Is Your Night Time Allergy Really Hay Fever?

Hay Fever Worse In the Evening? Your Night Time Allergy Might Be Something Else

Sick of sneezing? Suffering with dry, itchy eyes? Hampered by hay fever at night? Whether you’re at work or lying in bed trying to sleep, allergies can make everyday life just a little more difficult. But is your hay fever worse in the evening? If you suffer mostly at night, it could be something else.

Are your Night Time Allergies Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is a condition where the inside of the nose becomes irritated and swollen due to an allergic reaction. There are two main types of allergic rhinitis – seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, and perennial allergic rhinitis – usually just referred to as “allergic rhinitis”.
The key to a better night’s sleep? Identify which type of allergic rhinitis you’re suffering from, so that you can begin managing the symptoms more effectively.

What is hay fever?
Find yourself sneezing when you simply walk near a patch of grass? Hay fever is a common allergy, triggered by pollen from grass, trees, plants and weeds. It tends to flare up in early spring and the summer months, and is caused when the body makes allergic antibodies to allergens such as pollen. It’s also known as seasonal rhinitis.
Symptoms of hay fever
Signs that you may have hay fever include:
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dry, itchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Blocked nose or sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
Are your symptoms worse in the evening? If so, hay fever might not actually be the cause. Night time allergies can be a sign of perennial allergic rhinitis.

What is allergic rhinitis? Allergic rhinitis is a common condition, affecting around between 10% and 30% of adults in the US. The symptoms are very similar to those of hay fever, which is why it’s easy to get the two confused. Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen.
While it can happen at any time of day, allergic rhinitis is mainly triggered by indoor allergens such as dust mite allergens and mould spores contained within curtains, carpets, bedding and mattresses. This is why symptoms can often be worse at night. For example, sneezing at night time is a sign that you could have a dust mite allergy, caused by dust mite allergens in your bedding and soft furnishings.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis at night
Signs that you may have allergic rhinitis include:
  • Sneezing
  • Itchiness of the nose
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Wheezing or tightened chest at night
Are your allergy symptoms worse at night? If they don’t appear to be going away after the pollen count has dropped, you may be suffering from perennial (year round) allergic rhinitis.

What’s causing your night time allergies?

With the symptoms of hay fever and symptoms of allergic rhinitis being so similar, it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference. Just remember, if your hay fever is worse in the evening, it could be due to a different type of allergic reaction. If you’re concerned or need more information about your night time allergy, speak with your doctor about your symptoms – they should be able to help you determine the cause.

How to stop allergies at nightManaging the symptoms of allergic rhinitis

The following tips may help you to better manage symptoms of rhinitisallergy flare up at night:
  • Control pet allergens by keeping animals out of the bedroom – Ever find yourself wondering ‘why do I sneeze more at night?’ It could be because of your beloved pets. Keeping your furry friends out of the bedroom creates an allergen-free zone for you to spend time in before bed, and reduces exposure to your allergy triggers.
  • Swap synthetic carpets for natural alternatives: 100% wool carpets or wooden floors are better, as they don’t provide the humid environment that dust mites need to thrive.
  • Cut down on cushions: Or replace synthetic inners with all-natural wool-filled alternatives. This provides the dust mites and mould spores with one less place to hide.
  • Choose hypoallergenic bedding for allergies – Wool-filled duvets, and pillows all create a cool, dry environment where dust mites and mold spores can’t survive. This means you can sleep on in comfort, confident that these allergens are being kept at bay. Better still, there’s no need to wash at a high heat or freeze to get rid of pesky dust mites. Your wool bedding manages this process naturally.

Seeking a great night’s sleep? Discover more tips to tackle night time allergies, night sweats and more with our Sleep Health and Advice hub. Sleep Health and Advice hub.


17 May 2019
More info would be awesome toddler of 3yrs mostly suffers at night
Woolroom's Customer Care Team Hi Terry, we offer a range of sleep, health and advice blogs in our bedding section on the website. This should help your toddler sleep better.
Kind regards,

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