Home > Hayfever Issues > Hay Fever and Stroke Risk

Hay Fever and Stroke Risk

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 15 Jun 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
Hay Fever Stroke Risk Increased Study

As the number of hay fever sufferers continues to dramatically rise, the risk of stroke has similarly experienced a rapid increase. Researchers are keen to find out how both conditions are more likely to occur as well as investigating ways to successfully treat both conditions.

Recent Research for Hay Fever

A new study, however, has actually found a link between hay fever and stroke. The findings suggest that a person who suffers from hay fever has a significantly raised risk of suffering from a stroke at some point in his or her life. Not only that, but if that hay fever sufferer also uses antihistamines as the medication of choice to treat the pesky hay fever symptoms, this risk raises even higher in terms of suffering from a stroke.

Understanding Stroke

If you are unfamiliar with stroke, it's a good idea to understand how it occurs and the risk factors. In this way, hay fever sufferers can be particularly diligent about reducing stroke risk factors.

Stroke is a form of cardiovascular disease that impacts the arteries that lead to the brain as well as the arteries within the brain. If a blood vessel that carries oxygen and important nutrients to the brain is blocked or if it bursts, a stroke will result. When this occurs, a specific part of the brain will not be able to obtain the vital blood – along with oxygen and nutrients – that it needs to survive. In turn, this part of the brain begins to die.

A stroke can be caused by a clot, which then prevents adequate blood flow to the brain. It can also be caused by a blood vessel that ruptures, thus similarly preventing blood flow to the brain. Whatever the cause, a stroke keeps the blood from properly flowing to the brain, thereby depriving it of oxygen and nutrients.

An Increased Risk of Stroke for Hay Fever Sufferers

To find out about any link between hay fever and stroke, researchers observed middle-aged and elderly adults over a four and a half year time period. Within that time frame, 125 of the adults suffered from a stroke. For those who had a history of hay fever, 2.2 percent suffered from a stroke. However, for those who did not have a history of hay fever, only 1.25 percent suffered from a stroke.

Researchers did adjust the study to take into account the race, smoking status, sex, lifestyle habits and other health conditions of the participants. In this way, the results were more reliable and accurate. Researchers eventually concluded that a history of hay fever appears to raise a person's risk of stroke.

Preventative Care for Hay Fever

Researchers still aren't clear exactly how the association between hay fever and stroke occurs. There are a number of disjointed theories but nothing conclusive quite yet. However, given the seriousness of stroke and the enormous impact it has on a person's health as well as its life-threatening nature, the area is an important one to study.

Scientists ultimately hope that future research will investigate the link in more depth, which should ideally provide important clues for hay fever sufferers to improve their health and help prevent stroke.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Mr.Max
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I use natural nasal barriers and they have worked extremely well but I still feel I could do with another treatment. Is there anything you could recommend?
    10 June 2019
  • Cazhug
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I suffer from silent migraines and have only just made a possible connection to birch tree pollen. I’m worst from end Mar to end May with weekly…
    5 June 2019
  • sherryerhard
    Re: Hay Fever And Your Lungs
    I have had asthma my whole life but about 5 years ago my asthma got so bad and I was diagnosed with emphysema/COPD which was most…
    1 June 2019
  • Gayegaye
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I find the May makes me extremely Ill. Its flowers are so pungent they stink. It's a beautiful tree especially when it's in full blossom but there's no…
    23 May 2019
  • derek rooney
    Re: Hay Fever And Your Lungs
    I had COPD for 9 years. My first symptoms were dry cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. My first chest x-ray only showed…
    14 May 2019
  • Janet Linnekin
    Re: Hay Fever And Your Lungs
    I was introduced to RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om) and their successful COPD Herbal Formula protocol 10 months…
    30 April 2019
  • rathers
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I get extremely itchy eyes from mid January to April. No other symptoms . This has been going on for years and no one seems able to help
    14 February 2019
  • HayfeverExpert
    Re: Tree Pollen
    AngieB - Your Question:I’ve only just made the link between my symptoms and a possible pollen allergy. I’ve been having itchy skin since March with int
    3 July 2018
  • AngieB
    Re: Tree Pollen
    I’ve only just made the link between my symptoms and a possible pollen allergy. I’ve been having itchy skin since March with intermittent watery eyes,…
    30 June 2018
  • HayfeverExpert
    Re: Common Symptoms Of Hay Fever
    Liv - Your Question:I normally have Hayfever and I usually take Hayfever tablets and they don’t really work but recently I have…
    26 June 2018