How to Prevent Hay Fever
Summer is a fantastic time of the year and for many it means garden parties, BBQ’s, sun bathing and picnics.
But for some, it can be a time of sneezing, coughing, swollen eyes and sore throats.
According to Allergy UK, hay fever affects between 10% and 30% of adults, and as many as 40% of children.
The NHS estimates that more than 10 million people suffer with hay fever in England.
This means that there is a huge number of people out there dreading spring and summer when the grass pollen count is at its highest.
The result can be many missed days at work or at school and the continuous feeling of being run down and tired.
It can put a real downer on the summer.
Of course, to prevent the symptoms of hay fever its always highly recommend that you speak with your doctor who will always be able to give you sound medical advice on preventing hay fever.
However, in this article we’ve listed some of the ways in which you can help prevent the symptoms of hay fever and help you to maximise the time you spend outdoors rather than having to hide away indoors during the warmer months.
What causes hay fever?
Hay fever, or Allergic rhinitis as its known in the medical world is caused by an overreaction of the body’s nervous system to airborne allergens.
Hay fever can come in two different forms.
Firstly, there’s seasonal hay fever which typically occurs in spring and summer.
Seasonal hay fever is usually caused by mould spores or pollens from trees, grasses or weeds.
Pollen is a fine powder realised by plants, weeds and grass as part of their reproductive cycle.
Pollen provokes a reaction of the body’s immune system in hay fever sufferers, causing a whole host of symptoms during spring and summer only.
The second form of allergic rhinitis is perennial, meaning that symptoms are present all year-round and can be caused by sensitivity to dust, pet hair or mould.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
Its very easy to confuse hay fever with a common cold.
This is because the symptoms are very similar.
Your body may react to pollen causing various symptoms including sore itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing or a sore throat.
Hay fever can be developed at any age, even if you have previously never shown signs of it.
How can we prevent hay fever?
Of course, the best way to prevent hay fever is speak to your doctor who will be able to give you prevention tips and/or proscribe you with medication to help with the allergy.
However, below we’ve listed some ways in which you can help prevent hay fever from ruining your summer.
Antihistamines are very effective in the treatment of hay fever. They work by reducing or blocking histamines to relieve the symptoms of hay fever.
They can be taken in a variety of ways including tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops and creams and can be bought from pharmacies of local shops however some are only available on prescription.
It important to look for an antihistamine that is non-drowsy as some older ones such as chlorphenamine or hydroxyzine can make you feel sleepy.
Before taking an antihistamine its always advisable to speak with your doctor first.
Keep windows closed
As hay fever is caused by airborne allergens, keeping your windows closed is highly recommended to prevent pollen from entering your home.
When driving, switch on your air conditioning rather than opening your windows to keep cool.
Take a Turmeric supplement
Turmeric is a brightly coloured, orange-yellow spice widely used in cooking.
Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation caused by the enzyme phospholipase A2. This enzyme is stimulated by the pollen in your system.
Eat spicy food
Capsaicin found in chillies, is great at unblocking nasal passages and providing relief from that bunged up feeling.
Making a spicy curry using plenty of chillies and Turmeric as mentioned above may just help relieve some of the symptoms of your hay fever.
Pollen is sticky in nature and can stick to clothes and hair. If you have been out for the day wash your hair in the evening to prevent spreading pollen around your home.
Wearing sunglasses when outdoors can help to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes. They’ll also protect your eyes from the harmful rays from the sun.
Stop pollen from entering your nostrils
Pollen can be trapped under your nostrils before entering your system using either a petroleum gel such as Vaseline or a specialist balm such as HayMax.
These substances help pollen to stick under your nostrils rather than going up your nose.
Install artificial grass
Installing artificial is a great way to prevent hay fever.
It’s hypoallergenic which means it can help to prevent the symptoms of hay fever.
For many hay fever sufferers, mowing the lawn can be torture as the pollen released from cutting your grass can heighten the symptoms of hay fever making you feel worse.
However, with artificial grass, mowing the lawn will be a thing of the past. There’s also very little maintenance involved, leaving you more time to spend relaxing in your garden.
Fake grass will also transform dull, lifeless grass into a lush green that is perfect for children and pets.
If you suffer from hay fever, speak to your doctor who’ll be able to advise you on how to manage your allergy.
Hopefully you’ll also be able to use some of the advice in this article to help you reduce the crippling effects of hay fever.
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