Beat hay fever with expert’s top tips
It’s the end of the week, and workers everywhere are rejoicing that the weekend is upon us and the Friday feeling is firmly back. However those suffering from hay fever may not be feeling so jolly, as this week was predicted to be the worst week of the year for their allergies.
Airborne allergies expert Max Wiseberg calculated that the warm temperatures in the U.K. plus pollen levels at their worst meant hay fever sufferers were in for a bad time of it.
“Many people find that their medication helps but doesn’t stop their symptoms altogether. Using an anti-histamine, a nasal spray and an allergen barrier balm together can give much better results than using one on its own – although some people do find that one of these is enough,” Max told Cover Media. To help combat the symptoms, Max has out together a list of top tips to help deal with the affliction:
• Use a drug-free organic allergen barrier balm such as HayMax (www.haymax.biz), to help trap the pollen before it starts causing those dreaded symptoms. Sinubalm Nasal Barrier is also a popular choice.
• Use a non-sedating anti-histamine and a nasal spray.
• Wash your face (or your child’s face) as soon as you get indoors on high pollen count days. This will wash away allergens so that they can’t cause a reaction, and a cool compress will soothe sore eyes (this also works well for dust and pet allergies).
• Wear wrap-around sunglasses when outdoors to prevent pollen particles coming in contact with your eyes. This also ‘destresses’ your eyes and can give immediate relief.
• Tie your hair up and wear a hat when outside to prevent pollen particles being caught in your hair.
• Stay hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and support your immune system.
• Close windows and use an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pollen and dust particles, cool and circulate the air.
• Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens.
• Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove pollen, dust and pet allergen particles.
• Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles and pet hair from your hair and body.
• Dry clothes indoors rather than on a clothes line to prevent pollen particles being blown onto the clothes by the outside wind.
• If you own a pet then ensure that it is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens and pollen particles.
• Get plenty of exercise. If you are doing an outdoor activity, be sure to do it when the pollen count is lower.