Hay Fever & Allergies
Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores which affects the nose, sinuses throat and eyes causing a runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes.
Hay fever is more prevalent during the spring and summer months when there is more pollen in the air. However people with hay fever can experience their symptoms at various times during the year depending on which pollens or spores they are allergic to.
Avoiding the trigger substance is usually the best way to control most allergies however, it is very exceptionally difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months. Here are some tips to help you manage hay fever naturally:
> Try to avoid grassy areas particularly early in the morning and late at night when the pollen count is at its highest.
> Cut the grass regularly before the grass flowers.
> Wear wraparound sunglasses when you are outside as this will help stop pollen from getting into your eyes.
> By keeping windows and doors shut in the house and the car you will restrict the amount of pollen you are exposed to.
> If possible, avoid hanging washing outside as the pollen will gather in the fabric.
> Keep any pets outdoors during the hay fever season. If it does come inside make sure you wash it regularly to remove any pollen from its fur.
> Regularly vacuum and damp dust to stop any pollen from being spread around.
> Eat a healthy diet with high amounts of fresh brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
If your symptoms worsen or persist contact a Doctor or qualified Healthcare professional.