The approach of spring and summer is not a joyous occasion for all individuals. With warmer weather comes unpleasant hay fever symptoms that affect millions each year. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states nearly eight percent of the United States population suffers from hay fever. You can either have seasonal or perennial hay fever. If you suffer from seasonal hay fever, you will experience potentially miserable symptoms in the spring, summer, and early fall. If you are unfortunate enough to have perennial hay fever, you will have symptoms all year. You can experience worse symptoms some years over others when pollen counts increase. It is also possible for symptoms will vary based on where you live and the places you visit. Get to know the effective ways to treat cases of hay fever now.
Gargle With Salt Water
One of the side effects of hay fever is a scratchy, itchy throat, which can be incredibly irritating to yourself and others in your vicinity as you constantly try to clear your throat. Fortunately, gargling with salt water can be quite beneficial for this, though it is important to note a salt water gargle could potentially irritate your throat temporarily. However, the benefits far outweigh the momentary uncomfortable reaction. Salt water gargling will help reduce inflammation and prevent infection, and will also help reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth and the possibility of respiratory infections. As a bonus, you will clear your nasal passages. Make sure the water is warm enough to dissolve the salt, but not so hot that you risk burning your throat.