It’s that time of year again, the flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are blossoming, I am sneezing, itching my eyes and feeling bunged up. Hay fever season has started!
Many people relate hay fever to the summer months and seeing the rape (yellow flowers) in the field, however it can start early March as the trees blossom and flowers come into bloom.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen (produced by plants), usually when it contacts your mouth, nose, eyes and throat.
- Runny/blocked nose
- Itchy eyes, throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Watery eyes
- Loss of smell
Please remember the guidelines and advice for the COVID-19 symptoms that are essential to follow at this time: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms-and-what-to-do/
Bigvits have some great advice that are worth considering to manage your hay fever. Some might be easier than normal considering the current situation and the social distancing we are all doing.
- Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap the pollen and reduce the amount of pollen able to go up there.
- Wear wrap around sunglasses to prevent pollen going in your eyes
- Stay indoors with your windows and doors closed
- Drive with your windows closed
- Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth so it picks up the pollen rather than just moves it around
- Shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to remove any pollen
- Exercise (within guidelines as advised by a health professional), there are lots of online resources to support you to exercise at home whilst we are social isolating
Things to avoid:
- Cutting the grass
- Walking outside, being outside
- Fresh flowers
- Dying clothes outside as pollen can land on them
- Dairy products such as milk and cheese as they encourage mucus
If you wish to see what the pollen count is in your area, then this might be a useful link:
Supplements that can help:
- Curcumin (the active ingredient in Turmeric) is an anti-inflammatory that can help strengthen the immune system.
- Allercetin is a homeopathic remedy that helps the body fight allergy symptoms.
- Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid act as natural antihistamine.
- Vitamins A, B6 and E boost the immune system.
- Calcium taken with Vitamin D to help absorption can reduce the severity of an allergic reaction.