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!