Many people with asthma suffer from hayfever, whether seasonally or all year round. It's not uncommon for uncontrolled hayfever to lead to an increase in asthma symptoms and as such, managing your hayfever is a key part of controlling your asthma.
Our Pollen Tacker will run from May 2020 to August 2020.
Check here daily for your pollen count update!
Our pollen tracker updates daily showing the pollen levels across the 4 provinces. It is important to check the tracker each day to best manage your asthma and hay fever.
Up to 80% of people with asthma also have hayfever. If you would like advice on how to avoid allergy triggers and cope with allergic rhinitis please contact our Asthma Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64. You can also now use our new free Beating Breathlessness WhatsApp patient support service. For more information click here.
Our Pollen Tracker service is kindly supported by Dyson.
Top Tips to Survive Hayfever Season
- Talk to doctor or pharmacist NOW about taking medication to prevent / reduce symptoms. Don't wait until you feel unwell.
- Keep an eye on our pollen tracker
- Stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days
- Stay away from grassy areas, especially freshly cut places
- Keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high
- Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period
- Avoid drying clothes outdoors
- Minimise your contact with pets that have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
- Consider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the air
For more information on dealing with hayfever, check out our Gardening with Asthma & Hayfever resources here!
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Have any questions about asthma or hayfever? Use our new Beating Breathlessness patient support service
When you have an allergy your body reacts when you come in contact with a particular allergen or trigger. In hayfever/rhinitis when one of these allergens is breathed in, there is an immune response in the lining of the nose. This causes the nasal passages to become swollen and inflamed.
- Symptoms occurring mainly in spring and summer are usually triggered by pollen from grasses, weeds and trees. This is called seasonal rhinitis, and is commonly known as hay fever.
- When problems occur all year, this is called perennial rhinitis, and they are usually triggered by house dust mite, animal dander or mould spores.
Hayfever is very common in Ireland and up to 80% of people who have asthma also have this condition.
Both asthma and allergic rhinitis are caused by an allergic reaction and are related conditions linked by a common airway. Many of the same allergens are known to trigger asthma and allergic rhinitis.
- If allergic rhinitis is treated effectively it could reduce asthma symptoms and may even help prevent the development of asthma.
- If you have asthma hayfever can make your symptoms worse, so the most important step you can take ahead of the pollen season is to make sure your asthma is under control. If you don't already have an Asthma Action Plan to help you manage your asthma then get one today.
There is currently no cure for either hayfever or asthma, but in most cases symptoms can be controlled.
Some treatments require a prescription from a doctor but others can be purchased over the counter. Speak to your community pharmacist who can advise on the best non prescription treatment for you.
Start treatment early if you can. To help you to do this, identify when your symptoms start and what time of year is worst for you. This can help you determine what is triggering it, as different pollens and spores are active at different times of the year.
For more ways on how to treat asthma + hayfever, click here