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Serisha Singh
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31 Aug 2017
10:25 am

Top tips for hayfever relief

Serisha Singh

Don’t let hayfever and sinus trouble put a damper on Spring.

Follow these top tips for relief and enjoy everything the warmer weather has to offer. In fact, most of them feature items you already have in your home.

But first, what is hayfever?

Hayfever is a form of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or plant spores. It usually affects the nose and nasal passages as well as the sinuses, eyes and throat.

Keep an eye on the pollen count

This provides an indication of the prevalence of pollen. It also allows you to take precautionary measures. For example, don’t hang your washing out on high pollen days as a number of spores will stick to your washing and make you feel I’ll when you wear them.

Boost your vitamin C intake

Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine so adding more of it to your diet will help you cope better. Good sources include kiwi, citrus fruit and red peppers.

Create a pollen barrier

Apply a thin layer of lip balm or Vaseline on your nostrils. This will help trap pollen before it makes its way into your nasal passages.

Go for ginger

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory which helps reduce nasal swelling. Thus allowing you to breathe a little easier.

Consider chamomile

Chamomile tea helps to soothe inflammation in your airways. It also acts as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory too.

Shake off those spores

Plant spores and pollen particles are miniscule and stick to everything. This includes your clothing, skin and hair. Wash your hands regularly to prevent transferring them to your face faster. In addition, shower at night to wash off spores and get a good night’s rest.

Protect your eyes

Pollen can also enter your body through your eyes. So wear sunglasses when you’re outside to reduce the chances of irritation.

How do you handle hayfever? Comment below and let us know!

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