The sneezing season
Are you dreading another season of itchy eyes and runny noses? Well, you’re not alone. In a recent poll of over 1,000 hayfever suffers, just over half of the respondents told us they feel bogged down and not their normal selves during the hayfever period.
Hayfever symptoms are not only annoying, irritating and downright frustrating but they can also be very disruptive, interrupting our daily lives in more ways than we may realise.
The results from our poll revealed that stinging eyes, blocked noses and sneezing left four in ten feeling less attractive, while a fifth have cancelled social engagements because the symptoms made them feel so grotty.
One in ten also admitted that hayfever caused a strain on their relationship and four in ten experienced sleepless nights. Symptoms also stopped a third from enjoying outdoor sports and one in five underperformed at work as a result.
With so many sufferers lives disrupted by hayfever, it really is time to become more pollen savvy!
How to be pollen savvy
You can hardly spend the rest of spring and summer wearing a mask, but there are things you can do to avoid pollen and help ease those pesky hayfever symptoms! To give you a helping hand I’ve created a simple guide on being pollen savvy with my top ten tips for surviving a high pollen count day.
My top ten tips
1. Curb the caffeine and opt for anti-inflammatory green or white tea if your nasal passages are pouring. Caffeine triggers histamine release which can bring the skin up in a red, itchy, angry looking rash and dilate your blood vessels until everything feels inflamed.
2. Be wary of mucus-inducing dairy products. People prone to allergic reactions often struggle with dietary dairy so instead investigate the dairy free offerings at your local health food store.
3. Reduce the sugar. Refined sugar triggers a dramatic rise and fall of blood sugar levels, which causes an adrenalin surge that activates histamine release. Opt for sweet dried or fresh fruit for a natural sugar fix instead.
4. Topping up on vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Fill your diet with fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure a steady intake throughout the day. Your body can’t make or store vitamin C, so it has to be available in low, consistent doses to support your nasal lining.
5. Fill your diet with tasty anti-inflammatory foods including blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, blackcurrants, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, mangoes, apricots, peaches, nectarines, papaya, pears, pineapples, prunes, plums, raisins, figs, avocadoes, herring, pilchards, sardines, salmon, pumpkinseed oil and flaxseed oil to help counter inflammation.
6. Dry clothes in-doors as damp clothes on the washing line will collect pollen.
7. Undress in the bathroom not the bedroom so the pollen from clothes doesn’t float around the bedroom.
8. Spread a little barrier balm (such as coconut oil) around the edge of each nostril to trap or block pollen. Reapply each time you blow your nose.
9. Keep an eye on the pollen count in your area. Pollen counts are great for measuring the amount of pollen in the air, which will allow you to determine how bad your symptoms might be on any given day. For a local 5 Day UK Pollen Forecast, which is updated daily, as well as information on pollen hotspots and hayfever-friendly activities in your area, head to our local pages.
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10. Stock up on A.Vogel Pollinosan tablets, a natural remedy containing seven tropical herbs that work on all the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis, without the drowsy side effects associated with some medicine. For best results, it can be taken a month before your symptoms usually start.
How do you avoid pollen? What’s your best hayfever tip?