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Hay Fever - also called rose fever or allergic rhinitis seasonally recurrent bouts of sneezing, nasal congestion, and tearing and itching of the eyes caused by allergy to the pollen of certain plants, chiefly those depending upon the wind for cross-fertilization, such as ragweed in North America and timothy grass in Great Britain. In allergic persons contact with pollen releases histamine from the tissues, which irritates the small blood vessels and mucus-secreting glands; symptoms may be aggravated by emotional factors. Antihistamine drugs may provide temporary relief, but the most effective long-range treatment is desensitization by injections of an extract of the causative pollen. Hay fever, like other allergic diseases, shows a familial tendency and may be associated with other allergic disorders, such as dermatitis or asthma; unless properly treated, about one-third of patients with hay fever develop asthma.







 Spring 2020 - Hayfever

Hay fever An allergy to pollen, and other pollutants, which lead to sneezing, a streaming nose, and inflamed eyes. Treatment involves taking antihistamines or, in severe cases, steroids.





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 2020 - Hayfever

2020 is well on its way but the world's 115 million Hayfever sufferers will not be full of the joys of Spring. Because of changing climate and more Global Warming, Spring / Summer 2020 is predicted be worse than ever. The Pollen Count and therefore the Hayfever Count is expected to surge by around 20%, so those blocked up or runny noses, sore eyes and throbbing headaches will be worse than ever. And as normal most affected will be teenagers and young people who are busy living their lives and studying for exams and need this condition like a hole in the Ozone Level.



  What is Hayfever? 

Hayfever is an allergic reaction, generally triggered by pollen. It is mostly at its most brutal between late May and June. Hayfever is more likely to occur in conjunction with other allergic conditions like asthma and eczema. Symptoms are worse in teenagers and young adults due to a higher sensitivity and this peaks between the ages of 20-30 then declines.



Due to the weather, the climate in your area, air quality and how much pollen Mother Nature will spit into the air, will determine how bad a sufferer will be. The tree pollen season is from February to late May, and the worst culprit is the Birch Tree, and other




Grass pollen season runs from May to September hitting the highest point in late summer. Mould spores, which also cause the condition are present in the air between May and October peaking in August and September.

All these plant want to do is reproduce, it is just that a by-product of flora-kind's sex-life is killing us.




 What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include sneezing, sore red swollen eyes, dark under eye circles, dripping nose, nasal tissue swelling, congestion, blocked sinuses and headaches, with general nausea.





Histamine, a natural body chemical produced during the allergic reaction, causes the consequential symptoms usually generating an inflammation. Mucus membranes are mostly effected and drugs called Anti-histamines act to block the actions of histamines on the body.

All related conditions like hayfever and asthma get worse every year. Resulting symptoms like wheezing, is also on the increase because increased pollen is getting to victim's chests. This is because the pollens are becoming increasingly effective, and increasing vastly in number.


 Preventing Hayfever

You can dab petroleum jelly around the base of each nostril to prevent pollen entering your nose. Or you can buy a tailor made cream called a pollen blocker, these creams can cut symptoms by 60%. The cream or jelly acts just the same way a dog's wet nose protects him from dry dust entering his body.



For serious case, treat outside like a war-zone and your home like a quarantine area. Try to reduce pollen in your home. Whilst it by far healthier to have a good blow through by having all your windows open, it might encorage a pollen build-up. Keep windows closed, especially in your bedroom. OR, leave windows open and spray the rooms with an atomizer to help dust settle. Keep your windows shut when the pollen count is high - first thing in the morning and between 5-7pm. Also close the windows at night. There is more pollen in the atmosphere at night and people tend to leave windows open because it is warm. You can get a mesh covering for the window so that the pollen cannot get through but you can still allow the air in.



Wash your hands regularly to avoid pollen build up, on your skin. Take shoes off before coming into the house and shower at night to get rid of pollen stuck to clothes or hair- wash your hair every night.

You could even change your clothes after being outside to remove trapped pollen. Dry them in the tumble dryer in hayfever season, not outdoors so that pollen cannot stick to them and build up on them.

Blow your nose regularly and take your antihistamine tablets. Clean your teeth well morning and night.

Eat a good diet, take regular exercise and do not smoke. Smoking inflames the mucus membranes anyway and will  make things worse. Take Vitamin C - this reduces the symptoms by up to 74% because it helps combat the levels of histamine in the body. Wear wrap around shades,  as large sunglasses blocks airborne pollen and when they are wraparound they stop pollen going from the eyes into the nose.

All this will boost your bodily protection and help build up your immune system so you can fight the pollen.


 Hayfever facts

More city dwellers suffer from hayfever than their country cousins. This is because the pollution stops pollen escaping into the atmosphere intensifying symptoms.

The pollen season varies from plant to plant. Tree pollen may start as early as February and run to late May. Grass pollen season is from May to September. The whole season begins in the south where it's warmer.




Bacteria  - Microscopic single-celled organisms found wherever life is possible. Generally 0.0001–0.005 mm long, they may be spherical (coccus), rodlike (bacillus), or spiral-shaped (spirillum) and often occur in chains or clusters of cells. True bacteria have a rigid cell wall, which may be surrounded by a slimy capsule, and they often have long whip-like flagella for locomotion and short hair-like pili used in a form of sexual reproduction. A few bacteria can use simple chemical substances, including carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to manufacture their own nutrients, but most require a source of carbon derived from living organisms (i.e. organic carbon) plus other nutrients for growth. Some bacteria can reproduce every 15 minutes, leading to rapid population growth.




The most important role of bacteria is in decomposing dead plant and animal tissues and releasing their constituents to the soil (see carbon cycle). Nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil or sea convert atmospheric nitrogen gas to nitrites and nitrates, which can then be used by plants (see nitrogen cycle). Cheese making and fermentation reactions depend on bacteria. Bacteria also play an important part in animal digestion, especially in ruminants. However, certain (pathogenic) species may cause disease while others, such as Salmonella, can cause food poisoning.

How Does Your Body Fight Infection?

Immunity   -  The resistance of the body to infection, especially resistance due to antibodies. Babies have passive immunity from antibodies transferred from the mother’s blood through the placenta. Active immunity involves the formation of antibodies after exposure to an antigen - bacteria that invade the body during an infection are antigens. The two different kinds of immune response produced by antibodies involve: white blood cells called T-lymphocytes - produced by the thymus, which produce cells with antibody properties bound to their surface and are responsible for such reactions as graft rejection; B-lymphocytes, which produce cells that release free antibody into the blood.

Leucocyte - lymphocytes - or white blood cell. A colorless cell found in large numbers in the blood. There are several kinds, all involved in the body’s defense mechanisms. Granulocytes and monocytes destroy and feed on bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infection -  see also phagocyte. The lymphocytes are involved with the production of antibodies.

Phagocyte   -  A cell that engulfs and then digests particles from its surroundings: this process is called phagocytosis. In vertebrate animals, phagocytes are a type of white blood cell that protect the body by engulfing bacteria and other foreign particles.

Immunization is the production of immunity by an injection containing antibodies against specific diseases e.g. tetanus and diphtheria, which provides temporary passive immunity, or by vaccination, which produces the longer lasting active immunity.

Antibody   -  A protein produced by certain white blood cells  - lymphocytes that reacts with a particular foreign particle e.g. a bacterium,  that has entered the body. The antibody helps to destroy the foreign particle, known as the antigen. If the same bacteria invade the body in future, many more of the same antibodies are produced, enabling the body to destroy the bacteria very rapidly and so resist infection. This provides the basis of  immunity. Antibodies are also responsible for the rejection of foreign tissue or organ transplants. See also monoclonal antibody.

Monoclonal antibody  -  A type of pure antibody that can be produced artificially in large quantities and used, for example, to distinguish the major blood groups. Mouse lymphocytes producing the required antibody are fused with mouse cancer cells; the resulting hybrid cells multiply rapidly and all produce the same type of antibody as their parent lymphocytes.






Allergy    -   An abnormal reaction by the body to certain substances, including pollen, dust, certain foods and drugs, fur, moulds, etc. Normally all foreign substances (antigens) entering the body are destroyed by antibodies. Allergic people, however, become hypersensitive to certain antigens (called allergens), so that whenever they are encountered in future they stimulate not only the normal antibody reaction but also the abnormal symptoms of the allergy, such as sneezing and skin rashes. Allergic conditions include hay fever, some forms of asthma and dermatitis, and urticaria. Treatment includes the use of antihistamines and corticosteroids and desensitization.


Fungi    -   A group of orgasms usually regarded as plants and including mushrooms, mildews, moulds, yeasts, etc. All fungi lack chlorophyll and therefore cannot manufacture their own food through photosynthesis. Some feed on dead organic matter; others are parasites. The body of most fungi consists of a network of branching threadlike structures (hyphae), forming a mycelium. Sexual reproduction results in the formation of spores, which may be produced in a structure called a fruiting body: this is the visible part of mushrooms. Other fungi consist of single cells, which can reproduce asexually by simple division. Fungi are found worldwide. Some bring about decomposition of dead organic matter, like bacteria; others (e.g. Penicillium and Streptomyces) are a source of antibiotics. Many parasitic fungi cause diseases or destroy timber (see dry rot). Some fungi associate with algae to form lichens.


Fungi on humans are multi-celled, plant-like organisms that usually are not dangerous to a healthy person. Fungi cannot produce their own food from soil, water, and air, so instead, they get nutrition from plants, food, and animals in damp, warm environments, that is they feed off you as they would a rotting tree. 




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