Hay fever weekend warning: Pollen levels to rise – how to prevent allergy symptoms

Posted on Mar 25 2018 - 3:15am by admin

Hay fever is mainly a problem during late March to September, when it’s warm and humid, according to the NHS.

The condition affects people that are allergic to pollen, and can cause irritating symptoms.

Hay fever symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy, watery eyes, and a blocked nose.

But, pollen levels may rise this weekend as we enter hay fever season, the Met Office has warned.

“Overnight rain and previous cold weather have resulted in low pollen levels across the UK,” said the Met Office.

“Good news for those of us who suffer from hay fever.

“However, it may just reach moderate in the sunshine across England and Wales this afternoon.”

Although hay fever symptoms can make you feel miserable, there are ways to reduce your symptoms this spring and summer.

Staying indoors and shutting windows may help to relieve some of your hay fever symptoms.

You could also try showering, and changing your clothes when you get home, as pollen can stick to your clothes throughout the day.

“Drink water or herbal teas regularly as when the body is dehydrated, histamine is naturally produced to cause an increase in thirst,” said BioCare’s Head of Clinical Nutrition, Chris Newbold.

“Avoid alcohol as the histamine in alcohol can worsen the common symptoms of hay fever, such as sneezing and itching.”

Putting Vaseline around your nostrils could trap pollen before it enters your airways.

Symptoms may also be reduced by regularly vacuuming, and by dusting with a damp cloth, the NHS said.

Speak to a pharmacist if you’re suffering from hay fever.

They can advise you on the best treatments for preventing symptoms.

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