Hay fever Tips
Summertime often fills the majority of the nation with joy and excitement. Going out in the sun, sharing a BBQ with some friends or even getting round to some much needed gardening are just some of the better sides to being in the great weather. However, for one in five people in the UK, summer spells the dreaded season of hay fever. Continuous sneezing fits, itchy eyes and throat and a stuffy, blocked nose are to name but a few of the nasty symptoms hay fever sufferers go through each year.
Luckily, we have compiled a list of some useful tips to help you fight back against hay fever. There are so many out there, but here are our favourite hay fever tips.
Be a cool dude or dudette
To help protect your eyes during the summer, wearing sunglasses will not only block out the blinding UV rays from the sun, but also help stop pollen from reaching your eyes. Wraparound styles are the most effective type to wear during the summer season.
Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail
Antihistamines are the most commonly used medicines to combat and prevent symptoms from allergies, particularly hay fever. We recommend taking them around two weeks before you really need them. By doing this, the effectiveness will be substantially increased compared to starting them from when the first symptoms appear. Antihistamines come in different forms including eye drops, nasal sprays, one-a-day tablets such as cetirizine and liquid oral solutions such as Allerief.
‘R-awww Honey, you shouldn’t have’
Local raw honey contains grains of pollen. If you have a teaspoon of honey every day, your body will gradually develop immunity to the pollen in your area over time. This isn’t one of our hay fever tips that has been scientifically proven, but it is supported by a large number of people swearing by the remedy, meaning we think it’s definitely worth a try.
Don’t let the bedbugs bite, Shower at night
Being out of the house, you will potentially have been exposed to a high amount of pollen. Showering before bed, will wash most of the pollen off (especially in the hair). This means it won’t get on your bed sheets, allowing for a better night’s sleep.
Offer your nostrils a chance at ‘Salve-ation’
Apply a small amount of Vaseline or nasal salve around the nostrils at the beginning of the day. This will help to trap pollen and stop it from going into the sinuses.
Give yourself a window of opportunity
It is always tempting to open your windows at night as you might feel uncomfortable from the heated summer evenings. However, it will be much more beneficial to keep them closed and get a better nights sleep. Keeping your windows shut will help to keep your home allergen free. Click here to see some more tips for sleeping when in the hot weather.
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside.
Pollen levels are always relatively low by the sea, so take a trip down out the coast. Have fun splashing in water, building sandcastles, eating ice creams and being hay fever symptom free.
Like we mentioned before, there are so many hay fever tips out there. Have a look here to see some more and let us know your favourites below.