Struggling with hay fever? Here’s what you can do to ease the symptoms

Brunette sneezing in paper napkin during early summer or spring. Allergenic pollen causing allergy problems during the blooming season.

Anyone who suffers knows how miserable hay fever is. But there are things you can do…

Ah, hay fever season. That time of year when itchy eyes, a runny nose, and constant sniffles become your unwelcome companions. If you’re feeling the effects of pollen, here are some steps you can take to ease hay fever symptoms and get back to enjoying the outdoors.

Soothing Techniques

While not a cure, certain techniques can provide some relief from hay fever discomfort:

Hay fever relief tablets: Using hay fever tablets or specific medication from The Independent Pharmacy can help you to relieve the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.

Cool compresses: Apply a cool compress to your eyes to reduce puffiness and irritation.

Saline nasal spray: Using a saline nasal spray can help moisten nasal passages and clear congestion.

Eye drops: Lubricating eye drops can soothe itchy and irritated eyes.

Minimise pollen exposure

Pollen is the culprit behind hay fever, so reducing your exposure is key. Here’s how:

Stay informed: Check the pollen forecast regularly. High pollen days might mean staying indoors with the windows shut, or venturing out for shorter periods. Consider taking hay fever medication in advance if you’re planning a day outdoors.

Time your outings: Pollen counts tend to be higher in the mornings and evenings. Plan outdoor activities for the middle of the day when pollen levels are generally lower.

Dress strategically: Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from pollen, and a hat to prevent it from landing in your hair. Consider changing your clothes and showering after spending time outside to remove any pollen clinging to you.

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Ease hay fever symptoms – watch out for pollen!

Manage your indoor environment

Pollen can sneak indoors, so creating a pollen-free haven is crucial:

Closing windows: Keep windows and doors shut during peak pollen times. Invest in fly screens for windows if you prefer fresh air without the pollen influx.

Embrace the power of filtration: Air purifiers with HEPA filters can trap pollen particles circulating indoors. Consider a pollen filter for your car’s air vents as well.

Dust and vacuum regularly: This will help remove any sneaky pollen that might have found its way inside. Use a damp cloth for dusting to trap pollen rather than stirring it up. Dusting and vacuuming can also help with reducing other triggers for allergy symptoms such as dust mites and pet hair.

Lifestyle tweaks for relief

Some simple lifestyle adjustments can make a big difference in managing hay fever symptoms:

Hydration is key: Drinking plenty of fluids can help thin mucus and ease congestion. Water is always the best choice, but herbal teas can be a soothing alternative.

Identify your triggers: Dust mites, pet dander, and even smoke can exacerbate hay fever symptoms. If you suspect these might be playing a role, take steps to minimise exposure.

Elevate your head at night: Sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help with drainage and ease congestion.

If your symptoms are severe or don’t improve with these methods, consult your doctor or pharmacist. They can advise on medication suitable for your specific needs.

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