Hay-fever season has begun, affecting 95% of sufferers every year. The peak can depend on the seasonal weather, but usually it begins in April/May and starts to calm down in July/August.
Symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, excess mucus, coughing, tiredness and headache. But don’t suffer in silence. Although not every remedy works for everyone, there’s something out there to help you.
Read on to find remedies that may work for you and relieves those horrible symptoms…
Take an Antihistamine
While being the first thing most people reach for when they can feel hay fever symptoms starting, it’s also handy to keep in mind that antihistamine tablets are great to take on days when high pollen is forecasted to prevent symptoms from starting in the first place. It’s possible to be prescribed different types of antihistamines by your GP, if you suffer very badly and frequently.
A great way to relieve red, itchy eyes brought on by pollen. Eyedrops are a great way to cool and relieve the area.
Nasal Balm or Salve
Rub nasal balm on the base of your nose to help trap any pollen particles before they enter the body. There are lots of brands that create invisible and non-greasy balm, too.
Spoonful of honey
It’s known that honey is a great remedy for sore throats, but it’s also amazing for easing hay-fever symptoms. It’s known to be able to desensitise your body to pollens and reduce any nasty symptoms.
Shower at night
If you suffer from hay-fever, switch to showering in the night before bed instead of in the morning. This is because our hair can collect pollen during the day which we transfer to bedsheets and pillows, resulting in waking up to puffy eyes and an aggravated throat. Wash away any traces of pollen before heading to bed, for an allergy-free sleep.
Drink Chamomile tea
The benefits of Chamomile tea are endless, but it’s also known to relieve inflammation in the airways and have an antihistamine affect. Not only does it have antioxidants, it helps to strengthen nasal membranes to prevent irritating particles from entering the bloodstream.
Don’t hang washing outside
This is one to avoid if you’re a hay-fever sufferer. On days when pollen is high, avoid hanging washing our in your garden to dry- as clothes collect pollen easily.