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metropolitan news

2010-05-11

Hay fever – what to do?

After a long dark winter, spring with its beautiful bright days is finally here.

While most people look forward to it, for many who are allergic to pollen it becomes problematic when the late tree blossoms bloom at the same time as the grass flowers.

Hay fever – what is that?

Hay fever involves the over-sensitive reaction of the body to pollen, among other things causing the body to release the neurotransmitter histamine. Histamine is stored in the mast cells, and its release triggers the corresponding allergic inflammation.

This results in a runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion. The eyes are frequently also involved.

Those affected complain of watering, itching and burning eyes. The allergy can also lead to headaches, fatigue and impaired concentration.

What can you do?

First, you should always try to avoid contact with allergy-causing substances.

However, in the case of pollen this is hard to do!

  • Nevertheless there are a few resources to assist in keeping the concentration of allergens low. For instance:
  • A pollen count calendar from the met, or current pollen warnings from the weather office, providing information concerning pollen concentrations. You should stay at home as much as possible during times of a high pollen count for the relevant plants.
  • There are some things which can assist in therapy or prevention.
    Calcium - hinders the release of histamine.
    Zinc - also exhibits anti-allergic properties, since it stabilises certain immune cells. Zinc is taken up much more quickly by the body when combined with the body’s own amino acid histidine. In addition, histidine itself has an anti-oxidising and anti-inflammatory effect.
    These minerals and many other vital substances, with extremely useful complementary properties, are contained in the metvital anti-allergy blend.
    This premium metvital product is produced in our own pharmaceutical laboratory, and is therefore available only from us at the met, or via our online shop.
  • Sea water nasal sprays or nasal douches likewise exhibit success as preventive measures, since they also clean the mucous membrane well. Symptoms are often considerably reduced. It is highly recommended that this measure be employed just before bedtime.
  • Anit-allergic nasal sprays or eye drops promise rapid assistance in the case of swollen nasal mucous or red eyes.
    Symptoms usually improve within 5 minutes.
  • In the case of pronounced, acute symptoms, anti-allergic tablets, referred to as antihistamines, are recommended.
    These begin to take effect in approximately one hour.
  • It is important to consult a doctor if symptoms do not improve even after self-treatment, or if you experience coughing or difficulty breathing.
    In such cases prescription antihistamines or even glucocorticoids can be prescribed.

Drop in at the met – the met team will be happy to advise you.