Sneezes. Runny noses. Watery eyes. Scratchy throats. Itchy everything. Sneezes and more sneezes. If the summer weather, long grass and trees turning ever more luscious and green fills you with dread each year, you’re not alone.
Around 1 in 5 Brits suffer with hayfever. Some are lucky enough to only suffer during certain parts of the spring and summer seasons and some years don’t suffer at all. Others suffer all season long and have it for life.
The unseasonably warm weather we had in February this year has made the 2019 hayfever season much worse, with many sufferers saying they started feeling symptoms much earlier.
Hayfever is caused by an allergy to the pollens of certain trees and grasses. These types of plants have lightweight pollen that’s designed to be carried on the wind for pollination without bees or other insects. When someone with an allergy to a particular pollen breathes it in, it triggers the familiar immune response – sneezing, itching and watering.
It’s a common misconception that flowers are a major trigger of hayfever symptoms. But actually, they’re not. Flowers tend to have big, juicy particles of pollen that bees find irresistible. They’re not generally carried on the wind, instead relying on the furry legs of bees to transfer. So we don’t breathe it in, and therefore flowers tend not to cause issues.
But if you suffer with hayfever, whatever your trigger, here’s our top tips on stopping the sneezes…
Be Mindful of Pollen
This might sound like an obvious one, but pollen is a pesky little thing and gets stuck to everything. Just being outside means that pollen will get stuck to our clothing and hair. But we can reduce the amount by avoiding fields and parks, especially if the grass has just been cut.
Remove clothing as soon as you get home, but not in your bedroom. Shower at the end of the day and wash clothes as often as possible. Don’t hang them to dry outside, they’ll pick up more pollen.
Consider pets too, they can be covered in invisible pollen and may need more regular baths.
Consider an Air Filter
A good quality air filter with HEPA technology will help to remove pollen and allergens from the air in your home.
Block Pollen Before It Gets a Chance to Irritate!
Apply a pollen barrier balm such as this fab one from HayMax made using organic Aloe Vera. This physical barrier is designed to be applied to the inside of your nostrils, just a dab will do. It will also help to soothe and heal skin inflamed by constant blowing!
Completely drug free, it won’t make you drowsy and it can be applied as often as you need. It blocks over a third of pollen and other allergens from getting into your airways and naturally helps to reduce hayfever symptoms.
Dress for the Season
When you’re outside, wear wraparound sunglasses and if you’re in a car, drive with the windows closed.
Use a Natural Supplement
Taking a max strength immune support supplement such as this one by Bee Prepared will help to support your immune system to help soothe hayfever symptoms.
Eat Local Honey
It’s said that eating local honey all year round helps your immune system get used to the pollen from your local area. The science so far is inconclusive, but what an excuse to have a teaspoon of delicious honey every day?!
Best of luck, we’re rooting for you.