It doesn’t matter whether allergy symptoms are mild or severe, seasonal or constant, they can make day-to-day life difficult.5 Here’s everything you need to know about allergies and keeping them in check.
What are allergies and allergens?
The technical term for nasal allergies is ‘allergic rhinitis’, but we’re all probably more familiar with the term ‘hayfever’. Hayfever is caused by specific environmental triggers called allergens. These often include:6
Grass or tree pollen
Depending on the allergen, your symptoms might occur seasonally or all year round.6
Hayfever mainly affects the eyes and nose, with symptoms often including:6
A runny nose
Itchy or watery eyes
An itchy nose
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and, if not managed properly, can also lead to:
An inability to concentrate
What is the difference between an allergy or a cold?
Hayfever or allergies share many of their symptoms with the common cold, which can cause some confusion – but there are some key differences.7
Bear in mind that allergy symptoms also tend to continue until they’re treated properly. So, where your average cold tends to last between 3 and 14 days, allergies can persist for weeks at a time and even entire seasons.7
Limiting contact with your trigger can be an effective way to minimise allergic reactions.9
Learn more about hayfever allergies and help minimise your symptoms with these helpful tips.