Hay fever question
Bit of an argument going on here so looking for some consensus.
All of us on the household get hayfever, my son is the worst. Now me, being dead butch and everything, don’t say much about it. I’ll point out that this isn’t the area of disagreement.
My wife, now she is the biggest complainer. Everything in the world is responsible for this affliction. She is no doubt going to be the first person to die of hayfever.
However, the argument now, is thus.
‘When the dog comes over, I instantly get really itchy eyes’
I debate this point. I’m happy to agree that some people are allergic to dogs, what I won’t accept is that the instant the dog is near (and not forgetting the dog lives in the house with us all the time), it’s hugely worse.
The reason for this debate is that if my wife wins (and obviously she will irrespective of any facts), then the dog will get locked away from us which she’ll absolutely hate. She’s very much a people animal.Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
I can suffer quite badly and am starting to think the affects are cumulative. So if you’re already suffering due to pollen, then something like dust can trigger a reaction when it otherwise wouldn’t.
So maybe when pollen is not around, the dog has no effect. But it tips the balance if they’re already irritated by pollen.
…or maybe I’m talking nonsense, quite tired!Posted 4 years agodan1980Member
It could be that if your dog is going outside, it’s getting covered in pollen, and when it comes over to greet you, the disturbance of his fur, and the jumping around etc. could be putting some of this pollen into the air.
When my moggy spends the day out massacring the local rat population and comes back in and tries to suffocate me, that can make my hayfever worse. If the lazy bag of fluff has spent the day inside, then him jumping on my head doesn’t make my symptoms worse.Posted 4 years agoDibbsMember
There was an interesting piece on hayfever on R4 the other day (Inside Health I think) basically it said use cheap generic antihistamine (Piriton etc. are just marketing) and keep taking the tablets. Taking a tablet because the hayfever is bad today is no good, you need to have taken the tablet yesterday.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
I’ve been suffering from hay fever for some years now, and I think it was triggered by my becoming allergic to cats, specifically a friends torty called Muffin, who moulted constantly, to almost Olympic standards. Just walking through their house from the front door to the back patio carrying a black fleece one evening and it was covered in white hairs!Posted 4 years ago
I used to leave with what seemed like a streaming cold, runny, blocked nose, incredibly itchy eyes, but I’d be fine the next day.
Took a while for the penny to drop… 😳
My excuse being I’d never suffered allergies around animals before, including cats, but nowadays I get it every year when the pollen comes out, so I’ve started taking Wilko’s generic allergy tabs, which are the same chemistry as Piriton.
14 tabs for around £1.30 or so, I think, and they really do seem to help, eyes itch slightly from time to time, but otherwise, I feel a lot better than I used to.peterfileMember
There was an interesting piece on hayfever on R4 the other day (Inside Health I think) basically it said use cheap generic antihistamine (Piriton etc. are just marketing) and keep taking the tablets. Taking a tablet because the hayfever is bad today is no good, you need to have taken the tablet yesterday.
When the cetirize patent expired and generics started appearing, my doctor told me to take it all year round, or at the very least start in March. Totally changed summer for me, I went from 2 decades of being a mess to actually enjoying summer.
It also means that I can miss a couple of days without my symptoms flaring, which is quite important for when I forget my tablets when wild camping!
I buy 6 months worth of cetirizine for about £5, which means it’s cheaper then the fuel I’d use to pick up a free prescription.Posted 4 years agopeterfileMember
peterfile where can you buy 6 months worth for a fiver,i’ll stock up for next year
It’s £1.18 for a months worth at the moment, pretty sure it’s cheaper before each summer though.
Postage is a few quid, but I tend to wait until I need some other stuff and buy it all together.
I’ve used Chemist Direct for years, they are the CRC of the toiletries world 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I was in agreement until you suggested I try and get the cat in the shower.
There’s always the last ten minutes of the tumble drier’s cycle, the cooling cycle where stuff just rolls around in the blown air. I find this good with outdoor-dried washing, it must help get rid of some of the pollen*, spiders etc.
Two or three goes at that, and the cat might learn to prefer the shower option.
*Seriously, for a moment, I do this with sheets and pillowcases particularly. Pollen is fine-grained and has a resin or waxy coating. You can see it stuck in quantity to car paint. It floats on puddles, forms a skin at the downwind end. It’s probably attracted to things because of static charges too.
Bond the dog and cat into the house earth?Posted 4 years agowildheartMember
I’m 2 weeks into an experiment of eating local honey to ease hayfever .The thinking is that locally produced honey is made from the pollen of local flowers etc and therefore,in such small quantities, encourages your immune system to step-up to the challenge.Seems like a fair argument.
More detail here
so far,so good for me.Posted 4 years ago
Two sorts of flowers, right, those pollinated by insects, those with pollen spread by the wind. Maybe there is some overlap. One system spreads pollen around much more than the other.
A book I’m reading suggests a medium-sized male ginkgo tree produces a trillion pollen grains.
Did you ever see a bee finding nectar from a grass flower, or hazel or yew or Scots Pine? Those are some of the pollens that set me off. They are wind-pollinated.Posted 4 years agoflowergirlMember
Wildheart, happens when you go away and encounter other flowers? Or go into a place with commercially grown flowers?Posted 4 years ago
Not taking the mickey, I used to be a florist (hence my username) but Hayfever made me leave my job 🙁 and the only way I can control my symptoms is with lots of drugs!!tomcanbefoundMember
Hayfever + nasty nose cold = NO FUN AT ALL!
Re OP: My mum was like that with cats, we always had them round the house and she was fine but if they got on her lap it would set her eyes going… I know maybe not what you want to hear but from what i can tell animal allergys can be triggered by extreme proximity sorry 🙁
FYI: Benadryl+ (the + bit is very important) are the bees knees of allergy tablets! They have pseudoephedrine in them, same decongestant as top tier flu medecine. Nothing else gets rid of the itchy nose/eyes like it.Posted 4 years agoflowergirlMember
Have to agree that Benadryl is the way foreword!Posted 4 years ago
Samuri, have to say that my cats will make me sneeze if they wake me up on a pollen heavy morning (jumping on my head, trying to crawl into bed, etc). But I think that’s because they’ve just come in from the rolling on the lawn, being under trees and the like. They don’t set my Hay fever off at any other time and I am mega sensitive!
Slowoldgit, I became more and more sensitive to things, tho it seems to be getting better these days. Can’t drink red wine cos it makes me sneeze and I became allergic to what I assumed was ‘industrial’ washing powder! Couldn’t sleep in hotel sheets as they bought me out in an horrendous rash 🙁
Really miss the red wine at times 😥
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