Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
4:15 AM 3rd July 2021

Weekend Advice: Expert Offers Top Tips For Hay Fever Sufferers

Image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay
Image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay
The wet May followed by plenty of rain in June means that our grass is bursting with pollen. So each time the sun comes out, we are getting explosions of pollen. Some areas may get this over the weekend, but pollen counts are forecast to soar to very high again on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Airborne allergens expert of HayMax allergen barrier balms, Max Wiseberg, has some practical top tips for hay fever sufferers to help them get through this pollen explosion…

“Hay fever is the most common allergy in the UK,” says Max, “affecting up to half of the population according to a new survey this year. This current unsettled weather means that pollen levels are all over the place and are as difficult to predict as the weather!"

Here are my top tips to help sufferers:

Create a Hay Fever First Aid Kit consisting of one or more natural products, one antihistamine, one nasal spray and eye drops. The interesting thing about this is that many of these remedies can be complementary to each other. So if one helps, but doesn’t do the whole job, you may be able to try other remedies at the same time and get a better result. But there are rules: never take 2 anti-histamines together, never take 2 steroid nasal sprays together, and consult your pharmacist or doctor if you are already taking any other medication.

Keep allergens out of the home. Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy. Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove pollen particles. Close windows and use an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pollen particles. Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens.

Keep allergens off your clothes and body. Wear wraparound sunglasses when outdoors to prevent pollen particles coming in contact with your eyes, and tie your hair up and wear a hat to prevent pollen particles being caught in your hair. Wash your face as soon as you get indoors to wash away allergens so that they can’t cause a reaction. Dry clothes indoors rather than on a clothes line to prevent pollen being blown on to them by the outside wind.

Sleep long and well. Quite a lot of life’s problems seem less problematic after a good night’s sleep. And it really can help manage your hay fever symptoms. An NPARU study showed that people who slept at least 7 hours a night suffered significantly milder symptoms than those who slept no more than 5 hours each night. Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles from your hair and body. Use an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm such as HayMax around the nostrils and bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to trap more than a third of pollen before it enters the body. Less allergen, less reaction.

Exercise. No surprise, this one. Try to do two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. Moderate-intensity means fast walking, cycling, water aerobics, pushing a lawnmower; that sort of thing. Obviously you should avoid exercising – or even being – outdoors when the pollen count is highest, generally first thing in the morning and early evening. If the pollen count is really high, take your exercise indoors, for example on your exercise bike. The lawn can wait!

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