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Much ah-choo about nothing! Posted On 03 June 2021

Tips and techniques to abate the dreaded hay fever season

 

Perhaps your eyes, nose and even throat have already clued you in. Perhaps you’ve met up with a friend and thought to yourself that they looked upset or edged slowly away from their streaming nose fearing it to be symptom of covid-19. Spring has sprung into Summer and brought with it gorgeous sunshine and high pollen counts.

Hay fever can affect you mildly: a slight runny nose, a couple of extra sneezes when the grass has just been cut. But for some, there are days when it can be debilitating, causing a stop to plans they may have had.  So, what is it? Simply, an allergic response to allergens. This could be tree, grass or particular flower pollen. Many sufferers find that once irritated by the initial allergen, their response system is then hypersensitive to others which may not usually affect them such as pet fur, perfume or cigarette smoke.

The good news is that however unpleasant, the symptoms of hay fever are very rarely immediately dangerous and there are some ways you can try to abate them. Almost all supermarkets and chemists stock over-the-counter remedies from May onwards. Try a range of options to see which suits you. There are daily antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays and eye-drops, all of which lessen the effects the allergens may have on you.

The weather app ‘Poncho’ informs you daily of the pollen count in your area allowing you to adapt your plans if you need to. A couple of lifestyle changes have also been proven to help; wash your hair regularly as pollen sticks to it like glue; keep windows closed to prevent pollen from coming in; wearing sunglasses to cover your eyes when outdoors and cooking or seasoning food with turmeric, which has been found to suppress allergic reactions may all be beneficial.

Another technique many swear by is lining your nostrils and the edges of your eyes with Vaseline, causing pollen to stick there rather than entering your system.  A tastier technique is the addition of honey to your diet. If nothing else, honey may help soothe an itchy throat. Cooling your eyes with cucumber slices or a chilled eye mask will also feel soothing.

Help yourself enjoy the summertime, so that’s cucumber for your eyes, Vaseline for your nose and honey for your throat!

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