever appears to lie in the changed life. Our food, the fact that we are constantly trying to eliminate bacteria through all kinds of hygiene measures and the excess of stress have brought about a change in our immune system. Everything far hay fever and its causes.

When do hay fever symptoms start and when do they last?

All kinds of grasses flower around April each year. It is also the time that people start to suffer from hay fever. By the way, every year more people become. In 2010, around 3 million people will be sneezing and faced with red eyes in the flowering time of plants and grasses. The hay fever season ends again around October. By the way, not everyone is allergic to the same pollen. Some people have already got rid of it in May, because the plant that they are suffering from has then finished flowering.

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is a response of the immune system to the presence of pollen. People who suffer from the condition respond to innocent substances such as pollen. A very unnatural reaction, because this pollen actually does nothing wrong with the body. But because Western people are so keen on hygiene, they often use food that prevents them from creating resistance and suffer too much stress, the body nevertheless sees these substances as strange. The body then tries to eliminate them with histamine.

What do you suffer from hay fever?

Hay fever gives a package of complaints. They include:
  1. Irritation of the mucous membranes
  2. Swelling of the mucous membranes, especially in the nose, throat and eyes
  3. Itching
  4. Burning pain
  5. Sneeze
  6. Running nose
  7. Red eyes
  8. Fatigue
  9. Lack of energy
  10. Difficult to concentrate
  11. Less performance at school and at work

Hay fever patients respond to which substances?

People who suffer from hay fever respond to the pollen of certain plants. Grasses are the biggest culprit. Also to a large extent responsible for the complaints are:
  • Birch
  • Alder
  • Hazel trees
  • Poplars
  • The mugwort

Where does the name hay fever come from?

In fact, the name hay fever has been chosen very strangely. The condition has nothing to do with hay or fever. A British doctor called the inconvenience so because the allergy occurred when there was hay. Because people also felt feverish, he combined the two words and turned it into hay fever.

Hay fever treatment

If a doctor finds that someone suffers from hay fever, he uses the name Pollinose. People who suffer from a mild form of hay fever can use nose drops to relieve symptoms.
People who suffer from the condition in a much heavier form need antihistamines. This is a substance that inhibits or stops the production of histamine. It is precisely this production that causes the complaints.

Hay fever is a cost item every year

Because more and more people suffer from hay fever, this is becoming an increasingly large cost item for the country. The 10 percent of people who therefore perform less at work or at school or who are simply sick, cost around 350 euros per month per person. This amount is due to sickness absence and the fact that people perform less at work.

Video: Tips to ease your seasonal allergies (February 2020).

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