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Hay Fever and Swine Flu Season
Hay fever is a very common condition in New Zealand. Hay fever is most common in the spring and summer months although for some hay fever can be a year round problem.
The best way to treat hayfever is to take an oral antihistamine. These are tablets that have an active ingredient that stops the body producing histamine when it comes into contact with a hayfever trigger. Histamine is a natural chemical in the body and causes us to get itchy eyes, itchy throats, runny noses, skin rashes and congestion. There are two types of antihistamines. The most common are the non-sedating type. These include Zyrtec, Telfast and Claratyne. Zyrtec, Telfast and Claratyne will not make you drowsy. You can also get sedating antihistamines. The most common are Polaramine and Phenergan. These are effective antihistamines and have the benefit of helping you sleep if your symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your sleeping.
If you do not want to take tablets for your hay fever then you can also use products like eye drops, nasal sprays and topical creams. Livistin is an example of a great topical anti-histamine that works fast, lasts a long time and you just use it by putting a few sprays in your nose or some drops in your eyes. Flixonase is another product that has protective effect for the runny nose symptoms of hayfever. You need to take Flixonase every day and it will dampen your body’s reaction to the nasal symptoms of hay fever.
Swine Flu is characterised by an illness with swift onset of fever, chills, aches and pains, sneezing and coughing and a general feeling of being very unwell. Swine Flu can have you in bed for weeks and there is very little treatment other than Tamiflu and then Panadol and Nurofen as needed for pain and fever. Remember to keep your fluid intake up for the duration of your illness. If you take Tamiflu within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms you can reduce the severity and length of your Influenza illness.
We recommend a yearly flu shot to assist you avoid the common influenza virus. You need to make an appointment with your doctor to get immunised. It may be free if you meet certain criteria.
We also recommend Buccaline Berna which has been proven to reduce the risk of bacterial complications secondary to Influenza. It will not prevent Swine Flu and it is not the same as getting a Flu shot from your doctor. There have been some studies that show that Buccaline Berna may reduce the chance of catching Influenza and reducing the severity of Influenza should you contract it. Buccaline Berna should be part of every families yearly health plan.
We also recommend Blis Biorestore as there is some evidence that this product may reduce the severity of Influenza by improving the bodies immune response to an Influenza infection.