Top Tips For Surviving Pollen Allergies

Winter is over and the sun is finally shining; the trees and flowers are in full bloom.  Sounds idyllic, but for hay fever and seasonal pollen allergy sufferers, this just marks the beginning of their misery and discomfort.  The last couple of years have been particularly arduous for hay fever sufferers.

This year we’ve had a long and drawn out winter, and spring certainly hasn’t sprung early. But rest assured once it puts in an appearance your pollen allergies are sure to kick in with avengeance.

Don’t despair, there are measures that you can take to minimize the misery and discomfort suffered during spring and summer allergy seasons.

Here are Allergy Zone’s top survival tips:

1. Avoid Early Morning Outdoor Activities

Early Morning Outdoors - High Pollen Count

Shortly after dawn seems to be the time that most plants release their pollen, this accounts for pollen levels being at their highest during early mornings, particularly on warm breezy days.  Pollen falls to the ground in the evenings as the air cools.  Avoid being outdoors at these times of day if at all possible.

2. Close Windows

Closing Window - Keep Pollen Outside

As nice as it is to give your house an airing, you are simply inviting pollen inside.  Close your windows, don’t allow pollen in through open windows.

3. Remove Shoes And Change Clothing

Remove Shoes - Don't bring pollen indoors

As soon as you get indoors, remove your shoes and (if practical) your clothing.  Don’t enter your bedroom wearing clothing that you have worn outdoors during the day.  This will help keep your bedroom pollen free so that you can enjoy an allergen free sleep.

4. Don’t Dry Washing Outdoors

Don't Dry Your Washing Outside - Pollen Allergy Tips

Pollen will easily collect on clothing and bedding that are left outdoors.  Dry your washing inside.  If you must dry your washing outside then ensure that you give it a really good shake before you bring it back indoors.

5. Shower At The End Of The Day

Lady Showering Off Pollen

Have your shower and wash your hair at the end of the day, then you aren’t transferring pollen into your bedroom and onto your pillow and bedding.  This should enable you to have a restful night’s sleep without being irritated by allergens you have inadvertently introduced to your sleeping environment.

6. Keep Your House Clean

Dust Well & Dust Often To Remove Pollen

Dust well and clean often. Frequent vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to permanently remove airborne allergens will help.

7. Air Conditioning

Avoid Pollen By Recirculating Your Air Conditioning

Use air conditioning rather than opening windows.  Ensure that you use the ‘recirculate’ option inside the house and car.

8. ‘Bee’ Aware Of The Pollen Count

Be Aware Of The Pollen Count

Check your local tv, radio and newspaper for current pollen levels and check the pollen forecast so that you can plan ahead.

The Met Office and Benadryl’s websites have up-to-date information on pollen levels.

Be aware of peak pollen seasons by checking out our pollen calendar.

9. Delegate

Mowing Grass Stirs Up Pollen

Delegate outdoor pollen stirring activities such as mowing the lawn and weeding.

10. Wear A Pollen Mask

Girl Wearing Pollen Mask

If you can’t sweet talk anyone into doing your pollen stirring chores, or if you need to go outside at peak pollen times, then wear a Pollen Mask.

11. Protect Your Eyes

Wrap Around Sun Glasses

Wear Sunglasses when you are outdoors, even when it isn’t sunny.  Wrap around sunglasses are best.  Clean your glasses and sunglasses often to remove pollen from them.

12.  Limit Your Hair Products

Gel Traps Pollen In Your Hair

Avoid wearing hair products such as mousse and gel as they trap pollen.  If you can’t cope without your sticky hair care products then make sure that you wash your hair at night, before going to bed.  This will stop you transferring the pollen from your hair onto your bedding and pillows.

13. Wear A Hat

Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect you from pollen

Keep your hair and face covered with a wide brimmed hat.  Just think how fabulous you’ll look wearing the hat and sunglasses combo, and it will keep pollen off your hair and skin!

14. Vacation

A Carefully Selected Holiday Destination - Relief From Allergies

A carefully selected holiday destination can prove to be a much welcome relief from your allergies.  A  beach environment can be advantageous as there isn’t usually much pollen around.

15. Stay Indoors

Stay Indoors During Peak Pollen Times

Stay indoors during peak pollen times.

16. Air Purifier

Air Purifier removes allergens from a room

Air purifiers are great for allergy sufferers as they filter the air and remove pollen before it can come into contact with you.

17. Keep Your Pet Pollen Free

Bathing Dog To Remove Pollen

Your pet also brings pollen into your house.  Frequently bathing and wiping your pet will control pollen in your home.

 

18. Local Honey

Teaspoon Of Honey A Day To Keep Pollen Allergies At Bay

A teaspoon of honey a day keeps pollen allergies at bay (or so they say!).

A teaspoon a day of local honey is thought to help combat pollen allergies.  This natural remedy is very similar to the principle of vaccination, by eating the honey you gradually introduce small amounts of pollen into your body.  These small amounts should allow your body to become accustomed to the presence of the allergens and decrease the chance of an allergic response.  This process is called immunotherapy.

The local honey should be produced within a couple of miles from your house, this will ensure the varieties of pollen you are likely to encounter will be present in the honey.

Honey should not be given to children under the age of 12 months as it can cause infant botulism.

19. Take Care Of Your Nose

Nasal Spray - Pollen Allergies

Use a nasal spray such as Prevalin to line the inside of the nose and deactivate pollen, this particular spray does not contain any steroids.  You can combine this with using a pollen barrier on the edge of your nostrils, you can use vaseline or an organic pollen barrier such as HayMax.   The pollen barrier should stop all pollen entering your nose but if any does get past it, the Prevalin will act as the next line of defence.

Rinse out your nose using a nasal spray such as NeilMed or a Neti Pot, this will keep your nasal passages clear and reduce the chances of you suffering an allergic reaction.

20. Antihistamines

Antihistamines are the most popular type of medicine for treating pollen allergies / hay fever

Antihistamines are the most common medicines for treating pollen allergies / hay fever. Regular doses of antihistamines are more beneficial that just taking your antihistamines sporadically.

If you are taking your prescribed antihistamine and you are still suffering from your hay fever / pollen allergy symptoms then speak to your GP or Pharmacist as there are different types (brands) of antihistamine that can be safely combined.  Don’t just take a number of different brands of antihistamines without seeking qualified medical advice as you don’t want to overdose yourself!

These are our top 20 tips for surviving the Hay Fever season.  Do you have any others?

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