It’s that time of year again when the nights become lighter, days are longer, and the air is filled with the smell of barbecues and the sound of children playing. But, if you suffer from hay fever, summer becomes a nightmare rather than the enjoyable season that it should be. Sneezing, itchy eyes or ears and a runny nose should be reserved for the flu in winter, right? If only.
Thankfully, we’ve hunted for some proven, effective methods of alleviating your hay fever symptoms and no, they don’t include staying indoors and missing out on a glowing tan.
Vaseline petroleum jelly has a myriad of health uses, so it’s no surprise that it can come in handy for preventing hay fever symptoms. Although you won’t be able to completely cure your hay fever with Vaseline, taking a small amount and rubbing it on the inside of your lower nostrils will help to block pollen from entering your nasal passages. For the most part, you’ll be able to say goodbye to sneezing every time you step out into the sun – just remember to take some extra Vaseline with you as it may wear off quickly.
Keep a Clean House:
During the Spring and Summer months when hay fever symptoms are at their worst, you can become easily affected by other allergens such as dust around your home. This can make things even worse – what are you to do if you start to sneeze when you go outside, and again when you come home? The solution to this is to keep everything squeaky clean. Be sure to vacuum regularly – getting a vacuum with a high-efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filter is even better. Avoid build-up of dust particles in your home by damp-dusting regularly. Don’t dry-dust, as this will send particles of dust and pollen into the air and probably up your nose.
Wash Your Pets:
Dogs and cats are our best friends, even though no cat would ever admit it. So, if you suffer from hay fever, nobody’s asking you to get rid of your four-legged companion – that would be too cruel. But, there’s no denying that pets can be one of the worst hay fever triggers, especially if they go outdoors often and return covered in pollen particles just waiting to set your symptoms off. During the summer, most pets prefer to be outside anyway – so use this to your advantage. If you must bring your pet indoors, wash them regularly to remove any pollen from their fur. Since cats clean their fur themselves on a regular basis, you may be able to get away with forgoing Mr. Puss-in-Boots’ shower.
Hire a Gardener:
Hate gardening? Then finally, you can be grateful to your hay fever for something. Outdoor tasks such as cutting grass are almost certainly going to bring on a torrent of hay fever symptoms at full pelt, even if you wear a protective mask. So, if you were searching for an excuse to hire a gardener, you have it! If you must do any work in your garden that can’t be escaped, then time it right. Pollen count is at its highest during the early morning, evening and at night – these times are best avoided.
Dry Clothes Indoors:
If you like to hang your damp laundry on the washing line to dry outdoors, this could be contributing to the severity of your hay fever symptoms. Drying clothes outdoors can certainly help you to save money on your utility bills, but, it’ll come at a non-monetary price that involves a lot of sneezing and puffy eyes. Instead, set up an indoor washing line or get a cover for your outdoor one, so that you can still save money whilst avoiding the demon pollen.
Do you suffer from hay fever? If these tips work for you, then we’d love to hear from you in the comments!