10 Top Tips For Overcoming Your Hay Fever
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For some people, hay fever is merely an irritating runny nose which can be overcome by a quick dose of antihistamine tablets. For others, the full blown symptoms of sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and what is known as the 'thick head' are much more of a hindrance. With pollen counts being unusually high this year, it's not surprising that a Welsh newspaper recently reported that 11.8% of the Welsh workforce phone in sick to work because of the allergy.
So if you are suffering this summer, take a look at my top 10 tips below to get you through the season:-
1. Wear sunglasses â€“ This will stop the pollen getting into your eyes. Glasses that wrap around the side of your head are particularly good.
2. Keep an eye on the pollen count â€“ Although you may not want to lock yourself inside whenever it's high, it will at least give you an advanced warning.
3. Close your car windows â€“ I know its hot but switch to air conditioning, this will keep the pollen out of the car.
4. Beware mid-morning and early evening â€“ This is when pollen levels are at their peak! Close your windows and doors around this time of day to keep the pollen at bay.
5. Apply some Vaseline â€“ putting some Vaseline around the inside of your nose is said to reduce symptoms.
6. Avoid parks and fields in the early evening â€“ This is when the pollen levels are high and are floating around at nose level.
7. Get more vitamin C â€“ Fruit, particularly those with lots of vitamin C, will help boost your immune system and fight the effects of hay fever.
8. Change your clothes â€“ If you've spent the day outside, change your clothes when you get home to get rid of any pollen you may have picked up during the day. A shower will also rid you of any lurking pollen.
9. Stay re-hydrated â€“ Cut back on the alcohol and up your water intake. Being de-hydrated will make your symptoms seem worse.
10. Be lazy, get someone else to mow the lawn!
Enjoy the summer!
Trainee solicitor, Clinical Negligence team
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