Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is something that can affect both adults and children in the spring and summer months, just when it’s starting to get warm and we all want to be outside! Avoiding pollen can be hard though, due to the many different types of pollens which are released at different times of the year.
For some, the risk of increased and severe symptoms outweighs the desire to be outdoors.
The good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to help manage symptoms, reduce your exposure to pollen and ensure you can get out and about this summer.
1. Start treatments early
Using treatments like nasal steroid sprays before the start of the pollen season may help to reduce the inflammation in the nose that contributes to the symptoms of Hay fever. And using antihistamines at the start of the season may help to reduce itchy eyes and a runny nose so symptoms will be more manageable when outside.
2. Consider your wardrobe choices
Accessories like hats and wraparound sunglasses can stop pollen from reaching your face, hair, and importantly, eyes.
3. Try using an allergen barrier balm
Some allergy sufferers find that applying an allergen barrier balm around the base of the nostrils and around sunglasses creates a barrier to airborne allergens.
4. Schedule your daily outings carefully
By monitoring pollen forecasts daily, you can work out when the pollen count is going to be high (generally on warmer, drier days) and when you’ll need to be extra prepared. The general rule of thumb is that the pollen count is higher in early mornings and evenings no matter the weather, so if you’re planning to go outside, try to avoid these times.
5.Brave the rainy weather
Pollen counts are lower during, or right after, a rain shower – so if you’re feeling brave pull on your raincoat and head outdoors when the weather takes a turn!