LIFESTYLE: Hayfever Remedies

We take a look at some hayfever remedies

Dealing with hayfever, also known as allergic rhinitis, can be particularly challenging during the pollen season in the UK. Here are some tips to help manage the symptoms:

Minimise Pollen Exposure

  1. Stay Indoors During High Pollen Counts: Pollen counts are usually highest in the early morning and late afternoon. Stay indoors during these times if possible.
  2. Keep Windows Closed: Prevent pollen from entering your home or car by keeping windows shut, especially during high pollen counts.
  3. Use Air Purifiers: Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to reduce pollen and other allergens in your home.
  4. Shower and Change Clothes: After spending time outside, shower and change clothes to remove pollen from your skin and hair.
  5. Dry Laundry Indoors: Dry your clothes indoors or use a tumble dryer. Pollen can stick to clothes that are hung outside.

Medication and Treatments

  1. Antihistamines: Over-the-counter antihistamines can help relieve symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose. Examples include cetirizine, loratadine, and fexofenadine.
  2. Nasal Sprays: Steroid nasal sprays like fluticasone or mometasone can help reduce inflammation and treat nasal symptoms.
  3. Eye Drops: Antihistamine eye drops can alleviate itchy and watery eyes.
  4. Decongestants: These can help with nasal congestion but should be used with caution and not for extended periods.
  5. Prescription Treatments: If over-the-counter options are not effective, consult your GP for stronger medications or treatments like immunotherapy.

Lifestyle Adjustments

  1. Monitor Pollen Forecasts: Use websites or apps that provide daily pollen forecasts to plan your activities.
  2. Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from pollen when you’re outdoors.
  3. Apply Petroleum Jelly: Dabbing a small amount of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) around the nostrils can trap pollen and prevent it from being inhaled.
  4. Keep Pets Clean: Pets can carry pollen on their fur. Regularly groom your pets and keep them out of your bedroom.
  5. Clean Your Home Regularly: Vacuum frequently and dust with a damp cloth to reduce pollen accumulation indoors.

Natural and Alternative Remedies

  1. Saline Nasal Rinse: Using a saline solution to rinse your nasal passages can help clear out pollen and reduce symptoms.
  2. Local Honey: Some believe that eating local honey can help build tolerance to local pollen, although scientific evidence is limited.
  3. Herbal Supplements: Butterbur and quercetin are natural supplements that some people find helpful in managing hayfever symptoms. Consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement.

Professional Help

  1. Consult an Allergist: If your hayfever is severe, an allergist can perform tests to identify specific allergens and suggest personalized treatment plans.
  2. Immunotherapy: Allergy shots or sublingual tablets can gradually reduce sensitivity to pollen and other allergens over time.

By implementing these strategies, you can better manage hayfever symptoms and enjoy a more comfortable pollen season in the UK.

Author: minervadigi