March 22nd, 2019
When should you start taking hay fever treatment this year in order for it to be most effective?
It can be advisable to start taking treatment prior to the hay fever season, so to build up your bodies defence and to prevent the inflammation from starting.
When does hay fever season start?
It usually starts around March and lasts until Sept. The pollen count is at its highest when its humid and warm.
What methods do you recommend to treat hay fever, as well as severe cases?
Antihistamine drops, nasal sprays and tablets usually provide the best treatment.
In more severe cases a GP may advise steroids or immunotherapy.
When should you see your doctor with hay fever symptoms?
Pharmacists are usually the best place to start and can give lots of over-the-counter advice and suggest the best treatments. If it persists and becomes bad it may be worth seeing your GP to explore other options.
- Avoid caffeine…
Caffeine can trigger histamine release which might heighten your hay fever symptoms.
It can be hard to breathe when your nose is running and your eyes are watering, but taking deep breaths and letting go of your tension can help to keep your symptoms in control.
Garlic help block the production of histamine and soothe hay fever symptoms.
A daily spoonful of honey is one of the most delicious remedies for hay fever and highly recommended.
- Reduce dairy…
People with hayfever can find cow’s milk can make their symptoms worse. It can be worth trying an alternative, such as almond, rice or oat milk.
- Ditch sugary snacks…
It is worth ditching the sugary snacks as refined sugar can trigger a blood sugar spike which in turn will activate histamine release.
- Eat Vitamin C rich foods…
Vitamin C will support your nasal lining and reduce the amount of histamine in the blood, so it is worth making sure your diet is full of lots of fruit and vegetables.
- Don’t smoke…
Cigarette smoke is an allergen and will irritate the lining of your nose, eyes, throat and airways.
- Use a red light…
Shining a red light up your nose can increase blood flow circulation, reduce histamine production and calm inflammation.