Pollen, allergies and hay fever in the Netherlands: how to survive it

Apart from the present coronavirus disaster, there’s one other subject looming on the horizon. Hay fever season!

Anybody can develop hay fever in a single day and it might probably come and go yearly. I by no means was once affected till simply earlier than I moved to the Netherlands after I was dwelling within the UK, after which it was solely gentle. Then throughout my first yr right here, it didn’t have an effect on me in any respect. Quick ahead to as we speak and I actually wish to die (it’s extraordinarily extreme).

Hay fever within the Netherlands

Dangerous information for many people: The hay fever season began early in the event you’re allergic to alder pollen. As a result of we had a heat winter, many alder are already blooming (cry). Try the pollen rely right here.

So whereas I’m cooped up inside, scorching and drained and never at work, I’ll let you know all you might want to know to outlive hay fever within the Netherlands and this dreadful season!

What’s hay fever?

When you’ve received it, you positively know what it’s. However do you actually know what’s truly inflicting it?

Allergic rhinitis, hay fever’s official identify, is a situation the place the physique’s immune system is delicate and overreacts to an allergen when it doesn’t actually need to. The identify hay fever is a bit deceptive although, as most individuals aren’t truly getting allergic reactions due to the hay (we simply appear to be allergic to freaking oxygen). There are two varieties of allergy you possibly can have: seasonal and perennial.

The excellent news is that most individuals are seasonal. It implies that allergy symptoms occur on a seasonal foundation – so all through spring and summer time from pollen. If you end up feeling crappy for for much longer, you then in all probability have a perennial allergy. Which means that you poor sods should put up with this all yr. It’s often brought on by mud mites, mould or pet hair. I’m allergic to pet hair 24/7, so really feel for me.

When’s hay fever season within the Netherlands?

You might have discovered that transferring to the Netherlands has uncovered an allergy you by no means knew you had. Welcome to the membership! That’s in all probability as a result of the Netherlands – being a flat, inexperienced land – has an array of bushes, flowers, and over 150 varieties of grass.

Anyway, hay fever season is just not restricted to 1 time within the yr – there are literally just a few completely different pollen seasons. Tree pollen often begins proper on the begin of March, by means of until the tip of Might. Then there’s a crossover between the 2, with grass season – which is why most of us are dying proper now as a result of the pollen rely is so ridiculously excessive.

Grass season stays into July after which mould spores occur as we come into Autumn. So for a few of us, hay fever season lasts the entire 3 months. There’s no approach to know the way dangerous it is going to be each month till it occurs.

What are the signs of hay fever?

Hay fever has many various signs and chances are you’ll not get all of them. Sadly, I get each single symptom.

  • Itchy, crimson and puffy eyes
  • A runny or blocked nostril
  • Steady sneezing
  • Itchy pores and skin
  • Lack of focus
  • Fatigue – lack of sleep
  • Drowsiness
  • Itchy and painful ears
  • Swollen and painful throat
  • Coughing
  • Traces of blood (sure actually!) within the ears, throat and nostril from steady signs

What’s the therapy of hay fever?

This query we’re all determined to reply, and it’s exhausting to take action as a result of everyone seems to be completely different. So put that tissue down and pay attention up, as considered one of these could give you the results you want!

Antihistamines, antihistamines, antihistamines! With out these, life can be much more insufferable. You should buy various kinds of antihistamines, a lot of which you should buy over-the-counter.

Likelihood is in the event you’ve received fairly hay fever, then a visit to the docs is so as since you’re going to wish one thing stronger. If it’s fairly gentle, then a standard one-a-day antihistamine will work its magic. When you’re like me, who takes one and actually nothing occurs, you then’re going to wish a pill you could take extra usually.

The darkish aspect of meds

The stronger the meds, the extra unwanted side effects. Most are so dangerous that you simply aren’t allowed to drive or function equipment (please learn the leaflet on all medicine!). In fact, it’s going to rid you of your hay fever, however each day I’ve to decide on between both:

a. having my entire face and eyes swollen and sneezing each two minutes, or

b. having barely any hay fever signs, however feeling utterly sedated.

Each make it exhausting to get on with day by day life and performing effectively at work (I’m even combating this text proper now)! So what else may also help you?

  • Get a great sleep (in the event you can) – strive going to mattress earlier, as a result of hay fever performs hell together with your sleep.
  • Shut the home windows (always) even when it begins to get scorching. When it does, put money into a fan and maintain these home windows shut so the pollen doesn’t are available in!
  • Chorus from going outdoors until completely essential throughout high-pollen days. I do know that is the worst, and virtually unattainable if you need to commute to work. However in the event you can work at home, do ask your boss, since you’re going to be no use to them within the workplace is all sedated and that.
  • Get some nasal sprays and eye drops – these will actually assist, however simply don’t use them too usually or they are going to have the alternative impact!
  • Get some smooth tissues and balm infused ones if you could find them. The most cost effective stuff simply gained’t reduce it, until you need your nostril to peel off. That’s 3 months of nose-wiping there.
  • Put vaseline below your nostril. It traps the pollen. It actually does work!
  • Spend money on an air air purifier. I’ve by no means tried one as of but, however apparently, it cleans the air of pollen particles. So cool!

How can I keep ready for hooikoorts (aka hay fever) within the Netherlands?

Do all the above, and don’t neglect to take your tablets earlier than the signs happen, that manner you’ve overwhelmed them to it. Then, after all, verify the pollen rely for the day. There are lots of websites for this, even some apps — Hooikoorts is nice in order for you it on the go. You simply have to be one step forward of your allergy always, or it’s going to hit you want a ton of bricks.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I hope now we have given you just a few useful recommendations on the way to survive this season. To this point we’re getting the worst of it, so it’s all up hill from right here. You can survive it, I promise!

Do you’ve gotten any recommendations on how to deal with hay fever within the Netherlands? Tell us within the feedback. 

Editor’s Observe: This text was initially printed in June 2019, and was absolutely up to date in  March 2021 in your studying pleasure.

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