Not everyone associates the arrival of warm weather with having fun in the sun. If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from hay fever, you probably associate the warmer seasons with symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes and a blocked nose.
Stay sneeze-free this season with these tips:
- Combining a steroid nasal spray or nose drops with anti-histamine tablets works best for most people. Start treatment early and use it regularly.
- Take allergy medicine when you travel, as hayfever seasons vary from country to country.
- Some hayfever sufferers develop Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), reacting to certain fruits and vegetables with an itchy mouth, scratchy throat and swollen tongue. Birch pollen allergy (where symptoms start in spring) is linked with allergies to apples, cherries, peaches, pears, tomatoes, carrots or celery.
- Steer clear of situations where pollen levels are high (such as freshly cut grass), make sure doors and windows are shut on high-pollen days, and close car windows and vents.
- Avoid pollution and tobacco smoke, which can irritate the nose and airways and make you more susceptible to allergens.
- Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Stay inside during high-pollen times – early morning and late afternoon and evening.
- Have a shower before bed to remove pollen from your hair and skin.
- Don’t hang washing outside, as pollen can get trapped in the fibres.
- Smear Vaseline around the base of each nostril as a barrier to pollen.