Spring Allergies: What you need to know

1 Apr 2019

As Spring arrives, many of us look forward to getting back out in the garden to enjoy the warmer brighter days. For some, it brings the dreaded spring allergies. Here are Angel Training’s top tips so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors!

Hay fever

If you suffer badly with Hay fever there are a few simple tricks you can use to help alleviate your symptoms;

There are a number of medical options which you could discuss with your GP or pharmacist. This includes nasal sprays, anti histamines, or eye drops. If you suffer badly you may be offered immunotherapy. This is where you are given a small amount of the allergen to gradually build up your immunity.

Bee and Wasp Stings

If you are allergic to one, it does not mean you automatically will be allergic to the other. The bee will sting leaving the barb behind, while the wasp will sting and fly away unscathed.

If despite the above methods you still get stung, apply an ice pack or cold compress to the area immediately. It is likely the area will swell so remove any jewellery, and raise the affected area.

If the bite or sting is to the face, near the eyes or inside the mouth then it is always advisable to seek medical assistance. With a bee sting the barb gets left behind. You must remove this. Do this by scraping at the barb with a credit card. Don’t use tweezers as you will push on the venom sack pushing more venom into the body.

Asthma

If you do suffer with allergies, it is likely you may also have Asthma. Be sure to always carry your inhaler with you, and take your prescribed dose of your blue reliever inhaler during an attack.  You should always seek emergency medical assistance if:

If you know someone who has severe allergies that affects their breathing (Anaphylaxis) they may carry an auto injector pen with them. This is a shot of adrenaline which is designed to reduce their symptoms; however people with Anaphylaxis are at risk of needing CPR.

If you want to brush up on your CPR skills or find out more about anaphylaxis. Then feel free to contact us.

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