Can you have hay fever all year round?

Hay fever

Can you have hay fever all year round?

Many of us have made peace with our hay fever. In fact, up to 30% of adults and 40% of children have to live with it! Each year, we’re met with the same, familiar symptoms. Waking up to a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and thinking “well, here we go again”.

But, while we’ve come to expect hay fever – or allergic rhinitis – during late spring and summer, what if the symptoms persist through the colder months too? 

First of all, we’re sorry to say that it is possible to suffer from hay fever all year round. But let’s look at why.

Hay fever in autumn

Normally, autumn approaches and we all breathe a collective sigh of relief that hay fever has packed its bags for another year. That is until we wake up in mid-October sneezing with our eyes puffy.

There are two main reasons for hay fever to stick around through autumn. Firstly, it could be down to pollution. Pollution can prevent pollen from rising through the atmosphere. It traps it down on the ground with us. Meaning even when pollen season ends, some pollen sticks around.

And second, hay fever in autumn could simply be the result of a late pollen season. Really cold winters can delay pollination. So instead of a spring/summer hay fever season, we’re left with a summer/autumn one.

Hay fever in winter

Down to similar reasons as above, hay fever in winter is also possible. Mild winters have the power to speed up pollen season. As trees and bulbs develop quicker under these conditions, we can find ourselves suffering from hay fever much earlier than we’re used to.

And, like above, pollution can keep pollen around for longer than we’d like and mix with it to make its effects more powerful. So what little pollen might be around during the winter months can affect you a lot more.

It’s worth noting that allergic rhinitis can also be caused by dust or mould spores. Which, if you’re spending more time indoors – as you probably will be during the colder months – could explain your hay-fever-like symptoms!

And there you have it. Why hay fever might be an ongoing problem for you – even during the colder months! It might sound terrible, but there are always ways you can minimise your symptoms. Talk to your GP or an allergy specialist to find a solution that works for you.

If you want to find out more about your allergies, or would like to book an allergy test, get in touch with us on 02031 433 449.

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