The Best Tips for Dealing With Hay Fever

The Best Tips for Dealing With Hay Fever

. 3 min read

Hay fever season returns

Hay fever 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 hay fever, 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 hay fever?

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
  • Tiredness
  • 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.

Hay fever hacks

The best relief for hay fever is always antihistamines. But what if you don’t have any? Well with some basic household items, hay fever 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 hay fever. Green tea has an antihistamine effect to relieve hay fever 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 hay fever, it’s certainly one to try out. Some hay fever 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 hay fever, 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 hay fever 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 hay fever.

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 hay fever 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 hay fever 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 hay fever 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.