Tag Archive | Immune system

Hayfever in January?

I am now 1 year into a 3 year immunology desensitisation  programme for the relief of the dreaded hayfever. I have suffered with hayfever all my life but controlled it with steroid injections and oral steroid medication. When my GP became reluctant to continue prescribing steroids due to their long-term side effects, we had to find an alternative, so immunology it is. Every few weeks I am injected with a controlled dose of slow-release pollen with the objective that my body learns to fight the enemy and gradually builds up immunity.

I have to say that having hayfever injections when there is 6″ of snow on the ground or when it is pouring with rain is a bit weird, but if it works I don’t care. I wouldn’t normally blog about this topic but recently I came across some fabulous photographs of my dreaded enemy, pollen, and they are just too spectacular not to share.

Daily Telegraph-Hay fever sufferers know your enemy photographs

Simply amazing!

If you suffer with hayfever and none of the over-the-counter or prescription medicines work, ask your GP if immunology is suitable and available for you. It may save you months of misery and enable you to join in the summer fun instead of sitting indoors with the windows and doors closed.

Desensitisation is also available for those with wasp and bee sting allergies.

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Are you a stress-head?

If you are beware. You could be damaging your health if you don’t take measures to reduce your stress levels now. Some stress is good for us. It is a natural reaction to events which causes us to go into fight or flight mode. Temporarily we become more alert and aware of what’s going on and it keeps us on our toes. But prolonged stress where you become overwhelmed and anxious can damage your health, your mood and your relationships. Long-term stress can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the ageing process. It is known that chronic stress can increase the risk of leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

So please, don’t stress any more. Seek help. Take control and regain the balance and quality of life you deserve.

I would like you to look at 3 areas in your life.

Your network- A network of strong personal relationships, friends, family and colleagues can help protect you from adverse symptoms of stress by supporting you. Make sure that you retain your social life. If your network is a bit thin on the ground, go out and find some new friends. Try volunteering, evening classes, pet-walking or invite a colleague for a coffee.

Emotional intelligence- is now thought to be as important as, if not more important than your IQ if you are to be successful and live a happy and rewarding life. So look after your mental health and improve key qualities such as resiliance, flexibility and ability to cope with change.

Relax!-whatever it takes, and everyone is different, make sure that you know how to relax. Time spent relaxing is time well spent and you are not being idle, you are investing in your long term health.

De-stress now before it’s too late.

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