It’s almost upon us.. some will rejoice and some will recoil but Spring is nearly here! You may be thinking, how could anyone be upset about Spring when we’ve just had the wettest Winter on record? These people will of course be thinking about hayfever and how this is set to affect them for the next six months. For those that don’t suffer from hayfever you may not realise you can still be affected as hayfever can spread bacteria.
Hayfever is considered to be one of the most popular allergies in the UK, affecting one in five people every year. There are a number of different items you could be allergic to when suffering from hay fever; grass and flower pollen included. In fact, a huge 95% of hayfever allergies are caused by grass pollen – so there’s no hay involved at all!
Hay fever can occur at almost any time of the year, with the typical hay fever season lasting from March to October. Depending on the pollen you are allergic to, you may be unlucky enough to suffer throughout the year.
Symptoms of hayfever include sneezing, itchy eyes and stuffy noses. As we know, allergies aren’t ‘catching’ but the bacteria which comes from the symptoms can cause viruses. Every time a person sneezes they are contaminating the room they are sitting in. This means if you are carrying a cold virus, which you may not even know about, you could infect anyone else who comes into contact with your bacteria.
There are over six hundred different types of bacteria living in the human mouth. These are spread everytime a person sneezes, even if they manage to cover their mouth in time. Not all bacterias are troublesome, but there are some which may be considered to be harmful, this is particularly true when they mix with other bacteria which is where the problem lies.
There are other symptoms of hayfever which can carry bacteria. For example, watery eyes and runny noses are certain to carry bacteria. However hygienic the person is, bacteria will always escape and the only way to protect yourself is to clean every surface afterwards with antibacterial cleaner.
Do you suffer from hayfever yourself? What precautions do you take to protect yourself and those around you from bacteria? Are you concerned about how bacteria from hayfever season can affect you?