“Many people are rejoicing as the weather heats up and sunny days become a more common occurrence - for the coming weeks at least.
“Many of us that is, except those of who suffer from seasonal hayfever. With symptoms including sneezing or a runny nose. Itchy or watery eyes and in some cases even headaches and sore throats, hayfever can stop you in your tracks if you are badly affected.
“Thankfully modern-day pollen monitoring is now very good, so much so that you will often hear the pollen count given on the day’s weather forecast.
“Thankfully there are many ways you can manage hayfever this Summer. From natural and more alternative remedies, to the more common and well-used over the counter solutions.”
“If you suffer badly from hayfever then it may be best to avoid going out in the early morning and early evening, which is when the pollen tends to rise into the sky and then fall to the ground later on as the air cools.
“A simple barrier like sunglasses, Vaseline in the inside of your nostrils, or changing the setting your car’s air controls to recycle air will all help reduce the amount of pollen that gets into your eyes and nose.
“Many pet owners may be surprised to hear the doctor may also recommended washing your dog after a walk too, as they can carry pollen on their coats.
“The same goes for going to bed. If you’ve had your windows open in the day then pollen may have settled on your pillow. Turn it over, or better still, swap your pillowcase to reduce the chance of this affecting you.
“Some people do recommend local honey for hayfever based on the notion that the pollen in honey can help desensitise you to it. There is mixed evidence on this but if it works for you then I would certainly not be against it.
“In fact honey in general – of all varieties - can be good at this time of year if you are experiencing a sore throat as a result of hayfever. Honey is very good at soothing and a spoonful either in the morning or at night could help.”
I hope you get to enjoy this better weather we are having and until next time stay safe.