As soon as the daffodils begin to flower and the lambs frolic, it’s a sure sign spring is here. While spring brings about new growth, it also brings about dread to the 15 percent of Australians who suffer from hay fever. What’s more, around 50 percent of those sufferers will also be battling with asthma, an inflammatory and long-term lung condition.
There are two main types of asthma – non-allergic and allergic. Non-allergic asthma has no trigger, but allergens common in spring can initiate asthma attacks in those with allergic asthma. As a result, allergic asthma can typically be harder to control.
Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, causes a reaction to weeds, grass, and even trees.
Perennial allergic rhinitis, however, causes reactions year-round to common allergens such as dust mites. Just like asthma, both can be allergic or non-allergic – where there are known causes or none.
While these conditions alone are troublesome, together they can be more of a cause for concern. However, treatment methods for both allergic asthma and hay fever are often similar, with the same goal: to reduce your body’s reaction to the allergens.
Conventional treatment methods include antihistamines which you can get from your local pharmacy. If you don’t find these to be effective, you may also be given the option of steroids known as corticosteroids. You administer these in nasal spray form or through your inhaler if you have asthma.
If you still see no light at the end of the tunnel, consult your doctor about other treatments available. Always use medication and treatment as directed by your GP or pharmacist.