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Hay Fever in October?

(26 Posts)
Teetime Tue 20-Oct-20 10:16:59

I have recently been assailed with dreadful days of continuous sneezing, wheezing and dribbling nose and eyes. Loratidine not working. I used to be like this in my 20s and 30s but then it went away. I wasnt expecting it in my 60s. Had a phone call from a sympathetic GP today who has prescribed something I have never heard of. I dont have any pets and haven't been gardening/farming. anyone else suffering from seasonal rhinitis and what helps you please?

Lucca Tue 20-Oct-20 10:21:04

I’ve had it over the last week or so, not bad enough to medicate but very sneezy and tight chest ( I mean tight feeling inside not nice perky boobs). A medic friend says it’s possibly down to heating going on and releasing dust from radiators etc.

Granny23 Tue 20-Oct-20 10:30:34

I have been like that for the past few weeks. I'm blaming the 8 huge bouquets I received after DH's death. Some of them included the big white Lilies with the bright yellow pollen, which always sets me off. I am sad to dump them because they were/are a great comfort but needs must.

Teetime Tue 20-Oct-20 10:39:01

I'm so sorry Granny23 flowers.

I dont think its the dust Lucca I have had the heating on since the beginning of Sept - I am a cold fish. I always have flowers in the house so not that either. Whatever it is I hope the new prescription works.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 20-Oct-20 10:56:35

My son always got very wheezy and slightly asthmatic when he returned to school in September. It lasted for a few weeks. I could never work out what it was that caused it.

BlueSky Tue 20-Oct-20 11:06:24

My DH first had hay fever in his 50’s, it’s now almost all the time, though it does get better. All this despite being on prescription antihistamines. Apparently he’s sensitive to pollen, trees, grasses, dust, (hopefully not pets as we want a dog) so unfortunately it’s all year round.

Sparklefizz Tue 20-Oct-20 11:10:39

I have a problem when the gas central heating goes on, not from dust but from the drying out of the atmosphere which dries out my nasal passages and throat.

But also in the autumn there is a great deal of leaf mould, vegetation decay and aspergillus, so if you've been going for country walks, you are likely to have breathed this in.

Sparklefizz Tue 20-Oct-20 11:11:23

PS. Or doing some gardening.

Grandmafrench Tue 20-Oct-20 11:16:57

Rhinitis, maybe, as a result of damp, moulds, fungus, changes in the air ? Sincere condolences 💐 Granny23

Callistemon Tue 20-Oct-20 11:27:15

Granny23 I didn't know about your loss, I send my condolences flowers

Lily pollen can cause allergy but there is definitely something around at the moment causing sneezes.
There is a lot of fungus around, we've had quite a lot appearing on the lawn.

Greenfinch Tue 20-Oct-20 11:32:22

My 13year old DGD was sniffing yesterday and said she had itchy eyes. This has only happened in the Spring before so I have been wondering about it.

25Avalon Tue 20-Oct-20 11:34:55

Have you been doing any knitting or crochet? I find certain yarns set me off. I can no longer knit with or wear mohair.

GagaJo Tue 20-Oct-20 11:36:16

I have to sleep with the window open. It doesn't always help, but overall, cold, fresh air at night stops me from getting too clogged up.

If I'm bad, I take an antihistamine before bed. And if in the middle of a bad patch, an antihistamine AND decongestants before lying down.

There are times though when nothing helps.

Rosalyn69 Tue 20-Oct-20 11:43:10

I was so pleased to read these comments. I thought I was the only one who felt like this. At times I feel stifled and cough and sneeze and sore throat.
My husband thinks I’m a hypochondriac and I know I’m not imaging these symptoms.
My doctor prescribed antibiotics!
Thank you everyone.

EllanVannin Tue 20-Oct-20 11:49:11

Granny23 x.

I still have catarrh from the remnants of 'flu at the beginning of the year. It's the sinus's that are a nuisance. Can't have medication/ antibiotic because it interferes with the warfarin so I have to get on with it. I can sniff the Olbas oil now and again to clear the passages. I could do with a good blowout grin

Hetty58 Tue 20-Oct-20 11:58:34

I can't have cut flowers in the house as I know they set me off. This time of the year, it's mould spores and weed pollen that drift about on the breeze.

Unless your house is sealed and air tight (and you never open doors/windows) these drift indoors too.

Vicks salt vapospray and haymax nose cream help. Even vasoline in the nostrils traps particles.

It's vital to rinse your face regularly and use a clean pillowslip as the tiny irritants settle everywhere.

Hetty58 Tue 20-Oct-20 12:02:59

Granny23, when my husband died, all the flowers/vases etc. had to go outside on the garden table as I'm very allergic. It seemed as if everyone forgot!

They did look odd out there but we could see them through the window.

Hetty58 Tue 20-Oct-20 12:21:59

Right now (in the UK) it's nettle and mugwort pollen that's still causing problems. I'm so tired of the early morning sneezing fits!

annodomini Tue 20-Oct-20 13:28:36

When the ENT consultant did an allergy test that revealed I'm most affected by tree pollens, especially birch, he prescribed Dymista nasal spray and it has made a huge difference to me in the past year. However, I've been wheezy this autumn and I think there are moulds in the atmosphere that aggravate my very mild asthma which I'd managed to ignore for the past year or so. I'm now back on the puffer.

Peepalltheway Tue 20-Oct-20 19:25:25

I used to get my worse allergy symptoms late September/early October. I always believed I suffered from hayfever but allergy tests showed a very high allergy for dustmites. I was very surprised.

The nurse explained that it the worse time of the year as dust grows most in the leaves in the soil and the humid mornings.

seacliff Tue 20-Oct-20 19:33:07

YES me too. I haven't had hay fever for years, and suddenly over the last 2 weeks I have had exact same symptoms as OP.

I thought I had suddenly got allergic to my 6 cats, they are not in my room at night. I did check COVID symptoms but not at all what I have.

This morning I woke in such a state. Streaming nose and blew my nose many times. My nose itches inside, and I have big sneezing fits.

I have tried Sudofed nasal spray and that seems to calm things down. Very strange.

Scribbles Tue 20-Oct-20 20:27:17

I get those symptoms most years in autumn and this year seems particularly bad. I've always put it down to leaf moulds but a friend and fellow sufferer suggests sensitivity to fungal spores - which makes sense as the fungi seem to be having a spectacular time this year.

M0nica Tue 20-Oct-20 20:45:31

According to our practice's Nurse-practioner (rhinitis does not justify a doctors appointment!!). It is chronic rhinitis, which is not uncommon in older people. The NHS site has useful information

I have been treating mine with a daily salt wash and a spray product from the chemist, on bad days.

Jaxjacky Tue 20-Oct-20 20:54:23

Lots of people on local fb page been reporting hay fever symptoms that are not normally experienced at this time of year.

Elegran Tue 20-Oct-20 20:56:02

Granny23 Rather than chuck out the beautiful lilies, you could have cut out the stamens with their pollen. Stops them staining whatever the pollen falls on, too. You might need to wear a mask while cutting, of course.