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How To Relieve Hay Fever

For hay fever sufferers, the summer months can bring uncomfortable symptoms that come and go for weeks. Unfortunately, there is no cure for hay fever, and no way to prevent it from happening. All you can do is try to relieve your symptoms as much as possible.

There are some dos and don’ts that can help you deal with your hay fever symptoms.

Things you should do

  • DO wear sunglasses when you’re outside, especially the wraparound kind which are more likely to stop pollen getting into your eyes.

  • DO apply a little Vaseline around your nostrils, to help stop pollen getting up your nose.

  • DO have a shower and put on clean clothes when you get home after being outside.

  • DO keep the windows and doors shut as much as possible, especially on breezy days.

  • DO vacuum often and clean and dust with a damp cloth.

  • DO install a pollen filter on your car air vents.

Things you shouldn’t do

  • DON’T dry clothes or sheets outside on days when the pollen count is high.

  • DON’T cut the grass.

  • DON’T spend too much time outdoors, or in rural areas with long grass.

  • DON’T cuddle your pets or let them on your bed if they’ve been outside, as their fur can trap pollen.

  • DON’T have fresh flowers in the house.

Hay fever medication to try

If you’ve done the things above to help relieve your hay fever symptoms but you are still suffering, there are lots of different hay fever medications you can try. Many are available from pharmacies, and others can be prescribed by your doctor.

Depending on the exact symptoms you suffer from, there are antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops that you can try using.

If your hay fever is very severe

If you find your hay fever is really affecting your quality of life, your doctor may be able to prescribe steroids.

Beyond that is a treatment called immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves injecting small amounts of pollen, or taking it in tablet form, in order to build up a resistance to it. This is done around 3 months before the start of the hay fever season, in the winter, to allow your immune system to adjust.