Preventative measures you can take to keep your hay fever in check

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Preventative measures you can take to keep your hay fever in check

Spring is here. The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. For many, it’s the best time of year. But for others, it signals the return of a particularly pesky condition: hay fever.

Stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats are all they have to look forward to. But other than taking over-the-counter antihistamines, what preventative measures can you take to keep your hay fever at bay? Here are a few suggestions for how you can look out for your health this spring and summer.

Tip #1 – Keep it clean

The cause of hay fever is pollen. It gets into our body and sets off our immune system, which sees it as a threat. That’s why the symptoms are mostly around your face and throat – it’s your immune system trying to fight the pollen away.

But pollen is tricky as it can stick to you. Your clothes, your hair, your furniture, and even your pets can play host to pollen. So one good way to keep yourself healthy is to wash anything the pollen might come into contact with. If you go outside, change your clothes when you get back and stick them in the wash. Shampoo your hair every night. Vacuum your floor and furniture you use a lot. And give your dogs and cats a brush down too. Anything to get rid of the pollen.

Tip #2 – Avoid the outdoors where you can

This tip doesn’t mean you should stay indoors forever (no matter how good at it we are now). But if you can avoid interacting with the outdoors, then it’s the best action to take. We mean something like not opening your windows; if you do, the pollen has an easy way to get inside.

Don’t hang your laundry outside – as we said in tip #1, it’s easy for pollen to stick to clothes. If someone else can do gardening in your household, maybe delegate that task to them. It’s about avoiding any unnecessary interactions with the outdoors.

Tip #3 – Dress appropriately

There are certain items you can wear that will reduce the chance you come into contact with pollen. First, you can invest in some wrap-around sunglasses. These make it harder for pollen to come into contact with your eyes, preventing watery, itchy eyes.

Another item is a cap or other hat. This stops pollen from getting in your hair, reducing the need to wash it as frequently. The last one you will already have – a mask. Pollen particles are actually quite large, meaning the mask you already use to prevent the spread of coronavirus might also help with your hay fever.

Hay fever isn’t fun and can put a real damper on your summer. But they say prevention is better than the cure. So take some basic steps to reduce the chance you come into contact with pollen and talk to your doctor about medication you can use to ease symptoms.

Allergy Clinic London has a team of allergists ready to help you discover and manage your allergies. Don’t let them control your life. Get in touch with us on 02031 433 449.

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