Hay Fever and allergies commonly occur in spring but many people can suffer from symptoms all year round. Airborne allergens include pollens (from grasses, flowers or trees) and animal fur, pet dander or dust mites. When these allergens are inhaled they reach the moist tissues of the nose and produce chemicals (like histamine). These chemicals set off an inflammatory allergic reaction which may lead to symptoms such as:
- Congested nose – blocked or runny
- Itchy nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
Using a preservative-free, saline nasal spray or a sinus wash like Flo Saline Plus or Flo Sinus Care may help reduce the severity of hayfever and allergy symptoms* because they:
- Decrease the pollen or allergen load in the nose
- Dilute the chemicals that inflammation produces e.g. histamine
- May improve the effectiveness of common allergy treatments (prior to dosage) by clearing the nose of excess mucus.
If your nose is completely blocked due to allergies, ask your Greg’s Professional Healthcare pharmacist for advice on a preservative-free nasal decongestant, such as Flo Rapid Relief. If you already use allergy medications, ask your Greg’s Professional Healthcare pharmacist why washing your nose with a preservative-free saline is a good idea.
For children, try Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray or Flo Kids Saline Nasal Spray. These are preservative-free, isotonic saline solutions with a gentle micro-mist that can be sprayed at any angle for easy and quick dosing.
Use only as directed. Always read the label. Refer to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.
*Nasal irrigation as an adjunctive treatment in allergic rhinitis. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Hermelingmeier M, et al. American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy 2012. Vol 26, no. 5, pp110-125.