Summer has officially begun, which means sunnier days, brighter evenings and a lot more time spent outdoors. However, there’s one thing that gets in the way of enjoying the summer months for many of us - hay fever.
According to the Mayo Clinic, hay fever causes symptoms similar to a common cold. Runny noses, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, sinus pressure, fatigue and congestion to name but a few. But, unlike a cold, hay fever isn’t caused by a virus. Instead it’s brought on by a reaction to allergens found in the air. Tree, grass and ragweed pollen, dust mites, outdoor fungi, mould and dander from pets and other animals, can all cause our bodies to react with these cold-like symptoms.
Hay fever can not only make us feel miserable, but it can really affect the way we work and go about our day-to-day activities. Instead of putting up with hay fever, we can learn to avoid our personal triggers and to find the right treatment if our symptoms are bad. It’s not possible to completely avoid all hay fever allergens, but we can lessen the symptoms by reducing our exposure to them.
We’ve only just entered into the warmer months, which makes now, the perfect time to focus on finding your hay fever triggers.
Take a look below at our five practical tips to help cope with hay fever this summer:
1) Keep doors and windows closed during the night and early in the morning. Early morning pollen can be especially strong.
2) When hanging your washing outside, make sure to shake your laundry well before you bring indoors – pollen easily sticks to sheets & towels.
3) You should avoid cutting the grass, and, if your neighbour is cutting the grass, make sure to shut your windows and doors to avoid letting the grass pollen into your home. If you do have to carry out these activities yourself, try wearing a dust mask which will help you to avoid breathing as much pollen in.
4) Keep your pets out of the house as much as possible during hay fever season. But, if you have housepets, be sure to wash them regulary.
5) Try changing your clothes and taking a shower once you come inside. This will reduce the amount of pollen you bring into your home.
See your doctor if you can’t find relief from your hay fever symptoms or if they worsen.
For those of us suffering from hay fever, there is an app that might prove particulary useful Hay Fever Relief, available on iTunes and Google Play. It gives live pollen updates so you can stay one step ahead.
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