Brace yourself for allergy season
Spring and summer are the seasons everyone looks forward to most – apart from allergy sufferers, who often look at the brighter months with trepidation!
Don’t resign yourself to being stuck indoors now that allergy season is upon us, use our top advice for beating the worst of it and get out to enjoy the great outdoors.
Stay ahead of the counts
These days, keeping abreast of pollen counts is easier than ever. From weather segments on the news to comprehensive websites, there’s plenty of ways to stay informed. If you have a smartphone, be sure to download handy apps like Claritin’s Pollen Forecast UK for iPhones and the Pollen Forecast App from A. Vogel.
Shift your schedule
The pollen count is often at its highest between 5am and 10am, so if at all possible, it’s a great idea to change your schedule for the warmer months and stay inside as much as possible during peak hours. And when the weather is cold and rainy, get out there and do as many chores as you can.
Give acupuncture a try
Some allergy sufferers find that a course of acupuncture can help to alleviate their symptoms. It’s not a one of cure for the problem, but a course of treatment may help you feel better during the warmer months, according to research published in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Make your home a pollen-free zone
You’ll find it easier to enjoy the time you do spend outside if you ensure that your home offers a respite from pollen. Don’t be tempted to leave windows or doors open and focus on cleaning the areas where allergens can accumulate, such as in your bedding and carpets. Change out of your clothes as soon as you get home and try taking a shower before you head to bed.
Keep your nose clear
You can also help to reduce the negative effects of pollen by making it harder for it to stick around. Buy a nasal saline and rinse your nasal passages two or three times a day and you may be able to reduce congestion and improve sinus drainage.
Spreading a thin layer of Vaseline inside the lower nostrils can help combat hay fever and reduce symptoms significantly. The Vaseline traps pollen entering the nostrils, effectively blocking it from entering the nasal passages and stopping hay fever symptoms from worsening.
See your doctor
If you haven’t already seen a professional to discuss your options, make sure you do. They may be able to inform you about medications or nasal sprays that you can try and will be able to offer advice and help to get you through the warmer months.
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