Hay Fever Advice
Hay fever is a common condition that is estimated to affect around 20% of people.
Hay fever is more likely if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema. If you are a regular sufferer then early action ahead of symptoms is essential.
The symptoms of hay fever include:
- frequent sneezing
- runny or blocked nose
- itchy, red or watery eyes (also known as allergic conjunctivitis)
- an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
Less commonly, you may experience:
- the loss of your sense of smell
- facial pain (caused by blocked sinuses)
While symptoms of hay fever may be mild, they can interfere with your sleep and your daily activities at school or work.
Tips For Preventing Hay Fever
It is very difficult to completely avoid pollen or spores. However, reducing your exposure to the substances that trigger your hay fever should ease the severity of your symptoms. Follow the advice below to avoid being exposed to excessive amounts of pollen and spores.
- Use a barrier treatment such as petroleum jelly to prevent pollen irritating your nasal passages.
- Avoid cutting grass, playing or walking in grassy areas, and camping.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you are outdoors.
- Change your clothes and take a shower after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body. Take a shower at night to avoid breathing in pollen on your hair or skin overnight.
- Try to stay indoors when the pollen count is high.
- Keep windows and doors shut in the house. If it gets too warm, draw the curtains to keep out the sun and keep the temperature down.
- Do not keep fresh flowers in the house.
- Vacuum regularly, ideally using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
- Damp dust regularly. Dusting with a wet cloth, rather than a dry one, will collect the dust and stop any pollen from being spread around.
- Keep pets out of the house during the hay fever season. If your pet does come indoors, wash it regularly to remove any pollen from its fur.
- Do not smoke or let other people smoke in your house. Smoking and breathing in other people’s smoke will irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways, and can make your symptoms worse.
- Keep car windows closed. You can buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car. This will need to be changed every time the car is serviced.
Here in Life Pharmacy, as hay fever experts, we are always available to discuss the many treatments for hay fever and what is best for your symptoms. Prevention and relief can differ for each person and can be a combination of the following treatment options. Speak to our hay fever expert and they will recommend the best treatment solution for you.