Tips for dating someone with hayfever

You may have just started dating someone or perhaps you’re in a long-term relationship, nevertheless, you want a successful date.

One of the keys to having a successful date is simple. You need to be considerate of the person. This means that you should find out what type of food they like or don’t like, among other things such as allergies.

Allergies may not seem like a big deal, but there are a few things that you’ll need to account for if you’re trying to make a good impression. If your date has allergies, just remember having hayfever isn’t as simple as having a stuffy nose every now and then. In fact, if the person you’re seeing has hayfever, it could impact you too.

Some sufferers have symptoms all year long and they can suffer from multiple symptoms that could range from mild to severe. In return, this can prevent them from getting quality sleep and can impact on their social life, job and relationships.

For example, hayfever can impact on one’s sex life. Research by Meda Pharmaceuticals revealed 24% of people in a study said that hayfever reduced their sexual libido. 24% may not seem like a big number, but compare it to the 1 in 7 Australians that have hayfever.

If you want a successful date (wink, wink) let your date know how considerate you are with our 5 tips:

  1. Put yourself in their shoes.

Have you ever been struck with the flu? Not only are you tired and grumpy, but you don’t feel like socialising. This is how hayfever sufferers can feel too. So next time your date complains about how they’re feeling, doesn’t want a big night out or even cancels, let them know that you understand. If your date shows up looking a little dishevelled with a red nose and watery eyes, be kind and compliment them because despite how they’re feeling, they still made an effort to see you.

  1. Be aware of food restrictions.

A common hayfever symptom is a blocked nose, or nasal congestion. Nasal congestion can impact one’s sense of smell, and therefore appetite. In other words, if your date shows up with a red nose, consider doing something else. Something as simple as hot soup and Netflix could be exactly what they need. Another thing to consider is if you do choose to go ahead with a dinner or lunch date, think about going to a venue where there is a wide variety of meal options, and some that exclude meat, gluten and dairy. This is because this type of food can increase the production of mucus and can worsen nasal congestion.

  1. Choose a sneeze free venue.

Planning a picnic date or going to a theme park may seem romantic in hindsight but try to avoid pollen infested areas like the park, and just remember your date may not have the energy to go on those crazy roller coasters. Consider doing something a little more quiet like making them a dinner at home, go bowling, or take them to the movies.

  1. Don’t buy flowers.

Unless you want your date to have a sneezing fit, don’t buy him / her flowers. A box of chocolates or bag of lollies may be safer options.

  1. Avoid cocktail bars.

Alcohol and hayfever could be a bad combination. Whether the sufferer realises it or not, alcohol like beer and wine can actually make hayfever symptoms worse like sneezing and itching. This is because alcohol contains histamine and histamine is an immune response produced by the body when it comes into contact with allergens.

Next time your date has a sneezing fit or a red, runny nose (and if it’s allergies) you’ll know exactly what to do.

If you know someone who’s not managing their hayfever, you should let them know that a doctor can help them manage it with the right treatment options.