With hay fever season in full swing here are some tips for trying to reduce symptoms:
- Rub some Vaseline on the inside of each nostril to catch any pollen entering the nasal passage
- Avoid drying clothes outdoors to prevent pollen adhering to them
- Late morning and late afternoon are peak hours for a high pollen count so keep doors and windows closed in your car and house and if at all possible, try and avoid being outdoors during this period of time
- Avoid sleeping with your bedroom window open
- Keep your car windows closed while driving
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses to prevent pollen from affecting your eyes
- Have a shower after being outdoors and change your clothes to wash any pollen residue away
- Avoid areas of grassland
- If possible get someone else to mow the lawn otherwise wear a mask covering both your mouth and nose
- Don’t smoke and stay away from others who are smoking as smoke can aggravate hayfever
- Keep used tea bags in the fridge as these can be used as a cold compress to soothe puffy eyes
- Keep antihistamines to hand for times when you have a bad allergy attack. Talk to your pharmacist about which antihistamine would be best suited to you.
Check the pollen count each day on https://www.met.ie/forecasts/pollen and plan your day accordingly.