Allergies can either be seasonal, during certain seasons of the year, or perennial that occurs throughout the year.1 Seasonal allergies come and go. 1,2 Pollen and grass (especially ragweed) is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies and are mostly released during summer and spring. Some other sources include sagebrush, pigweed, lamb’s [...]
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What is hay fever? Hay fever, also called acute allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure.1 Unlike a cold that is caused by a virus, hay fever is caused by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens, such as pollen, dust [...]
Remember that the most effective treatment for any allergy is simply to avoid the allergen – it is sometimes difficult to avoid the allergen completely however precautions can be put in place to alleviate some of the daily ‘pressures’.1 Your home is in your hands – some handy tips to [...]
Allergic diseases are increasing in both first world as well as lower and middle-income countries. A third of South Africans will suffer from some allergic disease during their life1. The most common allergies result in eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), urticaria (hives), food allergy and anaphylaxis1. Some allergies are seasonal, particularly widespread in [...]