Hay fever

Hay Fever Advice

Do you suffer from hay fever? Well, spring and summer tis’ the season for it, and as the warmer months approach, you’ll need to think about how you are going to combat the symptoms.

 

Allergy UK’s Allergy Awareness week has recently taken place, so we thought we’d put together a few of our top tips for minimising the impact of hay fever this season.

 

How to Avoid Hay Fever

 

It is impossible to avoid hay fever completely, especially in summer. Pollen spores are air-borne and can travel miles on air currents. Nowhere is safe!

 

There are a few ways that you can minimise your exposure to pollen, though.

 

The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of Hay Fever is obviously to stay away from pollen altogether, but we realise that can be difficult during the summer, when all you want is to be outside! There are ways that you can avoid the worst of the outdoors though, as Professor George Crooks, Medical Director of Allergy UK shared:

“Avoiding cutting grass, walking in grassy areas, and camping may reduce exposure to grass pollens. When outside, wear sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes and change your clothes and take a shower when you come back inside.”

 

There are more simple measures, such as using allergen barrier balm around the nostrils, nasal rinses and saline solutions, but here is OUR list of some more thorough and tried and tested methods to minimise the impact of hay fever:

 

  1. Monitor pollen forecasts on a daily basis. When the count is particularly high, it pays to stay in doors. We know it’s hard to be inside on a sunny day, but unfortunately this is often when the pollen count is highest. Rain washes pollen from the air so counts are often lower on the cooler, wetter days.
  2. On days when the pollen count is particularly high, head for the coast rather than inland rural areas where exposure will be worst.
  3. Shower and change your clothes often on high pollen-count days. Pollen settles on your hair and clothes, so shower each time you return home after being out and about. Avoid drying clothes outside where they could be exposed to pollen.
  4. Keep all windows and doors shut. Pollen can drift into the house and settle on furniture and surfaces. Make your home a pollen-free haven!
  5. Wraparound sunglasses, hats with a peak and filtration face masks all help to keep pollen away from your nose, mouth and eyes.
  6. Don’t let pets get too close to your face. They carry pollen in their fur!

 

We understand that avoiding all of these things can be extremely frustrating, but if you take the right steps, you can reduce your exposure to pollen and enjoy being outside this spring all the more!

 

It’ll be worth it when you’re out in the sun, enjoying a barbecue with your friends or family without a sniffle or streaming eye in sight!

 

If you would like to know more about how to avoid the worst of hay fever this summer, visit NHS Choices or pay a visit to your local pharmacy. Remember, #thinkpharmacyfirst.