If you, like me, suffer with hayfever then round about this time of year, you’re probably experiencing itchy eyes and a runny nose. I’ve suffered with hay fever for about fifteen years now and I’ve learnt a few things along the way, and wanted to share with you some of my top tips:
Hayfever Top Tips:
- Wash your hair daily – Pollen gets trapped in your hair which can make your symptoms worse as the pollen is literally following you around, becoming your cloud of misery. Showering at night helps to wash off all the days pollen and gives you a hay fever free nights sleep.
- Local honey – By having local honey from the local bees, this really helps to reduce your symptoms as you become more immune to the pollen. I try to add a spoonful into my diet everyday, whether thats in porridge, granola or in a salad dressing.
- Keep your windows shut – this sounds like an obvious one but by opening your windows, you’re practically inviting the pollen into your home! The struggle is when its really warm and it feels like an oven inside so you’re tempted to open a window to let a breeze in, but you’re also letting in the pollen!
- Don’t eat outside – this can really be a struggle when all your friends and family want to have barbecues and picnics to “make the most of the weather” which might be great for them but sucks for you. The easiest solution is to eat inside as much as possible! Try to help them understand how uncomfortable you will be if you eat outside which might help.
- Sunglasses – these act as a great barrier between the pollen and your eyes and I wear them as much as possible when I’m outside during hayfever season.
- Pollen calendar – this can help you understand which sort of pollen you’re allergic to by looking at what times of year different pollen is around and matching it up to the times of year you experience symptoms. A quick google can tell you all you need to know! I’m allergic to grass pollen so my symptoms rears its ugly head in around May and June.
- Pollen forecast – You should also check out the weather forecast for the day as they also tend to show the pollen count during May and June which is super helpful!
- Tissues – these will become your best friend or your worst enemy by the end of hayfever season. I strongly recommend using tissues that come with balsam oil to help moisturise your poor nose which can be dry and sensitive by the end of hay fever season.
- Olbas oil – this comes in an oil form where you can put drops on your pillow at night or even a few on some tissues and this will really help to clear your blocked nose. It also comes as an inhaler stick form which I find easier on the go.
- Hayfever tablets – again, another obvious one, but they really do help! I’ve tried all sorts of different versions and my favourite are the Tescos own brand version. One a day is all I need and you can definitely tell when I haven’t taken it.
- Beconaise nasal spray – I also combine my tablets with a nasal spray which really helps to relieve symptoms.
- Waterproof mascara – finally, waterproof mascara is a MUST. The amount of times my makeup is ruined because of streaming eyes is countless.
You might also want to have a read of my >> Makeup for Hayfever Sufferers << post because we all know how those itchy eyes and streaming nose can ruin your makeup in a second!
Do you suffer from hay fever too? What top tips do you recommend?