Sunday, July 23, 2017
Hay fever can be a real menace during the summer months, especially if the symptoms hit you hard. Here we take a look at 10 things you can try to get you through:
This is probably the obvious choice, but antihistamines can be incredibly helpful to anyone suffering with allergies such as hay fever. They can help to reduce the symptoms, leaving you to get on with your day without the irritation of itchy eyes and a runny nose. Non-drowsy ones are also now available to reduce the impact on your daily routine.
Itchy eyes is an annoying by-product of hay fever which many find to be particularly unpleasant. Try soothing the pain and irritation of dry eyes with some eye drops, and add some moisture back to those dried out eyes.
Apparently honey can really help allergy sufferers as it works to suppress your sensitivity to other pollens and allergens. Try to integrate a spoonful of honey into your routine and see if you feel the benefits.
If you drink a lot of cows milk, you might want to consider reducing your intake if you are also suffering from hay fever. Dairy can increase mucus which affects your respiratory tract and ultimately irritates any nasal congestion you might be experiencing.
If you want to try something that is easy to use with minimal side effects, how about trying some over the counter nasal sprays? They can be sprayed into the nose to create a protective layer creating a barrier for any potential allergens. Also, they get to work fast so can provide speedy relief.
Garlic is great for any diet as it works as an antioxidant. It's also great for hay fever sufferers as it can help to reduce that blocked nose feeling. Try two raw garlic cloves a day and see how you get on.
There are many different teas which might help to relieve different allergy symptoms, but ginger tea specifically is said to act as a natural antihistamine whilst also breaking down any congestion.
Vitamin C is also supposed to be another natural antihistamine which is great for allergy sufferers. It can be found in oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Alternatively you can take a vitamin C supplement.
Having your washing dry on the line outdoors in the summer might also be causing you some hay fever troubles too. The pollen and allergens can cling on to your clothes and bedding whilst they are drying, which will affect you when you come to use them.
Some find that using vaseline, and putting some just inside the lower nostrils can help to block pollen. Try a thin layer of vaseline and see if it works for you!