I once heard a very funny comedian who made the point that sometimes in life you become “anti” everything. He said “We even take ‘anti’ pills, today I took ‘anti-histamine’ … I don’t even know what histamine is but I’m pretty sure I’m against it.”
I burst out laughing and then realised I also had no clue what “histamine” actually meant either.
If you're as clueless as me than you've landed on the right page. Here are five things you may not know about Hayfever & possibly histamine.
- Hayfever is not caused exclusively by hay and does not produce a fever.
- Histamine is not just a friend of hay-fever, it also helps with gastric cycles and sleep patterns.
- You can very often predict when you will get hay-fever depending on how high the pollen count is for that day.
- Hayfever tablets do not always work, if you are getting really bad Hayfever – it may be a good idea to consult a doctor.
Hayfever is generally caused by a high-pollen count day or seasonal allergies. You can prepare for this by checking the pollen count outdoors before you leave the house. We recommend sites such as pollenforecast.com.au that has pollen stations in major cities across Australia.
Also read: What are allergies?
If you want to avoid getting Hayfever in the future, you can try taking Vitamin C plus starting a healthier diet.
Ensuring the air you breathe is clean when at home and work is equally as important, so consider investing in an air purifier if you find yourself or family members exhibiting allergy symptoms at home. After all, there are a range of causes of indoor air pollution that you may not be aware of.