From mid-May all the way through to July (one of the warmest times of the year) when a lot of us like to make the most of the Sun and fresh air, pollen counts reach their peak and Hay fever begins! So, we decided to put together this guide on what Hay fever is and how to do your best to combat it!
What is Hay fever?
Hay fever is a collection of symptoms that usually effect the nose and the eyes after exposure to pollen. The type of pollen that can cause Hay fever varies dependant on the individual persons allergy.
If you have a pollen allergy and there is a high pollen count in the air, your body starts producing antibodies and releasing inflammatory histamines. This causes the blood vessels in your nose to swell, one of the symptoms of Hay fever. Water eyes are another common symptom of Hay fever as it is our bodies natural response to the pollen to try and wash it out. Your eyes can also become red, itchy and sticky as the immune system reacts to the pollen.
Interestingly, it is though that around 24% of people in the UK suffer from Hay fever, so you are far from alone!
If you have a specific brand of antihistamines that you buy year on year, don’t. Try to mix it up and change tablets every two years, otherwise you risk becoming immune to them.
Anything above 50 pollen grains/m3 air is considered high. If you suffer badly with Hay fever, it is always a good idea to check the pollen count so that you have any tablets or eye drops you might need to hand. A great app to use to get daily pollen counts and forecast is Klara – Pollen count, available on both the Apple Store and Google Play.
Making sure that you change out of your clothes as soon as you get home means that you are spending less time around the pollen you have potentially brought into the house, washing clothes straight away is even better. Making sure that clothes aren’t dried outside is another important tip. Drying clothes outside after washing them will transfer pollen back into your home and defeat the object of washing them in the first place.
If pollen is affecting you badly at night, then it could be that you are bringing pollen into your bed without realising it. Making sure that you have washed your body and hair thoroughly before bed can decrease the chances of being affected by the symptoms of Hay fever during the night.
We hope that this guide can help people suffering from Hay fever. If you know any other useful tips or tricks for battling through Hay fever season, let us know and we will add them!