It's that dreaded time of year again...

Warmer days, longer nights, drinks in the park…oh and sneezing fits, sore eyes and a runny nose. BLAH. Celebrate Allergy Awareness week and say goodbye to heavy hay fever symptoms!

ACHOO!

1 in 5 of us will be affected by hay fever- the allergic condition caused by plant pollen- at some point in our lives*.

 Do YOU suffer from hay fever?

Common symptoms include…

  • Frequent sneezing,
  • Runny/ blocked nose,
  • Itchy, red, sore eyes,
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears,
  • Cough caused by mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose,

…but there are also more severe symptoms…

  • The loss of sense of smell,
  • Facial pain (caused by blocked sinuses),
  • Headaches,
  • Earache,
  • Tiredness/ fatigue

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Shrink the symptoms

Sarah Farrant, Optometrist and Dry Eye Specialist, recommends the following:

Wash hair at night: Pollen can transfer from your hair onto your pillow, causing irritation in the night and leaving you feeling groggy on waking.

Filter fur: Pollen can become trapped in your pet’s fur. Try an HPEA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to trap allergens before they can irritate your eyes.

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Shoes OFF: Wipe shoes on a mat and keep them out of sight! They could be bringing pollutants, allergens, and toxins into your home.

Clock watching: Avoid outside activity between 8-10am and 5-7pm when the pollen count is highest.

Open up: Heavy curtains attract dust and mites; keep bedroom windows open at night.

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Deal with it…

Has a bout of hay fever caught you by surprise? Follow Sarah’s fix-it-quick tips…

Drink water: The better hydrated you are, the more moist the mucous membranes of your nose are, increasing their chances of getting rid of allergens more easily.

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TRY…

Hycosan Fresh Eye Drops, £8.99, Boots

Superdrug Hayfever and Allergy Relief Tablets, £3.49

 

Keep calm: De-stressing your body can ease hay fever reactions. Take a deep breath, and try to relax.

Shady lady: Allergic, irritated eyes are more sensitive to sunlight so stylish sunnies can help ease discomfort. Try wraparound sunglasses.

*NHS UK