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If you sneeze and cough during certain times of the year, you may have seasonal allergies.

Many people with Asthma suffer from Hay fever, whether seasonally or all year round. It’s not uncommon for uncontrolled hay fever to lead to an increase in asthma symptoms and as such, managing your hay fever is a key part of controlling your asthma.

Hay fever sufferers experience the well-known symptoms of a pollen allergy. A stuffed or runny nose is often accompanied by sneezing. Overproduction of mucus can lead to coughing, watering eyes and a postnasal drip. In some, the eyes, nose and throat can develop an itch, while others find dark circles appear beneath their eyes, due to an increased flow of blood near the sinuses. However, occasional allergies aren’t something you just have to live with.

Asthma, eczema and allergies are only getting more and more common with the climate changing and the temperature getting hotter, creating longer pollen seasons.

Early summer is the worst time for hay fever in Ireland, beginning in June although it may start in mid-May in warmer areas of the country. Grass pollen is the most prevalent allergen in Ireland, with herb pollen less common and there being little tree pollen.

As in other countries, the worst days in Ireland for hay fever sufferers are hot, sunny days with light winds and no rain. The heat and sunshine encourages plants to open their pollen sacs, the wind disperses the pollen and the lack of rain means that the pollen remains in the atmosphere longer. The ​pollen counts peak in the afternoon or evening so it is best to avoid being outside at these times if you are particularly sensitive.

According to the IPU, one-in-five Irish people suffer from an allergy to pollen, and 87% of those people report sleep deprivation as a result of the condition.

Here at Kilkenny Salt Therapy we can help you to prevent these health issues by clearing up mucus and opening airways for better and easier breathing. The salt therapy is also 100% natural and 100% safe for all ages with no side effects. The negatively charged ions in salt improves mood and health by increasing levels of serotonin. Salt therapy can help with these issues and much more by strengthening the immune system all together.

Salt Therapy, also known as Dry Salt Therapy or Halotherapy, is more than just a trendy spa service – it is a holistic approach to helping common ailments that plague many of us. It has shown to have proven results in relieving skin irritations, breathing problems and immunity deficiencies also.

 How Does It Work?

At Kilkenny Salt Therapy, we use high quality and pure medical grade salt in our cutting edge technology called Halogenerator. The salt is heated and crushed into small particles that can be easily inhaled. After making yourself comfortable in our salt room, you will begin to inhale these tiny particles as they are released into the air. The particles will act like a sponge as they enter your respiratory system, absorbing harmful toxins, allergens, mucus and moisture. This process will help reduce inflammation by cleansing and detoxifying your lungs, improving your breathing capacity.

Prescription drugs bring temporary relief but the symptoms may recur again—and again.

If you are suffering from allergies, you should strongly consider salt therapy. It will not only bring much needed relief but it also prevents frequent recurrences of your allergy symptoms.

Salt Therapy at Kilkenny Salt Therapy brings to you the natural microclimate found in the natural salt caves and mines in a controlled environment. The temperature, humidity and the sodium chloride flow is constantly monitored.  The walls and floor of this therapeutic Salt Rooms are coated with salt. Here you will just relax listening to soothing music and breathing naturally.

We all know that the most common allergen for Hay fever is pollen but moulds could contribute too. Moulds are a type of fungus that has no stems, roots, or leaves.  Mould spores float through the air like pollen until they find a hospitable environment to grow. Unlike pollen, however, moulds do not have a season. They are present throughout the year in most of the country.

Moulds grow both outdoors and indoors.

* Outdoors, they thrive in soil, vegetation, and rotting wood.
* Indoors, moulds (usually called mildew) live in places where air does not circulate freely, such as attics and basements, moist places such as bathrooms, and places where foods are stored, prepared, or discarded.

The amounts of pollen and moulds in the air are measured daily in many areas around Ireland.

What you can do to minimise your symptoms:

  • Keep an eye daily on pollen tracker apps,
  • Have an asthma/ hay fever management plan in place,
  • Take your medication to prevent/ reduce your symptoms, don’t wait until you feel unwell!
  • Keep windows shut in your bedroom at night,
  • Stay indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high,
  • Stay away from grassy areas, especially when grass is freshly cut,
  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen,
  • Minimise your contact with pets that have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen.

Pollen and Allergy Forecasts for Ireland

For information on the pollen count in Ireland, these are trusted sources:

  • Met Éireann Pollen Information: This site doesn’t update the data continuously all year, only in the high allergen seasons, but it is generally​ the most reliable source. The information comes from the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, the people who measure the pollen count where it matters. The site contains forecasts and current count for tree, grass, weed, and spore allergens.
  • Asthma Society of Ireland: This site provides a pollen tracker service from April to November (as well as some medical information) which is particularly geared towards those who suffer from asthma. They also divide the information by the four provinces, with a colour code for low, moderate, high, and very high pollen.  There is also a More Info button which can reveal items such as that the level of fungal spores is expected to rise.


*salt therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment and diagnosis of any health condition. Salt Therapy is not a cure.
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