A change in diet could help fight your nighttime hay fever, says a health expert

One health expert has said changing the foods you eat before bed could keep nighttime hay fever symptoms at bay and help you sleep better this spring

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Those affected by hay fever were able to notice an improvement in their symptoms by changing their diet (stock photo)

Although this week snow Showers and cold weather would try to convince you otherwise, we are well into the spring season now and winter should be firmly behind us.

And hopefully when it gets a little warmer and the plants start to flower, those who are suffering will suffer hay fever are no doubt preparing for a season of sneezing – as well as sleepless nights brought on by symptoms flaring up when it’s time for bed.

While the peak hay fever season does not usually start until June, tree pollen counts in London in March 2022 are 422 PPM (pollen per mile) which is considered high and may cause symptoms in hay fever sufferers earlier this year.

But thanks to Parvinder Sagoo, Senior Pharmacist and Health Advisor for SimplyMedsOnlinesufferers now have a better chance of getting a good night’s sleep this spring as he’s shared his top tips for warding off allergies during the night – including the weird ways change your diet could help.

Allergies could prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep (stock photo)


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Keep windows and doors closed

While you might be tempted to let some fresh air into your home when the weather warms up, you should do so with caution if you’re prone to hay fever.

Opening your windows and doors allows pollen particles to get in and settle on your furniture and linens, which could worsen your symptoms overnight.

According to Parvinder, closing your windows takes seconds and helps reduce allergens in your home.

Wash bedding once a week

Washing your duvet covers and pillowcases more frequently during spring and summer can help remove the pollen particles that are sitting on your sheets.

Parvinder recommends drying your bed sheets inside out so pollen doesn’t cling to them while they line dry, and also recommends washing at a higher temperature of 60 degrees to ensure all germs and pollen particles are removed.

Shower frequently

The warm weather will likely mean you’ll be hopping in the shower more often anyway, but the health expert says you should always make sure to shower whenever you climb into a bed with fresh sheets.

Otherwise, you risk unloading pollen particles from your skin and hair onto your freshly washed linens.

Apply petroleum jelly to your nose

Similar to using a steam cleaner to clear your nose during the winter cold, hay fever sufferers can also use a petroleum jelly like petroleum jelly to try to keep pollen particles from ruining their sleep.

According to Parvinder, a small dab of petroleum jelly on the outside of each nostril could trap any remaining pollen particles before they’re inhaled — which will help Prevent sneezing or itching during the night.

Wear an eye mask

Provided the mask is completely clean, covering your eyes with a sleep mask can do wonders for your sleep if you tend to have itchy or watery eyes as a symptom of hay fever.

Parvinder says: “ Wearing an eye mask creates a barrier between your eyes and your pillowcase, provided you keep your mask in a safe place like a drawer where it doesn’t get pollen particles on it.

Change your diet

According to the health expert, there are certain foods that actually make hay fever symptoms worse — while others may give your body the boost it needs to fight off the sneezing and coughing associated with the allergies.

Parvinder explains that you should stay away from it Dairy, starchy, and sugary foods right before bed if you’re prone to hay fever, and increase your intake of insteadFoods like ginger, garlic, and chili, as these are high in vitamin C and quercetin, an antioxidant known to improve lung function.

The expert also advocates eating more honey, as he says: “ Honey is a natural remedy for hay fever because the bee pollen in honey can actually desensitize your body to other pollen, so increasing your daily honey intake should actually reduce hay fever symptoms significantly.

“I would recommend either taking a scoop or two a day straight from the jar or adding it to your morning oatmeal or cereal.”

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