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!
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),
- Tiredness/ fatigue
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.
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.
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.
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.