I love this time of year. Sunshine, longer days and little lambs. Woodland and hedges are bursting into life while flowers are opening everywhere. The Springtime energy is amazing.
Though, I’m well aware that for many people this time of year starts a season of misery – of running noses, itching, sore eyes and various other shades of hayfever. Joy is sucked out of many things when you have allergies.
Hayfever is an allergy to pollen – released as a fine dust by grasses, trees and other plants.
While I don’t suffer from hayfever, I’m not standing by thinking that isn’t my problem. Most sufferers develop allergies as children, there are increasing numbers of people developing hayfever and other allergies as they get older. There are many theories about why you might get an allergy later in life, from climate change to the introduction of new plants. It may be cause by a house move or stress.
Normally it would be fairly straightforward to conclude that an allergy was the cause of sniffing and itching, however, after the past year of health paranoia, things are different.
If we are busy watching our health for symptoms of Covid-19, it might be easy to lose sight of a different reason for runny noses, scratchy throats and sore eyes. You may have developed an allergy. If this is the case, you then know what you’re dealing with so can take action (such as avoiding the allergen) or seek treatment. It removes the frustrating detective work of figuring out what is causing the difficult symptoms.
Of course, pollen isn’t the only cause of troublesome symptoms. Some 44% of people in the UK are allergic to one thing or another, and these could be foodstuffs, animals, mites, mould or latex. That’s why a broad allergy test is an excellent idea, giving you a good basis to take charge of your own health.
The Klarify home allergy test will analyse almost 300 different allergens to see which ones are causing you the problems. Armed with a full and detailed report on your home blood test, you will be better placed to talk to your GP and take action. There is more information about allergens and the problems they cause on the Klarify test site.
Getting a handle on your miserable symptoms might mean that you will celebrate the start of Spring rather than dreading it.