What brings on hay fever symptoms?
Hay fever also called allergic rhinitis, simply is an allergic reaction. When you breathe allergens and irritants into your nose or they get into your eyes, they can cause inflammation. Hay fever can affect the nose, face, sinus passages, eyes and throat.
Common triggers of allergic rhinitis include house dust, pet dander, pollens, fungal spores, air pollutants and occupational sources.
Seasonal hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollens from grasses, trees and other plants. When you breathe in pollen particles, they can irritate the lining of the eyes, sinuses and nasal passages.
Perennial hay fever happens all year round and is caused by other triggers. These could be dust mites in the house, pet dander or mould spores. If you or a family member get hay fever all year round, it could be due to one of these triggers.
Hay fever is very common – more 3 million Australians experience it and if you have hay fever, then there’s a greater chance your child could have hay fever.
What symptoms to look for in your child
When it comes to hay fever, there’s some signs to look out for which you may not realise could be due to your child having the condition (and not just a regular cold). These include:
- runny nose – is your child often sniffing a lot ?
- itchy nose – is your child constantly rubbing his/her nose?
- blocked nose – does your child sound nasally? Have difficulties sleeping/breathing?
- mouth breathing – does your child snore or have smelly breath?
- sneezing – is your child a regular sneezer?
- itchy eyes, nose, roof of mouth, back of the throat – does your child complain of any discomfort in these areas?
- red, sore, watery eyes – does your child complain of blurry or sore eyes? Do their eyes look red and puffy/have discolouration underneath?
- bed wetting – does your child wet the bed often? A recent study with over 327,000 children showed a link between night-time bed wetting and hay fever*
Wash out what’s breathed in!
If your child has hay fever symptoms, then controlling symptoms in their nose (where they are breathing in allergens and irritants) makes good sense!
To help wash out irritants and inflammatory matter in their nose, we recommend cleansing or washing their nose with a preservative-free, isotonic nasal saline spray.
For infants or young children, you can try Flo Baby Saline or Flo Kids Saline Nasal Sprays. For older kids or teenagers, try Flo Saline Plus. All of these products are preservative-free and can be used out and about, on the go. Pack one in your handbag, nappy bag or in their school backpack.
If symptoms are more severe and your child is over 5 years of age, you can ask your Pharmacist for a medicated preservative-free, antihistamine nasal spray like Eze Allergy Nasal Spray.
! Always read the label. Follow instructions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.
If you’re still unsure whether your child has hay fever or a lingering cold, then you should speak to a health professional for further advice. Your Pharmacist or GP can also tell you more about what you can do for their symptoms. Don’t forget, antibiotics will not help hay fever symptoms.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All Flo and Eze products are 100% preservative-free. When buying nasal products always look for PRESERVATIVE-FREE on the packaging. Flo and Eze nasal sprays are available in leading Australian pharmacies.