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Health & Fitness Hay fever remedies that a pharmacist recommends

16:15  23 april  2021
16:15  23 april  2021 Source:   redonline.co.uk

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The joys of spring are here, but so too is hay fever season and, if you're reading this article, it's likely that you're already starting to suffer with the pesky symptoms that come with it.

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Whether your hay fever shows itself as watering eyes, constant sneezing, itchiness or other cold-like ailments, it can really ruin a picnic with friends or a much-needed day out.

'As we ease out of lockdown, it’s likely that we’ll all be spending much more time outdoors, which does increase our risk of hay fever and allergy symptoms as a result of pollen exposure,' says LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Anshu Kaura. 'Pollen levels tend to increase on dry sunny days and the count can vary depending on how hot it is.'

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Kaura adds: 'However, not only does the weather pattern impact the pollen count, time of day does too. On clear, sunny days the pollen count is often at is highest in the early evening, and as such it can be a time where people suffer symptoms most intensely.'

While there is currently no cure for hay fever, many people find that their symptoms improve as they get older and, in the meantime, there are all sorts of hay fever remedies that you can try out to give you short-term relief.

We've rounded up the best hay fever remedies out there right now, so that you could be sniffle-free by the weekend.

Home hay fever remedies

These remedies for hay fever and allergies can easily be carried out at home or throughout the day when you're out and about, and, for the most part, won't cost you anything.

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  • Apply Vaseline under your nose and around your nostrils to trap pollen and prevent it from getting in.
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes (which is also a great go-to for when you've got red, glassy eyes while out and about).
  • Shower and change your clothes after being outdoors and put your worn clothes into the wash immediately.
  • Try to keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible to prevent pollen getting in.
  • Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter.
  • If you love herbal teas, you’ll be glad to know that many of them are a natural remedy for hay fever allergies. Chamomile, liquorice and nettle tea all contain antioxidants and antihistamines. The soothing warmth of the tea can also help to clear your nose.

Natural hay fever remedies

'Due to the vast number of symptoms of allergies and hay fever, there is rarely one treatment which will work for everyone. However, knowing your symptoms can help you pick the right treatment for you,' Anshu explains.

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'Natural treatments are popular for use on their own and can often also be used alongside other medicines. Natural treatments can be a good option as there are limited side effects and interactions.'

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Medical hay fever remedies

Most people turn to conventional antihistamines to help calm hay fever symptoms. These work by blocking histamines and, if taken before coming into contact with pollen, they can actually stop the release of histamine.

Taking them once symptoms have started can still be effective in helping to reduce the severity of side effects, though might take longer to have an impact.

Nutrition hay fever remedies

Many fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods are natural antihistamines. This means they contain chemicals that can interrupt or obstruct the histamine receptors in your immune system.

By lowering histamine levels these foods can lessen allergic reactions and symptoms. For example, in the case of hay fever, congestion and eye irritation.

Foods that are rich in flavonoids could also help. Apples, citrus fruits and berries are good natural food sources.

Other foods that are brilliant hay fever remedies include: carrots, sweet potatoes, lemons, grapefruits and soya products.

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