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10 Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Hay Fever

10 Things To Remember If You Love Someone With Hay Fever

Does someone you love suffer from hay fever? This chronic condition might not be fatal but it can be a pain to live with! Here are 10 things to remember if you love someone with hay fever.

1. They Can be Embarrassed by a Flare-Up

Fits of uncontrolled sneezing or coughing – particularly if nasal drainage or itchy, watery or swollen eyes are involved, can be very embarrassing for the hay fever sufferer. This is especially true if it takes place in a public area like a restaurant or library or in general social situations.

2. They Can Suffer from Fatigue

Hay fever doesn’t just effect the respiratory system. People with hay fever can also suffer from fatigue, a feeling of chronic tiredness which can make everyday living activities difficult. If hay fever is well-controlled, however, this can help to ease this symptom.

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3. They Should Avoid Outdoor Activities Sometimes

No, people with hay fever should not stay indoors for the rest of their lives! However, there are times when they should avoid prolong outdoor activities. Certain times of the year (such as the spring) and certain times of the day (early morning) are more likely to lead to a higher exposure to pollen. Dry, windy days can also lead to a lot of pollen, dust and mold spores in the air, which can set off an allergic reaction.

4. They May Need to Limit Activities Around the House and Yard

If hay fever is severe, outdoor activities like mowing, raking leaves or general gardening and indoor activities like dusting or vacuuming can cause serious flare-ups. People with hay fever might need to limit or avoid these activities or wear a protective mask over their nose and mouth while doing them.

5. They May Need Extra Equipment at Home

Having extra equipment around the house such as a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, an air conditioner and dehumidifier and an efficient filter on your home heating system can keep the air cleaner and make flare-ups less likely. Hypoallergenic covers for pillows and mattresses and wood, tile or linoleum flooring that can be easily cleaned and can also make the house more friendly to those with hay fever.

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6. They May Need Long-Term Therapy

Treating hay fever can often be a long-term deal. Those who suffer from it will often need to take daily antihistamines like Claritin or a nasal spray like Flonase which reduces inflammation. Many will also opt for immunotherapy (allergy shots) to help them build up their immune system and reduce the severity of attacks. Either way, they are in it for the long haul!

7. They Can Have a Reduced Sense of Taste and Smell

Chronic inflammation and congestion of the nasal passages can greatly reduce someone’s sense of smell – and sometimes even their sense of taste! So don’t be offended if your loved one comes home from work and doesn’t comment on the smell of the pot roast you’ve got going! And if they complain that something tastes “off”, remember that this can often be the result of their condition.

8. They are Not Contagious!

While hay fever may mimic some of the signs of a cold or the flu – such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or sinus pain – it is important to remember that people with hay fever are NOT contagious! Their symptoms are caused by weaknesses in their immune system, not by an infection by a bacteria or virus.

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9. They Are More Vulnerable to Other Diseases, But…

People with hay fever can sometimes be more likely to get other conditions as well, including sinusitis (sinus infections), asthma (hay fever is a common cause of asthma flare-ups), and eczema (which can lead to dry, red, itchy skin). This is because all of these conditions are related to the body’s immune system and how it reacts to irritants and allergens.

10. They Are Not Sickly

It is important to remember, however, that people who have hay fever are often otherwise healthy and can lead full and active lives, especially if that hay fever is well-controlled. They are not sickly and enjoy the same activities as everybody else!

Remembering these ten things about people with hay fever can make life easier for everyone in the family to live with!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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