Practical tips to get you through this hay fever season.
Pay attention to the pollen counts.
There are monitors throughout the country that collect data on daily pollen counts within the different regions of Ireland. If the pollen count is high in your area, it is best to stay indoors until at least 10 am. This is when daily pollen is at it's highest and most airborne. You can view up to date counts at Met Eireann, www.met.ieforecasts/pollen.asp.
Keep the outside out!
When you go outside, pollen collects on your clothes, and hair. If you have pets, remember that pollen can gather in pet fur. When you're back inside, change your clothes, wash your hair and try to wipe your pet with a damp cloth. This limits the amount of pollen inside your house. Furthermore, keep the windows of your house closed as often as possible. Also if you have any houseplants, leave them outside for the summer!
Check out your garden.
If you have a garden or plants, it might be worth checking if they are high-allergen or low-allergen. Some plants are worse than others for triggering hay fever symptoms. There is a plant allergy scale called “OPALS” which you can use to look up specific plants in your garden. It may be a case of needing to get rid of one culprit!
Get a hay fever wardrobe.
Wrap-around sunglasses can stop pollen from getting into your eyes and a hat could stop pollen collecting in your hair. Consider wearing light fabric long trousers and long sleeve top instead of shorts and t-shirt. The less pollen you come into contact with, the better. Lastly, try putting some cream under the nose, it can catch pollen before it has a chance to irritate you. Makes sense!
Filter out your allergies.
Vacuum the house regularly, but try and make sure you empty the vacuum bag often. If you are buying a new vacuum cleaner, think about choosing one with a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA). If you are dusting the house, use a damp cloth rather than a dry cloth or feather duster. When you are getting your car serviced, ask to have the air filters checked and changed if necessary.
Choose the seaside over the countryside.
Generally speaking, the seaside has a lower pollen count than areas in the countryside. If you fancy an afternoon stroll, you will be better off walking by the sea than in a grassy area.
Thank you for reading. Please look out for further blogs on how to control hay fever using nutritional supplementation and diet.