Tips on dealing with hay fever 

Whether summer has hit where you are right now or not, chances are, if you’re a hay fever sufferer like me, you’ve already started or are starting to think about what you’re going to do to make these summer months sneeze-free. I have been a chronic hay fever sufferer since I was little and whilst I am eternally grateful that that is where my ailments stop and whilst I’m fully aware it could be much, much worse, that doesn’t mean that I don’t suffer terribly during the summer. Because I do. Boy, I do. Think about my eyes so swollen I can barely see and not being able to breathe through my nose without the help of a nasal spray for months on end. What a pretty sight that is!

Hay fever is one of the most common allergies and so many people suffer with it to some extent at some point throughout the year. So whether you need to lock yourself away in a room with no windows and no way for pollen to get in for 3 months out of the year or whether you have the sneezes every once in a while, here are some of my tips on dealing with hay fever to make your summer a little less… snotty.

Steam face if you have sinus headache: For an entire week last summer, I had a sever sinus headache because I was so blocked. Around my eyes, at the back of my head and around my ears were in agony and the only thing that remotely helped was steaming my face. We have a brilliant face steamer at home but if you don’t, just grab a bowl of boiling water, stick a towel over your head and get your face in it (not literally)

Take a tablet every day without fail (and go to the docs for something stronger if you need to): Ideally, you need to start taking hay fever tablets before you get symptoms, so then your body builds up an immunity somewhat to the pollen when it does arrive. Although hay fever tablets won’t magically stop all your symptoms completely, they do take the edge off. So if it’s safe for you to do so and of course consulting with a doctor first, make sure you take your tablets!

Shut windows as much as you can: I know it’s difficult if it’s hot outside but if you possibly can, shutting your windows – especially when you’re out of the house – can really make a world of difference because damn pollen will find its way in everywhere!

Wash your hair more: I only learnt this one a few years ago but it makes so much sense and can really make a whole lot of difference. Pollen sticks to everything. Everything. And hair is a great place for it to get in and stay there. double the amount you wash your hair in the summer and especially if you’ve been somewhere particularly grassy for the day!

Eye drops and nasal spray: Again, as long as it’s safe to do so and with consulting your doctor first, get yourself some eye drops and nasal spray. Targeting the individual symptoms can make a whole lot of difference rather than relying on the one tablet to do everything.

Check the pollen level daily (BBC weather app): Check the pollen daily before you leave the house, if you are leaving the house so you know whether you’re going to need to take extra “stuff” to manage during the day (tissues, eye drops etc.). The BBC Weather app includes a ‘low’, ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ pollen count daily in the summer!

Are you a hay fever sufferer? What do you do to combat those annoying symptoms? Any other tips? Let us know!

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32 thoughts on “Tips on dealing with hay fever 

  1. My sister gets terrible hay fever and it mixes with her allergies and asthma leaving her not being able to breathe well (allot more in the summer weather) and then her anxiety sets in because of it. I’m always on the lookout for stuff that might help her so this post is amazing! Recently we got her some local honey to have a spoonful of each day as my nan who also suffers hay fever has found it helps because the local honey will counteract with the local pollen and stop it’s worst symptoms. Great post! Have a lovely day 😄💗

    • I heard the honey thing too – I hate honey it makes me feel sick but I might just suck it up and eat it! Thanks for commenting! I hope your sister doesn’t get too bad this year and she finds some stuff that helps her!

  2. Nasal sprays are my go to. I’ve tried so many pills that never did anything. Or maybe they did, but it didn’t seem like they did. I’m now doing immunotherapy. It takes a couple of years (2-5 depending on the method), but then I shouldn’t have any symptoms anymore at all. It already seems to be lessening. Though I still have my best friend nose spray around at the moment.

  3. Steam is my one and only cure during summer, (actually during most of the year since I live in a tropical monsoon area) and usually, I have to inhale steam every day if I want to avoid medications like tablets or nasal sprays. There are days when it gets really awful and I must go to the doctor, but they always look at me sadly and say “You should move to Canada. That’s your only long time cure.” XD

  4. My son (7) got sent home the other day because his hay fever was acting up, he hadn’t had it in a year so we hadn’t taken any precautions and on a nature walk it flared up because they were leaning in to look at flowers etc. When his teacher brought him out his eyes were so so swollen and he couldn’t stop sneezing. She said a few of them had gotten it and not to worry but I felt so guilty. It’s been acting up since but we’ve started giving him a hay fever medicine. I am planning on going into the doctor with him to figure out something more permanent, it says you can’t stay on it longer than a month. We’ve started the honey thing too but he was so bad that day that we do have to figure something out! Great post, windows are all shut now!

    • Oh no! That reminds me of when I was in primary school on a school trip and my eyes were so bad I could barely see and they hurt SO MUCH. Hope some of these tips help a bit and your son can find something that works for him!

  5. Oh wow, I’ve never thought of steaming my face after a day outside, but that makes so much sense! I’ll have to break out my facial steamer more often; my nose has been so insanely itchy the past few days. Thanks for this!

    Amber || mylifeinlimbo.com

    • Face steamers are the best?! If you get blocked too, they you can buy these little pots of menthol crystals which you put in the water and it clears your sinuses because obvs hay fever can sometimes give you sinus headaches! xx

  6. I’ve never suffered with it before but this summer I suddenly have! Also, ever since I came home from Uni I’ve been allergic to cats and there are THREE in my house! I’ll definitely be using some of these tips – I’ve never thought about washing hair more as a treatment! x

    • That’s so weird that you’ve just randomly developed hay fever and an allergic reaction to cats this year?! I hope some of these help a bit and YES the hair washing one is something people overlook so easily but it makes totally sense, especially if you’ve got long hair! xx

  7. These are all brilliant tips, thank you for sharing! I don’t usually suffer with hay fever, and hopefully I won’t this year but my fiancé does, he struggles massively with it so definitely going to be showing this post to him and hopefully it will help as summer goes on!

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  8. Hey, Jenny! Thankfully my daily Cetrizine generally manages my allergies. I am from the US and when I moved to the UK,I saw an uptick in my sensitivity and since I started taking the anti-allergen daily it’s helped so much!

    • Wow, really? We must have stronger pollen over here! I use medication with that ingredient in but unfortunately doesn’t help me THAT much. Going to the docs next week to hopefully get something stronger!

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