Hayfever season returns
Hayfever is usually at its worst between late March and September, especially when it’s warm and humid. This is because the weather tends to be a lot warmer, which helps plants to grow, but this also means that pollen counts will be higher.
You shouldn’t have to avoid going outside when you suffer from hayfever, but we understand it can affect your plans and mood when you’re constantly sniffling, coughing or, an itchy throat.
What are the symptoms of hayfever?
It really depends on the person, some people get mild symptoms, and some people get it really bad. So, it’s important that you’re aware of what the symptoms are. Here are some of the common ones to look out for as reported by Allergy UK:
- Itchy eyes/throat
- Sneezing, blocked/runny nose
- Watering, red eyes
- Headaches, blocked sinuses
- Shortness of breath
- The feeling of mucus running down the back of the throat
As you can tell, they’re not very pleasant and we certainly don’t want hay fever to ruin your summer.
The best relief for hayfever is always antihistamines. But what if you don’t have any? What can you do if you can’t get to the Pharmacy? With some basic household items, hayfever relief isn’t far away.
Herbal teas are your best friend
You may have heard that green tea has a surplus of benefits including increasing fat loss and reducing bad breath, but it also helps with hayfever. Green tea has an antihistamine effect to relieve hayfever symptoms.
Camomile tea is known for its calming properties. If you suffer from swollen or itchy eyes, just cool some camomile tea bags and use them as a cold compress to sooth your eyes.
Protect your nose
Vaseline is another product which is so versatile, and when it comes to hayfever, it’s certainly one to try out. Some hayfever sufferers claim that Vaseline is the magic cure. It's a really simple hack, just get some Vaseline and apply around your nostrils. This will help to trap any pollen particles that try entering your nose.
You can also achieve the same effect with coconut oil. Just make sure to reapply if you blow your nose.
Cut down on dairy
Dairy is the enemy if you’re suffering with hayfever, it causes mucus build up in the body. Eugh. More mucus inside means you’re more likely to have a runny nose. Try switching to a dairy free milk alternative. Oatly is a popular option thanks to it’s all natural, organic ingredients as well as its versatility in tea, coffee and cereal.
Strengthen your immune system
You can’t cure hayfever though your diet but what’s the harm in eating more healthily. This guide by Patrick Holford covers 7 nutrients he suggests could help lessen the effects of hayfever.
Get a vitamin boost from foods too, vitamin C is excellent the immune system and it’s a natural antihistamine. Berries and oranges are packed with vitamin C.
It’s been reported that stress makes hayfever worse, so it’s imperative that you keep calm and de-stress your body. Think about exercising, meditating or just taking some time to yourself, anything which lowers your stress levels will help. If pollen counts are high, try to avoid going outside to exercise. Find some open space inside your home where you can exercise comfortably.
Try to have a regular sleeping pattern too. Experts at Sleepscore state that sleep is a powerful stress reducer. With a good amount of rest, this will help to calm and restore your body, and in turn, will help you to your reduce stress levels.
Watch the weather
We know the weather is getting better, and we know you’re excited to make plans to go to the park, beach or the local pub. Be smart and check the pollen count on the day to help you plan your activities better. The last thing you want is to be sneezing and sniffling on a day out.
Care for your bedding
Dry your clothes inside. Pollen can get stuck on wet clothes as they dry which could mean endless sneezing for particularly severe hayfever sufferers.For ultimate protection for sensitive skin, we’d recommend Ecover Zero Non Bio Powder.
With our top tips, we’re confident you’ll be able to manage your hayfever a lot better. You don’t want your summer to be ruined by sneezing, coughing or itchy throats so stock up on everything you need to manage your symptoms at Bother.