Summer is brilliant. Whether you spend most of your free time sitting in a beer garden enjoying a refreshing drink with your friends in the sunshine, or chilling with the kids, enjoying ice-creams in your back garden, everything seems to be easier in the sunshine. Even walking to and from work can be more enjoyable, and parenting is certainly easier when we can all get outdoors for a few hours or head off on a trip instead of being stuck inside all of the time. But, it’s not all positive. Everyone’s a little sticky and sweaty, you might struggle with your skin, you’ll worry about keeping the kids covered up and safe and sleeping in the hot weather can be unbearable. For many people, perhaps the worst part of summertime is coping with hay fever.
Not everyone suffers, but if you it can easily blight your summer. You might find yourself avoiding being outdoors for too long, and staying away from some of the fun outdoor activities like camping and attending festivals, where you’d be surrounded by grass and pollen. Your symptoms might include runny and itchy eyes, runny nose, cough, swollen face and difficulty sleeping. But, it doesn’t have to ruin your summer or keep you indoors. There are plenty of things that you can do to reduce your symptoms. Here’s a look at some of the best.
There are no prizes for suffering through hay fever without help, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with turning to medication for relief. What you need will depend on your symptoms and what you are battling. Look here for some great options, including nasal sprays, eye drops, and antihistamines.
Lots of Washing
Pollen sticks to everything. It gets all over your hair, face, clothes and bedding. This can mean that your symptoms are just as bad when you are at home, and can stop you sleeping. Washing your bedding regularly, changing your clothes every day, and washing your hands and face throughout the day can help to get rid of pollen.
Dust and Vacuum
Pollen doesn’t just stick to clothing and other textiles. It’s on everything, from your floors to your shelves. Hoover every day, especially if you’ve had your doors and windows open and dust any flat surfaces with a damp cloth to pick up the pollen, instead of just moving it around.
Be Careful with Pets
Letting pets outside is an easy way to bring pollen in without realising. Small pets, like rabbits, can live inside quite happily in the summer months. Larger animals like cats and dogs need time outdoors, so make sure you wash and wipe them down regularly, and wash your hands after handling them.
Look After Your Nose
Your nose is the easiest way for pollen to get into your body. So, take care of it. Keep it clean, wipe it thoroughly if it’s runny, washing your hands afterwards, and even try putting a little Vaseline around the edge of your nose to catch the pollen before it gets in.
Tie Your Hair Up
Tying your hair up works in two ways. Firstly, hard that is tightly tied back will catch less pollen than hair that is moving freely when you are outdoors. Secondly, tied up hair won’t get in your face, spreading the pollen. It’s a good idea to wash your hair every day to stop the pollen getting on your pillow, but just rinsing it in warm water is enough if you don’t want to shampoo.
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