It feels as thought the entire country has been suddenly besieged by hayfever. But never fear, there are a few things you can do.
Dr Chris, the resident medic on ITV This Morning, has some winning ideas for how to combat incessant summer sneezing and blurry eyes and some of them aren’t a million miles away from what we’re used to doing thanks to the pandemic. Dr Chris says wearing facemasks, such as the ones we’ve worn for two years to protect us from Covid, can actually be very effective in keeping pollen out of our noses and mouths and may help alleviate the symptoms of hayfever.
Similarly, Dr Chris says wearing sunglasses can help keep pollen out of our eyes and he also recommends keeping bedroom windows closed at night and cover your bed and pillows with a cloth during the day, removing it carefully at night.
The weather is warming up but so too is the pollen count which is bad news for hayfever sufferers. While we love the smell of freshly cut grass, we inhale the scent at our peril with grass pollen being the most common cause of hay fever coming into July. Hayfever sufferers should have antihistamines handy and see their GP if it’s unmanageable, but in the meantime, here’s how to help ease irritation, at least a little bit…
Vaseline: Petroleum jelly or Vaseline can help soothe your irritated nose. Smear some inside each nostril to ease soreness caused by constant blowing and it can also catch pollen entering the nasal passage.
Take a cool shower: If you can’t stop sneezing, escape under a cold running shower. Not only will it help ease symptoms, but you should wash your hair and change you’re clothing if you’ve been outside. And if you don’t have time for a shower, put a cold cloth on your face and lie down for a few minutes.
Teabags: Put used tea bags in the fridge and use them as a cold compress to help sore, itchy eyes. Cucumber slices also work well for this.
Written by: thehitnetwork