Pollen count: Four ways to manage your hay fever symptoms when the count is high

Pollen count: Four ways to manage your hay fever symptoms when the count is high

Hay fever is very common around the world. Symptoms can worsen when the pollen count is high and this tends to be when the weather is warmer. Seasonal hay fever tends to develop when the body’s immune system overreacts to pollen from grass, trees and weeds. However there are many ways you can manage hay fever symptoms.

The most common is petroleum jelly, it can help pollen from sticking to the lining of the nose by placing a small thin layer to the inside of your nostrils.

Avogel suggests that using coconut oil as a barrier balm can also trap pollen before you breathe it in.

Dry your clothes indoors

Washing your clothes regularly and thoroughly will get rid of the pollen that clings to them.

Avogel recommends drying clothes and bedding indoors if possible.

Like pollen can stick to clothes and hair, it can also stick to washing when it is outside to dry.

Therefore by drying your clothes inside, pollen won’t be able to stick to your items, meaning that your hay fever symptoms should be more manageable.

Check the forecast

By keeping up to date with the pollen count, you can make sure to try and avoid going outside when it is high unless necessary.

Staying away from grass areas or cutting the grass can help reduce hay fever symptoms.

If you have to go outside when the pollen count is high, make sure to change clothes as soon as you get home so that you do not spread pollen indoors.

The weather can cause the pollen count to rise, usually when it is warmer weather the pollen count is often high, triggering hay fever symptoms.

Also when the pollen count is high, keeping windows shut during the day can help stop pollen getting inside.

The NHS advises that if hay fever symptoms worsen, then you should contact your local doctor as they may be able to prescribe medication that may be stronger than over the counter.

You can check the latest pollen count here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/pollen-forecast#?date=2020-04-27

Published at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 05:10:00 +0000