For hayfever sufferers, enjoying sunny spring and summer days is often a longed-for luxury, with the season spent sniffling and sneezing instead. And if missing out on outdoor events to avoid puffy eyes and a runny nose wasn’t bad enough, some may also suffer from drowsiness caused by over the counter remedies.
Health Plus and other good stockists provide a range of immune system boosting natural supplements to help cope with the symptoms of hayfever. Bee Propolis, collected from tree buds and botanical sources by honey bees, is thought to help allergy sufferers, whilst offering a rich source of nutrients, flavonoids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It can also increase energy levels, so has the added bonus of helping you get the most out of action-packed outdoor activities.
Hayfever unfortunately is a very common allergy that can be extremely limiting for sufferers during a time of the year when we should all be able to enjoy the outdoors. Many people prefer not to take conventional medication to deal with allergies, but there are lots of natural ways to help cope with hayfever.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.
Tips for coping with hayfever season:
- Wear wraparound sunglasses whilst outdoors or in the car to protect your eyes from pollen.
- Hoover your home regularly – pollen spores can collect on fabrics so it’s important to keep your home as allergen free as possible.
- Pollen counts are highest in the early morning and late afternoon, so scheduling your outdoor activity between these times can help reduce symptoms.
- Boost your vitamin intake throughout the year with a multivitamin supplement, to ensure your immune system is at its optimum level for coping with hayfever.
- Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen.
- Keep an eye on the pollen count and keep windows and doors closed on high count days.
- Dry laundry indoors or in a dryer; hanging them on an outside washing line can lead to pollen spores being collected on clothing.
- Avoid keeping fresh flowers in your home.
- Taking trips to the beach can be beneficial, as the pollen count is usually lower nearer to the coast.
- Pets can bring in pollen from outside on their coats, so try and avoid close contact with them when your symptoms are bad, and give them regular baths.
- Shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off.
- Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Source: Health Plus NHS Halfords