Don't get blown away by spring allergies

Ah-Choo: The release of pollen can make the coming months unenjoyable. But with some forward thinking you'll be able to reduce your symptoms.
Ah-Choo: The release of pollen can make the coming months unenjoyable. But with some forward thinking you'll be able to reduce your symptoms.

It is that time of year again, nature is in bloom, the weather is on the turn and you have your head buried in a box of tissues afraid to step out of the front door. 

Call it seasonal allergies or hay fever just don’t dismiss your symptoms as “the sniffles”, you are one of the millions of people worldwide whose quality of life takes a dive at particular times of the year.

Sneezing and a runny nose may be the most obvious symptoms, but pollen allergies can also trigger itchy eyes, a sore throat, coughing, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes and, if left untreated, even asthma attacks.

Allergies can be debilitating for some people, and while there is no cure there are many ways you can relieve the symptoms and sometimes stop them before they completely take over. The best approach is a combined attack, make an appointment with your GP and do use the over-the counter antihistamine and nasal spray but  don’t be afraid to limit your exposure and to pollen in the first place.

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Here are some tried and true tips for surviving allergy season. 

Keep watch

Keep an eye on your local weather and pollen reports and plan activities accordingly. Generally, right after a the rain is the best time to head outdoors, because the rain drags airborne particles to the ground. 

Create a sanctuary

Time to spring clean your home! Allergies can be triggered by mould, animal fur and house dust. So this is the season to keep on top of daily household chores. Keeping your windows and doors closed will also help stave off  any air-born pollen. 

Evening routine 

Coming home from work or going about your day, leave your shoes outside and change when you get home. Pollen will stick to your clothes throughout the day, and as you walk through your home, you are dispersing the pollen, which will encourage your hay fever symptoms to stick around for a little longer.

Put up a barrier

A nasal barrier, such a Vaseline or a similar balm, can be smeared around the entrance of your nose. The idea is that it traps the pollen before it can get into the nose and trigger your allergic response. It is a very effective way of easing allergy symptoms. A good trick for before you go to bed. 

Treat yourself

Treating yourself to a new pair of wraparound sunglasses could help keep your hay fever symptoms at bay. Pollen primarily enters the body through the eyes and nose. It is very sticky and rather pollen sticking to your eyes or nasal passage, the sunglasses will pick up the majority of the spores. Sunglasses can also help those people who find bright lights may trigger their allergic reactions, causing them to sneeze.