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With the imminent arrival of summer, many across the country are eagerly anticipating spending time outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather. However, for those who suffer from hay fever, the season can bring a host of uncomfortable symptoms.
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis is a common allergic reaction, to daily airborne particles such as dust mites, pet dander, and more significantly in the warmer months, plant pollen.
The good news is that there are several effective strategies to manage hay fever and minimise its impact on your daily life.
Watch out for your triggers
Understanding your hay fever triggers is crucial for effective management. Pollen, a common culprit, can vary depending on the time of year and your location. Keep an eye on local pollen forecasts to identify when pollen levels are high and plan your activities accordingly.
If grass pollen is your trigger, try to avoid mowing the lawn or spending prolonged periods in grassy areas during peak pollen times. It may also be helpful to wear sunglasses and a hat to shield your eyes and face from pollen particles.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications can provide significant relief from hay fever symptoms. Antihistamines are commonly used to alleviate sneezing, itching, and runny nose.
Nasal corticosteroids help reduce inflammation in the nasal passages, relieving congestion and nasal symptoms. If your symptoms are severe or persistent, consult with a healthcare professional who can recommend the most suitable medications for your condition.
Keep your home and clothes clean
Pollen is a pretty sticky thing, literally. To minimise exposure to allergens try keeping your living space as clean as possible. Regularly vacuum your carpets and upholstery to remove dust mites and pollen that may have made their way indoors.
Consider using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, as it can effectively capture small particles. Wash your bedding and curtains frequently in hot water to eliminate any allergens that may have settled on them. It’s also advisable to dry your clothes indoors during hay fever season to prevent pollen from clinging to them.
Manage your stress
Stress can exacerbate hay fever symptoms, so managing your stress levels can be beneficial. Engage in activities that help you relax and unwind, such as practising meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and maintaining a healthy diet can also contribute to overall well-being and improve your body’s ability to cope with allergies.
Taking a nice warm bath can also be a great option and will have the added benefit of washing all that pollen off you!
Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining overall health and can help manage hay fever symptoms. Drinking plenty of water can help thin nasal secretions, making them easier to expel and relieving nasal congestion.
Hydrating your body supports the immune system and enhances its ability to fight off allergens. Avoid excessive consumption of coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks too, as they can contribute to dehydration.
Don’t let hayfever symptoms put a downer on your summer. Hayfever can be uncomfortable and can often restrict your ability to do day-to-day activities, however, this doesn’t have to be the case.
With the proper remedies and household habits, you can enjoy the warmer weather symptom-free!