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As summer rolls around again so do those unwanted hay fever symptoms like runny nose

itchy eyes, congestion and sneezing now you may have one of these or all of these

and if you do then you picked the right video because I'm gonna make you a hay fever pro

now before we begin with treatments let's first check that it is

actually a hay fever as I know that many patients are always unsure is it a cold?

is it hay fever? so how do you know well remember this question how long have you had your symptoms for?

look at these symptoms if you've had them for about a

week or two and they're gone it's probably most likely a cold but if it

persists it's probably most likely hay fever so hay fever is caused by the body

reacting to pollen as if it was something harmful that was bad for our

body and this reaction causes certain chemicals to be released and one of

which is histamine now the histamine causes inflammation and it also causes

the unpleasant side effects well the symptoms that we know so well as hay

fever now that was a super simplified version but I hope you've got a basic

understanding of it all because it's really gonna help us when we talk about

treatments so now let's begin okay so we have three types of treatments and I

feel like it's best if we break them down into what they're treating so we

first have general hay fever symptoms and you may have a mild version of all

or just one of these now these are the only symptoms that you're experiencing

then I see so many patients who find just an antihistamine on its own enough

to keep their symptoms under control and the way it works is in the name

antihistamine so you know what histamine does and it basically blocks the action

of histamine now you're probably thinking well which antihistamine should I take?

generally speaking loratadine and cetirizine are both quite good for

general hay fever symptoms there what we call second-generation antihistamines so

they're less likely to make you drowsy and it have a long duration of action so

it's only once a day you need to take it treatment number two nasal symptoms now

you may or may not have these general hay fever symptoms but your nasal

symptoms are giving you real trouble you've got a runny nose

you're sneezing all the time and the chances are you've probably blown your

nose so much it's gone all red and sore around your nose which isn't very nice now

my go-to for these kinds of symptoms is a steroid nasal

for example Beclometasone nasal spray it reduces the inflammatory response and

it also helps control the allergic symptoms that are associated with hay fever

now please remember though you will have to use this a couple of weeks before hay

fever season starts for best results it can also be used with the antihistamine

that I've just spoke about for general hay fever treatment ok let's

pause for one second now you may be thinking to yourself but Abraham i've

used a nasal spray and it didn't really help me well first of all please

double-check that it was a steroid nasal spray because there's many different

nasal sprays out there in the market that claim to help with hay fever and

allergies and a lot of them don't actually contain this so firstly check this and

second of all are you using your nasal spray right because if you're not you're

probably not going to get the right amount of medicine in the right spot and

it's not going to be working as well so I did make a video not long ago about

how to use a nasal spray I will leave a link up here and in the description

below please check it out at the end of this video and I guarantee you it will

make a massive difference treatment number three eye symptoms now you may or

may not have any of these general hay fever symptoms but your eyes they're red

they're watery they're itchy it's just not nice so

remember the histamine that we spoke about at the start of the video well

these are contained in cells called mast cells and what we're going to do is

we're going to hit these with a mast cell stabilizer called sodium cromoglicate

which is available as an eye drop so by stabilizing the mast cells it's not

going to release the histamine so we shouldn't get the allergic hay fever

symptoms that were used to in the eye also sodium cromoglicate can be used with the

antihistamines I spoke about at the start now once again you may be thinking

to yourself put Abraham I've already used an eye drop and it didn't really

help me well firstly I'd probably say please read the ingredients and

double-check does that eye drop contain sodium cromoglicate because chances

are it may not because there's a lot of different treatments out there that don't

actually have this ingredient in them so please double check and also secondly

are you using your eye drop properly because trust me a lot of people don't

use them properly and thankfully not long ago I made a video on how to use an

eye drop properly which I will leave a link up here and in the description below now

trust me if you use an eye drop properly I guarantee you, you will see a

significant improvement and a significant improvement in results

and please remember that with all medication always read the information leaflet to

make sure that you're safe and suitable to take it and always speak to your

pharmacist first so they can advise you what to take and again so they can check

that you're safe and suitable to take it that's the most important thing also there are

things that you can do lifestyle things that you can do that can help with hay fever

as well so let's quickly run through that tip number one

pollen count now pollen is usually higher in the morning and at nighttime

so try and keep your doors shut try and keep your windows shut try and keep them

closed for as much as you can tip number two petroleum jelly

try and get a tiny amount and rub it around your nostrils I'd only recommend

this in adults and not really in children and what it's going to do is it's going to

trap that pollen and help prevent it from getting into your system it might

also be useful for you when you've got a sore nose because you've been blowing it

so much and tip number three once you've been outside and you've come back home go

for a shower and get your clothes washed so it washes off all that excess pollen

that may have stuck to you I really hope my tips help you I've also

left loads more information in the description below which have advised

everyone to read also if you've got any of your own tips leave a comment below

too because I'd love to read it and I'm sure everyone else would too always

remember that you're awesome enjoy the summer and I will see you next week

now if this is you I see (Phone rings) hello there

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really I'm like filming and sweating so hot in here right now (Laughs)

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