It is that time of year again, when the weather’s gorgeous and there should be nothing more joyous than lying in the grass, eating strawberries and having fun, but for hayfever sufferers, a relaxing day in the sun becomes a tortuous experience, seen through teary eyes and interrupted by a perpetually streaming nose can easily ruin your summer. From the mildest of sniffles to symptoms so bad it can feel like you have the flu, around one in five people suffer from hayfever, and relief can be desperately needed – Hayfever is such a cruel ailment.
I have suffered from hayfever since my early teens, and have always dreaded early summer when the pollen is in full season – I even suffer on dull grey days when the pollen remains low in the atmosphere – on warmer blue sky days, the pollen rises in the morning and goes high into the atmosphere dropping down later on in the day where again, hayfever symptoms return with vengeance.
I don’t take much notice of the pollen count – my view is if you have an allergen to the pollen it is irrelevant whether the allergen is high or low, it is still an allergen which causes annoying unpleasant symptoms
Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy, whatever it might be.
Here are some practical tips- most of them are equally relevant for dust, pet and pollen allergies (hay fever).
- Apply our Nutri-Balm (preservative and fragrance free) – This natural, drug-free balm (can be applied to the nostrils and around the bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to trap dust and pet allergens and more than a third of pollen before it enters the body. Less allergen, less reaction.
And it comes in two handy sizes (full size 15ml and travel size balm stick)
- Cleanse your face morning and night to remove pollen particles and then apply the balm as above. Keep it with you at all times in case your eyes or nose get itchy during the day, applying the balm can help soothe and relieve the itchiness.
- If your eyes are particularly itchy apply a cool compress – (our 100% Organic Bamboo cloths will be perfect) will help soothe sore eyes.
- Shower and wash your hair at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles, dust and pet allergens from your hair and body.
- Tie your hair up and wear a hat when outside to prevent pollen particles being caught in your hair.
- Wash bedding regularly to remove allergens.
- Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove pollen, dust and pet allergen particles.
- Dry clothes indoors rather than on a clothes line to prevent pollen particles being blown onto the clothes by the outside wind.
- Wear wrap around sunglasses when outdoors to prevent pollen particles coming in contact with your eyes
- Stay hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and support your immune system
Visit the NHS website for lots of useful information on how to recognise hay fever, dust and pet allergies and how to cope with the symptoms.