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SPRING IS HERE!
STAY AHEAD OF HAY FEVER
By Lucy Luo, Beijing United Family Hospital
or many, spring is a time of joy and rejuvenation.
For a significant portion of the population,
however, it’s a time of misery, itchiness, and
discomfort. This spring, learn how to be proactive
about your hay fever and ease your springtime suffering.
Dr. Lucy Gao, Section Chief of Beijing United Family
Hospital’s (BJU’s) Department of Family Medicine,
How does hay fever differ from other respiratory
Symptoms of hay fever can include:
●Stuffy nose, runny nose, or sneezing a lot;
●Itchy or red eyes; and
●Sore throat or itching of the throat or ears.
Some of these symptoms, such as stuffy nose, runny
nose, or sneezing, are very similar to those of the
common cold. But itchy or red eyes and itching of
the throat or ears are typical symptoms for hay fever.
Patients with hay fever usually do not cough, unless
they develop hyperactivity of the bronchi or asthma
due to allergy.
Are there any pre-emptive measures I can take before
hay fever season arrives?
Yes. Some people can prevent symptoms by starting
their medicine a week or two before hay fever season
Is there anything hay fever sufferers can do on a day-
to-day basis to relieve symptoms?
What substances are there in the Beijing air that can
cause hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic inflammation of the nasal
airways caused by grass pollens. Hay fever can also
be called seasonal allergies. Symptoms occur only at
certain times of the year. Most seasonal allergies are
●Pollens from trees, grasses, or weeds (figure 1); or
●Mold spores, which grow when the weather is humid,
wet, or damp.
In Beijing, many people get hay fever in the springtime,
when pollens from many trees and grasses spread in
the air. In autumn, there are other different trees and
grasses that produce different pollens, which can also
bring an onset of hay fever.
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You can help prevent symptoms by avoiding the things
you are allergic to. For example, people who are
allergic to pollen can:
●Stay inside during the times of the year when they
●Keep their car and house windows closed and use air
●Take a shower before bed to rinse pollen off their hair
●Wear a dust mask if they need to be outside; and
●Use a vacuum with a special HEPA filter to keep indoor
air as clean as possible.
What are some over-the-counter (OTC) medications I
can use for my hay fever?
People with hay fever might use one or more of the
following OTC medications to help reduce their
●Nose rinses – Rinsing out the nose with salt water
cleans the inside of the nose and gets rid of pollen in