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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Love the summer but dread the pollen count? There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly cut grass but not when you suffer from hay fever! Hay fever is the common term for seasonal allergies, basically causing inflammation inside the nose. Hay fever can also effect your eyes, skin and mouth. This extremely common condition can be hard to manage, so here are some helpful tips and tricks when it comes to controlling your hay fever.
· With advice from your medical professional, consider non-drowsy antihistamines which should give you relief from your symptoms. You may also wish to start in advance of the symptoms as a form of preventative maintenance.
· In addition to an antihistamine, you may use a steroid nasal spray to help keep your nose clear and reduce inflammation.
· Itchy eyes? Consider eye drops. Using them even when you’re not having any issues may even prevent your symptoms altogether! Ask your medical professional for more.
· There is also the option of homeopathic remedies which can be just as effective. If you have a sweet tooth, there’s some evidence that a spoonful of honey once a day can help, due to the pollen in the honey which can encourage the body to create an immunity. Studies have also shown that acupuncture can also help.
· It’s essential to build the right conditions! Remove carpeting in your house if you suffer from allergies, as it traps dust and allergens. Wooden, vinyl or tiled flooring are much easier to keep clean and dust-free.
· If you’ve been outside, wash your hair and change your clothes before you go to sleep, so your bed isn’t covered in the pollen you’ve picked up over the course of the day.
· Pollen counts are at their highest at dawn and dusk so, if you dry your washing outside, avoid those times of day to reduce the amount of pollen brought in with your laundry.