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Hayfever Essay

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Summers' approaching, the bees are out, we can smell the sweet scent of freshly cut grass, hear the joyful sound of playful children having a good time; and as we look around, we can admire the sight of people blowing their noses and wiping trickles of snot off their face with the sleeves of their tops, WHAT!?... Despite having one of the coldest winters since records began, hay fever is back and an approximate 7 million people who are hay fever sufferers in the UK are dreading it. For those who don't have hay fever, or don't know what hay fever is, it is simply an allergy where the person who has hay fever is allergic to pollen which comes from the male parts of plants that are found in our back gardens, in the park and really just anywhere. ...read more.


What makes you sneeze, have a runny nose and itchy eyes when inhaling pollen? When someone has hayfever and they inhale the pollen in the air through their nose, their body produces antibodies which trigger the release of histamines which are a chemical substance from our immune system. These histamines irritate the upper respiratory passages making them swell causing symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and runny nose. There are other symptoms too, these include: > Itchy eyes > Wheezing > Burning feeling in the throat So we know how hayfever works, but what can we do to avoid the symptoms of hay fever? 1) Wash you face, hands and hair often, this help remove are particles of pollen near the entrance of your nose. 2) ...read more.


HONEY. It is thought that if local honey is consumed regularly, that the body gets used to the pollen traces in the honey enabling the body to get immune to the pollen in the local air. STOP THE POLLEN. Another remedy that is quite effective is applying a thin layer of Vaseline around and slightly in the nose, this stops the pollen entering deep into throat the nose, and this avoids the release of histamines. ONIONS!... What? Yes, surprisingly, onions contains a chemical that can help to ward off hayfever. So eating the extra helping of onions at Sunday dinner could help you fight off that dreaded hay fever this year! Try some of these remedies and see if they work for you, and don't forget to see your GP to see if it is an appropriate remedy for you. ...read more.

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