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Simple & effective ways to conquer Hay fever

Updated on April 29, 2015
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Hay fever

What is it?

  • A seasonal allergy to pollen, there are many types of pollen that can cause allergies; the most common are grass, trees ad weeds.

Who is more likely to be affected?

  • Research shows 1 in 5 people people are affected, it also states that even when people haven't suffered in their youth can still show symptoms when they get older.
  • It is more common in males more than females.
  • Location, statistically, have shown to affect the number of people who suffer from pollen allergies.
  • A family history of allergies; particularly asthma and eczema.

Which seasons are you most likely to be affected?

  • Usually between January and October; however this does not include other forms of pollen.

What are the common symptoms?

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • itchy eyes

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Ways to help tackle hayfever

  1. Change your clothes:- When you come home, get out of your day clothes and stick them in the wash. Although the best thing to do with fresh washing is to hang them out to dry, avoid doing so especially if your garden has trees and grass as the pollen will stick to it.
  2. Wash your hair:- We all know over-washing your hair can leave it looking flat, greasy and untameable; why not use dry shampoo, in-between washes?
  3. Avoid Binge Drinking:- Not only will you dehydrate in the heat, but evidence shows alcohol can make hay fever symptoms worse or trigger a similar allergic reaction.
  4. Be aware of food triggers:- Some people have worsened symptoms from eating certain fruit and veg (the body commonly mistakes them for being allergens).
  5. Drink more water:- Keeping hydrated, rinsing your mouth and having a warm drink can help relieve any symptoms.
  6. Avoid rubbing or cleaning your eyes after your nose:- All you are doing is spreading it and can cause conjunctivitis
  7. Relax:-.Research suggests that hay fever can be made worse by stress.
  8. Carry make-up/baby wipes:- When you're out and about your clothes, hair, face etc can have numerous amount of pollen stick to them. You can give yourself a quick wipe on the go, to minimise pollen contact.
  9. Clear your passages:- This includes blowing your nose and cleaning your ears more often as these places trap a lot of pollen and cause irritation.
  10. Clean the house more and change your sheets more regularly:- For the simple reason of pollen and dust get everywhere and stick on to you, your belongings and your pets!

On the go?

Here are 6 things you could arm yourself with:

  1. Nasal spray - it will help with your runny nose and sneezes
  2. Wrap around sunglasses - helping to keep the pollen away from your eyes
  3. Antihistamine - will calm symptoms, but please be aware of some brands as they can cause drowsiness
  4. Waterproof mascara - it will come in handy if your eyes have been streaming
  5. Eye Drops - soothing irritation
  6. Pollen trap balm - it will trap any pollen at the base of your nostrils and prevent further irritation

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Natural Remedies

  1. Kiwi fruit :- Proven to have more Vitamin C than oranges and is an effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory
  2. Pineapple :- A rich source of bromelain, an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.
  3. Onion :-Packed with the flavanoid quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine.
  4. Liquorice and Nettles :- Nettle tea can help relieve inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and ease nasal congestion, sneezing and itching.
  5. Horseradish, Garlic and Ginger :- Easing nasal congesting, inflammation and has antibiotic properties to help prevent secondary repository infections.
  6. Avoid Dairy Products :-It increases the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate hay fever nasal congestion. Try alternatives such as rice, almond, quinoa and coconut milks.

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