In spring we are coming up to the time of year when all the trees and flowers are starting to wake up from their winter slumber and getting ready to bloom for the summer. But for 30% of you that suffer from hay fever it can be a long few months with all of the pollens that are circulating. The main symptoms you may suffer from can include frequent sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes that can get puffy, watery and an itchy throat. If you find you have these symptoms all year round it might be worth getting allergy tests with your doctor as it is more likely that you may have an allergy to dust, moulds or animals rather than seasonal trees and pollens.
So what can you do to help you through these few months?
- Try and keep the windows and doors closed on windy days
- Wash you sheets, pillow cases and blankets in hot water once a week and leave them out in the sun for at least 4 hours to dry.
- Regular exercise can help reduce the severity of the hay fever symptoms
- Drinking plenty of water will help particularly after an episode of hay fever.
- Vitamin C can help but you need to take 1000mg a day, 500mg is not strong enough.
- Some supplements are available which contain a combination of horseradish, garlic and vitamin C.
- Vitamin E supplements can also reduce the symptoms of hay fever.