TIPS for surviving hay fever season

Are you one of the many people around the world who welcomes spring with mixed feelings each year, ready with your tissues and hay fever tablets? Unfortunately, there is no cure for hay fever – but you could consider a few do’s and don’ts to make life a bit easier.

Seasonal hay fever is mainly caused by pollen. Ongoing studies show that levels of pollen are steadily increasing, which is bad news for hay fever sufferers. The main idea of reducing your hay fever is therefore to avoid pollen as far as possible.

DO

  • apply Vaseline or similar around your nostrils to trap pollen.
  • wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes.
  • have a quick shower and change your clothes if you have been outside for a while.
  • stay indoors, keeping windows and doors shut, whenever possible.
  • vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth.
  • consider a vitamin D or MSM supplement.

DON’T

  • dry clothes outside – they will collect pollen.
  • smoke or be around smoke – it will make your symptoms worse.
  • keep fresh flowers in the house.
  • cut grass or walk on grass.

If these measures don’t help enough, visit your pharmacist. They can offer you advice on the best treatments, such as antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays to help with a blocked nose, and/or itchy and watery eyes and sneezing.

If your conditions still do not improve, consider visiting your GP.