As the weather is getting warmer, nothing feels better than spending time outside. For some, this is a massive challenge when allergies are involved. Over 10 million Brit’s suffer from pollen allergies.
What are pollen allergies?
When plants bloom in the spring, they produce pollen. Pollen is the cause of allergy flare-ups. It is also, one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. When it comes to avoiding pollen, there is not much you can do, this is because pollen is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds. However, you can minimise the misery.
Symptoms of pollen allergies:
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and mouth
- Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
- Red and watery eyes
- Swelling around the eyes
Here are our top tips to surviving this spring with allergies:
- Check your local pollen count forecast – it is recommended to stay indoors on high pollen count days and peak pollen times which are usually between 5 and 10 am. Dry, warmer and breezy days are the worst for pollen allergies however, damp days are better days to go out as the wetness holds the pollen on the ground.
- Keep pollen from getting into your house- keep windows shut and use air conditioning.
- Change your clothes frequently – you should change your clothes as soon as you get in to avoid spreading pollen around your house.
- Treat – in regard to allergy medication, it is best to start taking medication before allergy symptoms strike.
- Avoid contact with pollen – when outdoors wear a mask or sunglasses to help avoid contact with pollen.
- Try and keep pollen you meet to a minimum- wash hair before bed so the pollen does not spread, wash bedsheets regularly once per week to help remove pollen.
- Don’t allow pets on your bed or in your bedroom.
You don’t have to dread this allergy season. Be sure to address your allergies, so you can make the most of this beautiful time of year and enjoy this season.