Avoiding the worst effects of Hay Fever
4th June 2015
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Hay fever is an allergy caused by pollen grains that are released during the pollen season.  People who are allergic to pollen may experience sneezing, runny nose, blocked nose, itchy eyes, itchy mouth or itchy throat.  Some people may even experience headaches and hives.

Although it is very difficult to avoid exposure to pollen, there are ways you can minimise symptoms:

  • Go online and check the latest pollen forecast.  This will give you an early warning as to when the pollen count is likely to be high.
    • Keep windows closed during the day and night. Pollen is released during early morning and falls to ground level in the evenings when the air cools.
    • If you go out, wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.  It is recommended that hay fever sufferers wear a mask when gardening or carrying out other outdoor activities.
    • Don’t dry clothes when the pollen count is high.  If you do, make sure you shake each garment before bringing it inside your home.
    • When driving, keep car windows closed and install a pollen filter to reduce the impact of pollen spores.
    • Avoid smoking in the home as this can irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways and make your hay fever symptoms even worse.
    • Be aware that pets can bring pollen in on their fur.
    • Avoid bringing fresh flowers indoors.
    • If you have been outside, shower and wash your hair to remove pollen.
    • Talk to your GP about suitable medications e.g. antihistamine, nasal sprays, nasal drops etc.
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