Valuable tips to remember for hay fever (rhinitis)
- Posted on- Aug 10, 2015
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Suffering from hay fever can be more than annoyance. You’re not exactly sick, but with itchy eyes, a scratchy throat and an endless stream of nose stuff, you become the centre point of laughing stock. Unfortunately those suffering from hay fever, the clear the weather, the worse they’ll suffer. However, if you keep these invaluable tips at the back of your mind, there are chances you’ll not suffer from hay fever.
- One simple yet effective tip to reduce your discomfort is to apply a layer of Vaseline just inside both nostrils. This will restrict the amount of pollen entering your nose, causing it to stick to the Vaseline and be wiped away.
- Even when it’s not sunny, wear sunglasses while going out. Choose sunglasses that cover the eyes well to avoid more pollen entering that area and making you itch.
- When pollen count is at its peak (late in the morning and afternoon), do yourself a favour and keep your windows closed during these times, as well as while you sleep. While driving, it’s wise to turn on your car’s air-conditioner.
- Antihistamines will work to block the body’s production of histamine, but it’s worth noting that these will have little effect on a blocked nose. Avoid antihistamines that cause drowsiness during the day and opt for non-drowsy options. These will certainly work to calm down inflammation of the sinuses, but to clear a blocked nose, a decongestant is often required.
- If your hay fever is particularly bothersome, a steroid nasal spray may be used following a visit to your general physician.
- Your immune system works overtime to deal with hay fever. Therefore, it’s important to eat well, ensuring your intake of vitamins, minerals and super foods don’t slip, and you wind up feeling run down in general.
- Local honey has been extensively used in treating hay fever and works much the same as a vaccination. By eating honey you’re ingesting the pollen, therefore building up a resistance towards it, leaving you desensitised to the pollen that circulates around you.
- Vitamin C has antihistamine properties. Load up on oranges, lemon juice and grapefruit to benefit not only from the antihistamine but also the bioflavonoid that boast powerful anti-allergy effects.
- Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which opens the nasal passages. If you’ve ever noticed that your nose begins to run when you’re eating spicy food, that’ll be the capsaicin at work.
- Chamomile tea is said to work wonders as a natural anti-inflammatory agent as well as an antihistamine.
- Incorporating onions and garlic into as many meals as possible is also believed to help alleviate the symptoms associated with hay fever. The onions are a good source of quercetin that works as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory agent. Meanwhile, the garlic works hard to boost your immune system in general and acts as a decongestant.
Hay fever can make everyday life uncomfortable and tiring, with sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and an itchy throat
. Hay fever can also increase your risk of asthma
. If you get hay fever, you’re more likely to get asthma so it’s important to take hay fever seriously and try to treat the symptoms.