Spring is here and we’re excited. The sun, the flowers, the sun! But what’s less wonderful about this time of year is that dreaded hay fever. Whether you’re a mild sufferer or a full-blown invalid during this time of year there’s something you can do about it.
Rain storms are your secret ally
Hay fever is a reaction to the pollens in the air, which in Spring there are plenty of! If you love spending time outdoors but can’t seem to stop your sniffles try to get outside directly after it rains. Like a washing cycle for your garden the rain should have washed some of the pollens out of the air. But beware; thunderstorms have a tendency to increase hay fever symptoms so avoid being outdoors directly after a big storm.
Get rid of dust ASAP
The last thing you want is to be just as allergic to your home as you are to the outside. When you’ve already had irritated senses from the pollens in the air coming home to a dusty house will aggravate the issue further. Emily Ayers from Service.com.au is here to help:
“With a few simple steps, you can make your home a sanctuary from allergy symptoms. Switching heavy curtains for blinds or shutters is a great way to reduce dust. Blinds and shutters are much easier to clean on a regular basis with a damp cloth rather than vacuuming or dry cleaning curtains.
Staying on top of regular cleaning and getting rid of clutter is one of the best ways to stop allergies before they start. The more nooks and crannies you have in your home, the more likely these areas will harbor dust particles and you'll become irritated.”
Find new ways to enjoy the indoors
There will be some days that are just too windy for being outside. If you check the pollen count and find it’s on the high side, the best place for you is safely indoors. Explaining why the wind is keeping you inside to hay fever affected kids is a different story. Distract them with an indoor tent instead so they won’t miss being out and about for too long.
Fight it off with food
Vitamin C is an effective, natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory so make sure you’re getting a good dose of it from fruits like oranges, mandarins and kiwi. It’s also worth cutting back on your dairy intake this time of year as their creamy texture can increase mucus production and aggravate an already congested nose.
Now that you’ve fought off hay fever you can rejoin the kids in the sandpit without becoming a sneezing, itchy mess.