For many of us, the summertime is something to be anticipated and welcomed with open arms.
However as beautiful as this season can be, it can also wreak havoc in the lives of hay fever sufferers.
Hay fever and other seasonal allergies can cause sneezing, a runny nose, congestion, watery eyes, an itchy throat and leave you feeling pretty rotten when you should be out enjoying the Summer sun.
It’s estimated that a massive 20% of the UK population suffer from hay fever, but you don’t need to suffer in silence.
In today’s blog post we’re going to explore four of the best hay fever treatments in 2020.
1. Don’t wait for your symptoms to start before you take action
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to managing their hay fever is that they wait until they start to feel symptoms coming on before they take action.
Hayfever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, however, different people can be allergic to different kinds of pollen that are released at different times of the year.
For example, tree pollen is released during the spring, grass pollen is released at the end of spring and beginning of summer and weed pollen is released during the late autumn.
One of the key ways you can address your allergies is by taking preventive steps before these seasons come along.
Fundamentally, the best way to relieve hay fever symptoms is to limit your exposure to pollen. However, considering that pollen particles are easily transferred and all around us, it’s not always possible to limit your exposure even if you’re actively trying to be careful.
Wearing sunglasses when you’re outside is one preventative measure to stop pollen from getting into your eyes and rubbing a small amount of vaseline around your nasal openings can help to trap pollen particles before they enter your nose.
Try to avoid wearing clothes made of synthetic fibres as they charge when they rub and are more likely to attract pollen and make it stick.
If you enjoy exercising outdoors, do so early in the morning or later in the evening as pollen counts are lower at these times of day.
It’s also a good idea to take a shower when you come inside and change your clothes to reduce the risk of pollen transference from outside.
Because so many people suffer from hay fever, the Met Office releases a pollen count report every day so that you can see how much pollen is in the air at any given time.
Wherever possible, you should keep an eye on the met office guidance and try to limit time outdoors when the pollen count in your area is rated as high.
2. Take steps to keep the air inside your home clean
In the Summer months, hayfever symptoms can leave you feeling awful and they can make sleeping difficult too. However, there are things that you can do at home to try and alleviate your symptoms.
Buying an air purifier is one of the best investments you can make. Though it can be hard knowing which one to choose, when you are comparing machines make sure you look at the clean air delivery rate (CADR). Machines with a higher CADR rating means that they are able to remove the offending allergens in your room faster.
Air purifiers work by removing pollen particles from the air and therefore removing the airborne triggers that will wreak havoc with your symptoms.
The CADR rating is important because it tells you how efficient an air purifier is at removing the three main indoor pollutants - pollen, smoke and dust.
CADR is tested and rated by an independent organisation called Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, so you can trust that they’ll be effective.
Though it can be tempting to keep your windows open in the summer months, it’s important that you keep them closed as often as possible.
To tackle the heat, use a fan alongside an air purifier to keep you cool. Together these will work synergistically to keep you cool but also the air purifier will work to ensure that the fan isn’t circulating more pollen or dust to trigger your symptoms.
Air purifiers also help to purify the air of pet dander, mould spores, dust and unpleasant odour - so you are essentially killing many birds with one stone.
Alongside a high CADR rating, make sure you buy an air purifier with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter for best results.
It’s also wise to make sure that you clean with a vacuum cleaner uses a HEPA filter as well.
3. Try the ancient, natural remedy that is a Neti Pot
Hundreds of years ago, the ancient practitioners of Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) discovered a way to flush nasal cavities to remove mucus, pollen and other dirt and grime that would get lodged there.
This method has been proven to be extremely effective and requires just two things: saltwater and a Neti Pot.
A Neti Pot is a specially designed vessel that allows you to easily direct the saltwater into your nasal cavity so that it runs through one nostril and out the other.
Numerous clinical trials have taken place that show that this method is safe, well-tolerated by the body and can have and can improve a wide range of allergy symptoms.
However, if you’d like to try this method, is it absolutely crucial that you use sterile water. Using non-sterile water increases the risk that a parasite amoeba called Naegleria fowleri can be introduced to the sinuses. Once this happens, the parasite can make its way to the brain causing a fatal infection.
Neti pots are widely available and look like a small teapot - you can buy one from somewhere like Amazon. You mix warm, sterile water with salt in them then pour the spout into your nostril whilst tilting your head to the side.
You should not attempt to use a neti pot with tap or distilled water. Create a saline solution by adding the correct amount of pure, non-iodized sodium chloride to the water.
You can buy saline solution, or simply follow this guide to show you how you can make a saline solution at home.
4. Consider using our best-selling allergy formula, Aller-C
Aller-C capsules are one of our all-time best-selling products when it comes to quickly and efficiently treating hay fever symptoms.
Within the capsules is a potent and effective combination formula containing Quercetin and Hesperidin, designed to help maintain normal respiratory and sinus function.
Quercetin and Hesperidin have been shown to be two of the most physiologically active flavonoids.
Flavonoids are a group of plant chemicals, however, they are also powerful antioxidants that have been proven to have immunity and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Aller-C capsules work to support capillary strength and stable mast cells to promote a normal histamine response.
Mast cells are key when it comes to fighting allergies - they’re a type of white blood cell that forms part of your immune system.
When pollen gets onto your skin, mast cells are your body’s first line of defence against battling them.
They prompt the release of histamine, which boosts blood flow in the area of the body where the allergen has affected it. This is why you feel an allergic response - coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose etc.
The formula contained in Aller-C is an incredibly effective method for fighting hay fever and other seasonal allergies and it can also be used for maintaining and supporting the proper levels of enzymes and physiological factors necessary for normal respiratory and sinus function during the winter months as well.
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By following the steps in this blog post, you should be well equipped to take control of your hay fever and not let it control you this Summer.
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