Hay fever is an allergic reaction to the pollen of trees, grasses and flowers. Individuals who have this seasonal condition have symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, inflamed sinuses and itchy eyes. It usually affects people during summer and springtime, specifically at the end of spring when trees’ pollen are shedding off.
In order to beat hay fever this spring, here are some suggested tips;
On Watch for Pollen Forecast
It can be helpful to regularly monitor the forecast on weather and pollens. It may serve to warn us on what to bring outdoors such as sun glasses and masks. If possible, people with high risk of catching hay fever can limit going outdoors to areas with grasses and flowers during this period. If predictions on pollens are not available in the area, checking the weather might help. Pollen counts are lower on colder and wetter days because rain helps in washing the pollens away from the air.
Shut the Doors and Windows
Pollen counts are at its highest at certain period of the day such as early morning and late afternoon. It is wise to close the doors and windows during these times. Car windows should also be closed when driving in this period. It is also suggested to turn on the car’s air-condition so that when the door is opened, pollinated air cannot come in.
Make the Humidifier Useful
Pollens that cause hay fever thrive in dry air. High humidity causes the pollen granules to become too dense to float in the air, thus, significantly reducing the amount of allergens circulating in the house. Humidifying the air could be one of the effective ways of preventing and managing hay fever. Moreover, humidified air can give moisturizing effect of the atmosphere which is helpful in symptoms like nasal drip, irritation and sore eyes.
Bring out Sun Glasses
Because pollen lingers in the air, it could easily get into the eyes. It is suggested to wear wide sunglasses when going outdoors in order to protect the eyes from pollinated air.
Put on Petroleum Jelly
Another way to limit exposure to the hay fever-causing allergens is to dab petroleum jelly or Vaseline in the nostrils and eyelids in order to infiltrate the pollen.
Practice Spring Special Bedtime Routine
It is important not to bring pollens inside the house, particularly in the bedroom. Hence, the advice is to remove clothing items including footwear and bags used for the day before entering the bedroom. It is also recommended to take a shower first before sleeping; making sure that the hair is also washed. Covering the hair with the towel or shower cap might help for those individuals who might be too tired to take a shower.
Boost Immune System
Apparently, the most important technique to avoid having hay fever during spring is sustaining the body’s immune system. Vitamins and minerals that particularly help in boosting our defence system are vitamin C and zinc. Citrus fruits and green vegetables are best sources of vitamin C, while zinc can be found in milk, bread, peanuts, cheese and other poultry products. Drinking plenty of water is also helpful.
Aside from diet, we can also enhance immunity by engaging in regular exercises and physical activities to keep healthy blood circulation and to get some fresh air. The same is required for rest and sleep. When the body gets exhausted, our immune system most likely decline too. Thus, it is advisable to have at least 6 hours of sleep per day.
Seasons change and spring will come; so does the threat of hay fever. These are some of the practical ways of preventing hay fever. It is also important to pair these suggestions with the regular preventive medical treatment which are prescribed by the doctor such as corticosteroid sprays and antihistamines.