Summer’s on the way and ever the optimists, many Irish people are already planning to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the weather and topping up on Vitamin D. Fingers crossed!
From a health perspective, there are lots of ways we can prepare for more outdoor living – see our article on Solgar products for a start. But if you are one of those people – and there’s a lot of us in Ireland! – that suffers from hay fever, then you might be feeling a little anxious about the months ahead. Try not to; the good news is that there are lots of things you can do to avoid hay fever and to treat the symptoms if you do get affected. Keep reading and hopefully, there’s some useful tips here that you haven’t come across before.
Significant investment into research has been ongoing in relation to hay fever and new approaches and treatments for symptoms regularly come onto the market. That’s not surprising given the number of people that are impacted; according to the Asthma Society of Ireland, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people in Ireland suffer from hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis.
What causes Hay Fever?
This is an allergic reaction that occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens such as pollen, dust, air pollution, and pet dander and it leads to a number of uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of Hay Fever
Symptoms of hay fever can range from mild to severe and can include sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy eyes, ears, nose, and throat, fatigue, and headaches. In some cases, hay fever symptoms can interfere with daily activities, making it difficult to concentrate at work or school and affecting the overall quality of life.
Often people will notice symptoms when they are outside and exposed to high levels of pollen in the air. However, it’s interesting to note that hay fever is more common in urban areas than in rural settings. This is because cities and towns tend to have higher levels of pollution, which can exacerbate hay fever symptoms. And obviously, this means that people can suffer year-round.
Hay Fever Prevention
Having said that, symptoms can worsen during hot, dry weather conditions when pollen is more likely to be released into the air. So what can you do to minimise the impact? Here are a few ideas;
- Pollen can stick to your clothes. Because of this, during the summer you might want to avoid drying your clothes outside or you’re at risk of basically wearing pollen!
- If you’re planning a holiday, check out what the pollen count is expected to be in the area at the time. Obviously, if you suffer badly from symptoms and your target destination generally has a very high pollen count when you plan to go there, you might want to consider a different location – there’s a lot of places to see in the world!
- Close your windows at night. Hay fever can be difficult enough to deal with, without getting a poor night’s sleep on top of it all. Don’t let pollen into your bedroom.
- Keep the windows rolled up while driving. Driving can be stressful, and rolling the windows down to invite in a cool breeze can be tempting, but it might be much better for you to use air conditioning instead (as long as you have good filters).
- Something that may surprise you is that going to the beach is a good way to avoid hay fever! The lack of vegetation at the water’s edge results in a lower level of pollen, and strong winds coming in from the sea go a little further in removing any pollen from the immediate area.
On top of these avoidance measures, you can also turn to HealthMatters.ie for some of the best treatments on the market.
Hay fever treatment
Fortunately, there are several products available designed to help alleviate hay fever symptoms, and the following ones are popular with our customers….
Check out A.Vogel Pollinosan Nasal Spray. This natural option is made from a blend of seven different herbs and helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages, providing relief from nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and itching.
Another product that can provide relief from hay fever symptoms is Fusion Allergy Eye Drops. These eye drops contain natural ingredients such as chamomile and eyebright, which help to soothe and moisturize the eyes, providing relief from itchy and irritated eyes caused by allergies.
For those looking to reduce inflammation and support the immune system, Macanta Quercetin Complex is a dietary supplement that contains a combination of natural ingredients such as quercetin, vitamin C, and bromelain, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Otosan Nasal Spray is a natural saline nasal spray that can help flush out allergens from the nasal passages, providing relief from congestion and other nasal symptoms.
A.Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Eye Drops are another natural option for those looking for relief from itchy, watery eyes caused by hay fever. These eye drops are made from a blend of natural ingredients such as Euphrasia officinalis and can help to soothe and moisturize the eyes.
Solgar Quercetin Complex is a dietary supplement that contains a combination of natural ingredients such as quercetin, vitamin C, and bromelain, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Viridian Betaine HCL is a dietary supplement that can help to improve digestion and reduce inflammation in the gut. This supplement contains betaine hydrochloride, which helps to increase the acidity of the stomach, aiding in the digestion of food.
Viridian Quercetin B5 Plus is another dietary supplement that contains a combination of natural ingredients such as quercetin, vitamin B5, and nettle leaf, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
A.Vogel Luffa Complex is a natural option for those looking for relief from nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and itching. This complex contains a blend of natural ingredients such as luffa, galphimia, and histaminum, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
All of these products and more can be found at Healthmatters.ie, a reliable source for high-quality hay fever relief products.
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