SPONSORED: Seasonal Allergies

While this time of the year usually brings sunny weather and the growth of beautiful plants, many people will be preparing once again to ?ght a problem that recurs every year.

Itchy eyes, repetitive sneezing, constant runny nose become signals for those affected by seasonal allergies, also referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis.

These are the common symptoms that seem to develop for weeks and months on end at the same time each year.1

Fortunately, despite how annoying and disruptive seasonal allergies can be, there’s steps that can be taken to lessen their impact. Like the use of an over-the-counter medications such as Allergex Non-drowsy syrup and tablets which relieves symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis.1, 3, 5 

Allergic rhinitis occurs when your immune system overreacts to an outdoor allergen such as pollen. An allergen is something that triggers an allergic reaction.

The most common allergens are pollen from wind-pollenated plants like trees, grass and weeds.2 Even though seasonal allergies are less common during winter, it is possible to experience allergic rhinitis year round. Different plants emit their respective pollens at different times of year.

Depending on your allergen and where you live, you may experience allergic rhinitis in more than one season.2

Spring Allergies

Trees are responsible for most spring time seasonal allergies. Oak tree is one of the most common offenders in South Africa, where many people with allergic rhinitis  react to its pollen.

Other allergic trees during this time include Plane trees, which have a short pollen release season of six weeks starting from the end of August. 2, 4

Summer Allergies

The real culprits of summer seasonal allergies are grasses, such as ryegrass, bunny tail grass, thatching grass and buffalo grass as well as certain weeds. During this time, grasses are the most common trigger for people with allergic rhinitis. 2, 4

Winter Allergies 

Most outdoor allergens remain inactive during winter. The cold weather thus brings relief to many people with allergic rhinitis. However it also means that more people are spending time indoors.

If you’re prone to seasonal allergies, you may also react to indoor allergens such as mould, pet dander, dust mites or cockroaches. Indoor allergens are often easier to remove from your environment than outdoor pollens. 2 

Diagnosing  and Treating Seasonal Allergies 

Allergic Rhinitis is usually easier to diagnose than other allergies. If you have allergic symptoms that only occur at certain times of the year, it’s a sign that you have seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Your doctor may also check your ears, eyes, nose, and throat to make a diagnosis. They will likely encourage you to take steps to avoid your allergy triggers. They may also recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Always make sure to have Allergex Non-drowsy to help you get the relief from all symptoms related to allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.

For more info on seasonal allergies and about Allergex Non-drowsy, visit liveallergyfree.co.za. Live, Work, Play allergy free with Allergex Non-drowsy.

References

1. McIntosh. J. Seasonal allergies, tips and remedies.  Medical news today. 21 May 2015 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/294255#Minimizing-the-risk-indoors (accessed 22 August2020)

2. Kerr. M, Seasonal allergies, symptoms, causes and treatment. Healthline. 7 May 2018.https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/seasonal-allergies#diagnosis (accessed 22 August2020)

3. Adcock Ingram. Allergex® Non-Drowsy packaging insert approved 6February 2004. (accessed 22 August 2020)

4. Zakiya Ebrahim. Pollen Allergies, These are the common trees, grasses and plants to avoid in SA. Health24. 6 February 202 https://www.health24.com/Medical/Allergy/Health-tips/pollen-allergies-these-are-the-common-trees-grasses-and-plants-to-avoid-in-sa-20200206-2 (accessed 22 August 2020)

5. Allergex Non Drowsy Syrup PI, January 2003.

S1 Allergex® Non Drowsy Tablets. Each tablet contains loratadine 10 mg. Reg. No. 36/5.7.1/0286.

S1 Allergex® Non Drowsy Syrup. Each 5 ml contains loratadine 5 mg. Reg. No. 36/5.7.1/0008.

For full prescribing information, refer to the package insert approved by the medicines regulatory authority. Adcock Ingram Limited. Reg. No.1949/034385/06. Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, South Africa. Tel. +27 11 635 0000 www.adcock.com 202008241053400. 

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