It’s hayfever time again…
The hayfever season is here and there’s more than 400,000 Irish people who will sneeze, wheeze and feel itchy through the summer months.
Bearing in mind that May, June and early-July are the peak season for hayfever, you need to be on high alert and taking preventative steps now to help minimise symptoms over the coming months.
According to Irish Pharmacy Union vice-president Rory O’ Donnell: “It is not possible to avoid hayfever symptoms altogether, but there are some situations you can avoid and things you can do to minimise the symptoms. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants can help, but ideally anyone suffering from hayfever should ask their pharmacist first about the best treatment options for them.”
There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your symptoms:
•Keep doors and windows closed in mid-morning and early evening when pollen levels peak.
•Avoid lying on the grass.
•Apply a little Vaseline inside the nose to trap pollen and stop it being inhaled.
•Take necessary medication.
•Eye drops to soothe irritated eyes.
•Keep car windows shut when driving.
•Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound sunglasses which prevent pollen entering the eyes.
•Don’t mow the grass and avoid working in the garden.
•Don’t dry clothes outside if possible.
•Wash your hair, hands and face when you come back indoors and change your clothes to get rid of any pollen.
Sláinte’s top tip for hayfever and allergic rhinitis symptoms is the Buteyko Breathing Method which has been really beneficial to someone in my family.
Buteyko practictioner Patrick McKeown has brilliant methods to help reduce symptoms and unblock your nose. For more information, visit: www.hayfever.ie/unblock_your_nose_in_a_few%20minutes.html