IF you have hay fever this won’t be what you want to read…
But the end of March could mean only one thing – the return of nasty sniffles, watery eyes and an itchy throat.
This is because the pollen season has begun, bringing with it hay fever sufferers everywhere.
Temperatures are starting to rise, bringing joy to many but hell for those with pollen allergies.
The Met Office said: “Plant pollen appears first, usually from late March to mid-May, and affects about 25% of people.”
“Most people are allergic to grass pollen (there are actually two peaks) and the season runs from mid-May until July.
“Weed pollen can be released at any time but the season usually lasts from late June to September.”
Depending on where you live in the UK, you may get shorter times summer fever Season.
Those in the south will find their pain starting earlier, due to warmer temperatures and slightly less rainfall.
But if you know you struggle with pollen, now is the time to get ready and have your supplies ready.
Although you can’t prevent a reaction, you can control symptoms using over-the-counter medications.
Use tricks like sunglasses, Vaseline, change your diet and changing clothes after going out can be helpful.
Omicron is still common in the UK, with the milder Covid variant more likely to cause cold-like symptoms, similar to hay fever.
Many people report an itchy throat or runny nose as their most common or only symptom.
So if you don’t often get hay fever or you want to be sure what you might have, it’s best to get tested for Covid as well.
How to calm hay fever:
1. Shower and change clothes after going outside
Pollen is everywhere, stick to clothes and affect you long after you have retreated inward. After a day outdoors, soak in the shower, or tub, and change clothes to prevent pollen from clinging to you and your furniture.
2. Apply petroleum jelly right under the nose
Dabbing a little petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, around your nostrils before you go outside can act as a barrier to prevent pollen particles from entering your nose.
3. Surround yourself with sunglasses
This is a trendy way to keep pollen from getting into your eyes.
4. Keep it clean
Wash your hands often when outside and be prepared to remove pollen and avoid further rubbing of pollen on your eyes or nose. You can also bring some wipes to help clean your hands quickly when out and about.
5. Dry your clothes inside
Beautiful weather calls for hanging clothes outside. But if you have summer feverit’s better to dry clean the clothes inside so that the clothes don’t get pollen on the outside.
6. Keep Pets Clean
Animal fur can easily collect pollen when outdoors.
When pets like dogs, cats, and rabbits return to the comforts of your home, they take this pollen with them which they transfer to clothing, furniture, carpets, and bedding.
Try a pet-friendly shampoo on high pollen count days to keep your pets free of plant particles.
7. Create a first aid kit on the go
There are many products you can buy at your chemist to check your symptoms, each with different capabilities.
Antihistamines block the action of a chemical called histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it’s under attack from an allergen.
If you’re struggling with a stuffy, itchy, or runny nose, a steroid nasal spray can help. They work by reducing inflammation inside the nose.
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