Friday, March 6, 2020
Hay fever season can be troublesome enough for people this time of year without having the added extra of asthma. But what if you suffer from both? Does hay fever affect the severity of asthma, and make your asthma symptoms even worse? Here we take a look at how hay fever affects asthma sufferers, and what you can do to minimise the impact when it comes to high pollen season.
Hay fever is caused by pollen, and the pollen produced causes some people's immune systems to overreact. When the immune systems overreacts it produces a chemical called a histamine, which causes symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes and blocked sinuses.
These symptoms are what can cause those with asthma to suffer, as a blocked nose can affect normal breathing, and ultimately affect asthma control.
If you, or a person you know, suffers from asthma, you may find that your asthma symptoms worsen with an onset of hay fever. This might mean that the following symptoms occur:
- a tight chest
- shortness of breath
Typically hay fever symptoms can be controlled by over the counter medications, but if you find that your hay fever is causing your asthma symptoms to worsen, contact your GP as soon as possible.
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