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Hayfever flare ups while filling haynets!

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by JessieJerry, Jan 20, 2019.


  1. JessieJerry

    JessieJerry PetForums Newbie

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    I part loan a horse and we have recently switched from haylage to hay. Unfortunately, I am really struggling with what I assume is hayfever. I take one hayfever tablet in the morning, a second and third tablet a short while before and after I start filling haynets *and* I wear a dust mask and gloves, but it makes very little difference. My lips itch and swell, my eyes become red, puffy, itchy and start to water, I sneeze incessantly, and my neck ends up with a rash. It starts a horrible barking and spluttery cough that lasts for hours and my breathing consists of continuous squeaking and crackling noises, although I can breathe totally fine. Does anybody have any tips on how to handle the hay without ending up a complete mess?
     
  2. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    Hay has the same effect on me.

    You can buy masks which cover your mouth and nose from your Pharmacist.
     
  3. JessieJerry

    JessieJerry PetForums Newbie

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    Are they the same sort of thing as what you get in B&Q/Screwfix etc? I've tried several varieties and none have been particularly effective, although I haven't tried any pharmaceutical brands yet.
     
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    @JessieJerry: A friend of mine used to soak the hay for this reason. . . but this is a hassle and more time-consuming, clearly. Out of interest, why did you switch from haylage?
    I also know someone who feeds their mare soaked hay as the horse has COPD. By ''soaked'' I don't necessarily mean left for hours but a couple of slices under the tap for a short while; it's amazing how much muck comes out of it.
     
    #4 Calvine, Feb 4, 2019
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