It’s the time of year when we all want to spend as much time as we can outdoors – the weather is nice and the kids are now off school or about to break up for the summer, however for us Hay Fever sufferers it’s so hard to spend time outdoors with our suffering badly due to the pollen’s in the air.
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.
What causes Hay Fever
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants. – www.nhs.uk
Sometimes it can be hard to work out if your child (or you) are suffering from a common cold or from Hay Fever – time will tell you for sure as Hay Fever will last for weeks or even months while a cold will disappear after 1-2 weeks.
Signs of Hay Fever include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- A runny or blocked nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Loss of smell
- Pain around your temples and forehead
- Feeling tired
You may have one of these, a combination or if you are really unlucky all of the above at times, I personally always suffer all symptoms except Headaches.
Sadly there is no actual cure for Hay Fever but there are things you can do to help relieve symptoms and bring some relief.
Top Tips for helping to relieve Hay Fever Symptoms
- Avoid drying clothes outside as pollen’s collect on your clothes
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
- Shower before bed to remove pollen from your hair and body
- Was your face after spending time outside – a cold compress can help to relieve sore and puffy eyes
- Vacuum regularly and wet dust to remove pollen which has been blown into your home
- Avoid having fresh flowers in the house
- Don’t cut the grass or walk on freshly cut grass
- Apply a barrier balm to your nostrils before heading outdoors – I use HayMax which is a multi-award winning, drug-free, non-drowsy allergen barrier balm. HayMax traps pollen, dust and pet allergens before they enter the body. Suitable for the whole family, including pregnant and breastfeeding women & children.
There are a few varieties of this balm available: One for Kids, Pure, Lavender, Aloe Vera & Frankincense.They all do the same thing which is to help prevent pollens from entering the nostrils. Made from a blend of beeswax and seed oils these come in little pots which look similar to lip balms, you apply a little to the rim of your nostrils (or/and the bones around your eyes) and it helps to provide a barrier from pollen. Small enough to pop into a purse or a bag you can carry around and apply 3-4 times a day.
- Wearing wraparound sunglasses with help protect your eyes from pollen
- Also tie long hair up and wearing a hat can help too
- A spoonful of Honey a day – honey can desensitise your body to other pollen’s and reduce hay fever symptoms. It also happens to be the most delicious remedy out of all the choices. Try an unprocessed honey, like Manuka
- camomile Tea can help to relieve inflammation in your airways. Not only is chamomile an antioxidant with an antihistamine effect. I have also been told that Nettle Tea can help but I’ve not tried myself
- Saline sprays can help to clean out the nostrils and relieve symptoms too
- Decongestant sprays can help with some of the symptoms
- Antihistamines are also available if the drug-free solutions aren’t working – although you’ll have to be careful as some can make you drowsy. During really high pollen counts I have to alternate brands of Antihistamines (do consult your pharmacist or doctor first)
- Eye drops or Eye wash can help relieve itchy and sore eyes
Do you have anything else to suggest which you find helps?
Disclaimer: I was provided with a selection of HayMax for inclusion within this post
Other Top Tips from a Former Nanny posts can be found here.