Hay fever triggers to avoid this spring
What can we say, we’ve made it through one of the longest winters and spring is finally here, pat yourself on the back! For many of us, there’s nothing better than getting out in the back garden or the local park when the sun is shining, but for some, it can be a nightmare.
Those folk will know what we’re talking about, the annual kick-off of hay fever season, when the good weather is ruined by watery eyes, itchy throats and runny noses.
Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, a powdery substance from plants and flowers that travels in the air, eventually making its way into your eyes, nose and mouth. The bad news is that there is still no cure for hay fever, although there are lots of treatments for your hay fever symptoms and triggers that you can avoid to keep your hay fever under wraps.
Dodge the pollen
Keeping your hay fever under control is all about limiting your overall exposure to pollen as much as possible, you can still enjoy time outside by trying to avoid some of the hay fever triggers below:
- When pollen hits your eyes, you know the tears aren’t far away! Try wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen from getting into your eyes when outside.
- Continuing the Rightdose fashion advice, try to avoid using sticky hair gels and hair sprays when outside, these products will help the pollen to stick to your body and make its way into your eyes, nose and mouth. It’s summer, let your hair go au natural!
- When you’ve been out enjoying the small glimmers of sunshine in the UK, it’s a good idea to shower and change out of what you have been wearing when outside, this gives you the chance to remove any traces of sneeze inducing pollen from yourself.
- A little bit of Vaseline can work wonders in stopping pollen from reaching your nose. Rubbing a little bit of it around your nostrils can help to catch the pollen before it wreaks havoc on your sinuses.
- Having a BBQ? Try and avoid any smoke as this can make your hay fever symptoms worse. Hay fever causes the lining of your nose to be inflamed and more irritable to things like smoke. Oh, and keep us a hotdog, please.
- This one is uncomfortable, but when the pollen count is high, it’s a good idea to keep your windows shut during the day, stopping the pollen from sticking on anything it can find indoors and triggering your allergies.
- If you decide to risk it and leave your windows open, try and vacuum regularly and wipe surfaces with a damp cloth to catch pesky pollen.
- When the pollen count is really high, it might be best for you to only spend a small amount of time outside to limit your exposure to hay fever triggering particles.
Still suffering from hay fever? We’re here for you.
We know that the symptoms of hay fever can be really detrimental to enjoying the warmer weather with friends and family, something we all are looking forward to this year. You don't have to suffer in silence, Rightdose is here for you with a wide range of treatments to help keep your hay fever at bay, from nasal sprays to eye drops, we've got you covered.
The sun is shining, try some of these top tips and get out there!