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07 Jun 2016

5 Tricks to Tackle the Symptoms of Hayfever

 Don’t let the symptoms of hayfever spoil your summer. In our blog post below, we’ll let you in on some of our niftiest tricks to reduce or stop hayfever symptoms before they strike, so you can enjoy your summer as sniffle-free as possible.

A field of flowers containing allergens likely to cause hayfever

If only it was this easy to guarantee the summer weather! 

1.Stop pollen in its tracks with sunglasses and petroleum jelly

child wears sunglasses to prevent hayfever

As we all know, prevention is always better than the cure, and it’s possible to stop pollen entering your body by wearing large sunglasses (preferably the type that wrap around your face), and smearing petroleum jelly just inside your nostrils. 
Why? Because those are the two points of entry for pollen into your body – wearing sunglasses will prevent pollen from being blown into your eyes, and petroleum jelly inside your nostrils will ‘catch’ the pollen before it’s inhaled into your nasal passages, and can cause any unwanted hayfever symptoms. 

2.Don’t bring pollen into your home

windows are closed to keep out allergens which cause hayfever

Your home should be a sanctuary of relief from the symptoms of hayfever, not a cause of it – so make sure that you aren’t inadvertently inviting pollen into your home. Here’s how to keep your home pollen-free:
Keep your doors and windows closed at all times.
If you go outside when the pollen count is high, leave your shoes at the door when you get home. Then change out of your clothes, take a shower and wash your hair to remove the pollen that may have stuck to your skin and hair.
Outdoor pets can bring pollen into your home, so let them stay outside as much as possible, and wash them regularly if they do need to come into the house. 
Regularly wet dust and vacuum your home to stop pollen from spreading further.
Dry your clothes indoors so no pollen can get stuck to them on the washing line.

3.Take your antihistamines just before bedtime

child has taken hayfever medication to prevent allergies

As the pollen count is always highest in the morning, taking long-acting hayfever tablets before you go to bed will allow them to work overnight, and give you the best chance of waking up happy. 
If you forget, don’t worry – keeping some fast-acting hayfever and allergy tablets on hand at all times will ensure you’re covered whenever the pesky pollen count goes sky-high.

4.Spray the symptoms of hayfever away

girl takes nasal spray to control hayfever

If you’re only relying upon hayfever tablets to tackle your allergy symptoms, why not consider trying hayfever nasal sprays by brands such as Beconase and Prevalin? These dosed sprays are designed to prevent and treat the symptoms of hayfever, and also act as nasal decongestants, which can be very welcome when you’re feeling stuffy. 
At Rowlands Pharmacy we sell a selection of nasal sprays for hayfever and allergies – why not give them a try to see if they may be more effective for you?

5.Stick to soft drinks to beat the sneezes

soft drinks to prevent allergies

When you head to those afternoon BBQs this summer, consider leaving the booze behind and sticking to soft drinks instead. Alcohol, including beer, wine and spirits, contains histamine which is the chemical that triggers allergy symptoms in your body – in other words, drinking can make your hayfever symptoms worse. 
Alcohol also dehydrates you, which can increase your hayfever symptoms. Going booze-free at those summer events might not appeal to everyone, but surely it’s better than endless sneezing!
Have you taken our hayfever quiz to test just how much you know about hayfever and allergies? For a little light relief, take a look at our fun article about 10 things that every hayfever sufferer will understand too. And of course, don’t forget to check out our full range of hayfever and allergy products, available to buy online for fast delivery so you’re always prepared for those rocketing pollen counts.