To beat hayfever there are some simple things we can do to help…
The “MUST DOs” and “MUST HAVEs”
for success against hayfever.
Close all windows at night
Assuming you don’t sleep with animals and have gotten rid of your mould and indoor plants, your best chance at a good night’s sleep is to close all windows and vents before you go to bed.
Keep pets outside
It’s not Fluffy’s fur that’s the problem, it’s her dander (tiny skin particles) that makes you sneeze and wheeze. Be sure to bath pets regularly too.
For the sake of your hayfever, take control of your living arrangements and ensure all animals living quarters are kept separate from yours, and at the very least ensure animals cannot enter bedrooms at any time.
If you’ve got a house cat then keep your bedroom door closed with the cat out. You need to get your breathing space back.
Follow medication instructions
A doctor is the best source of advice – there are minimum and maximum (ceiling) dosage levels for hayfever medications that your doctor can advise you of. In any case your best strategy is to do exactly what a qualified professional advises, then report back to them with the results so they can best learn what will work best for you.
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Most importantly, do as you’re instructed, and don’t forget or fail to take your medication when you are supposed to. If you don’t take it properly it makes things so much more difficult.
Wear a mask in extreme conditions
Keep one at home, in the car, in your bag and at the office.
Despite the “disease” perception of personal protection masks in western countries, they are nevertheless worth wearing if you venture into areas extremely high in pollen count.
Maybe it’s the brief walk to get from the train to your house, or to take the dog for a quick walk, whatever the case you should prioritise the severity of your condition and the threat of windy, high-pollen areas over and above your fashion concerns.
If you are entirely “anti-mask” for some reason then you can buy small nose pollen masks that you insert inside your nostrils.
Drink non-alcoholic drinks
Histamine is your enemy if you have hayfever. Your arch nemesis. Alcoholic drinks are an abundant source of histamine, bad news for a sneeze machine like you.
The worst of all is red wine, and research also suggests alcohol can double the risk of allergic symptoms, even in those people who have previously never suffered from such allergies.
Read more on alcohol and histamine…
Recirculate the air inside the car
By doing this you may also be better protected from car pollution (photochemical smog) which is also known to worsen hayfever.
Read more on pollen seasons and air circulation here
Buy new pillows every spring
Fairly self-explanatory, and don’t forget how good sunlight is at killing the dust mites that live, eat, poo, breed and die in your furniture and bedding fabric in their thousands.
Read more on dust and dust mites…
Get an ioniser from the bedroom
If you don’t get the sleep you need, hayfever starts to become a real problem. Saving up to buy a machine that automatically detects and removes pollen, dust, dander, viruses and other allergens from the air is really a ‘no-brainer’.
Read more on ionisers…
Find and kill all mould
Buy some white vinegar, put it in a spray bottle and start hunting.
Assuming you do have mould, if you can rid your home and workplace of it completely, chances are you’ll notice how much less of a problem your hayfever can be when it’s gone.
Read more on moulds and yeasts…