It’s that time of year when thousands of people reach for the tissues before the suncream. We look forward to the warm weather, the shorter nights and the longer days with blue skies and the big yellow sun to enjoy. However for some people it heralds seasonal allergy time. It triggers eye problems and “chestiness” as well as sneezing and blocked sinuses. Do not despair, help is at hand. The papers and internet are full of useful suggestions to help hay-fever sufferers. Here are 10 top tips to beat seasonal allergies:
- If you can, avoid being outdoors late morning and late afternoon
- Check TV, radio and newspapers for the next day’s pollen count and plan your schedule accordingly
- Drink lots of fluids – staying well hydrated helps keep the lining of your nose and sinuses moist and healthy
- Get someone else to do the lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
- Wash your face regularly to remove allergens from your eyes and nose
- Don’t hang washing outside – pollen can stick to sheets and towels
- Avoid mucus-producing foods, such as dairy products. These produce a lot of phlegm when digested which adds to your allergy syndrome
- Keep your windows closed
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses to reduce pollen grains affecting the eyes
- Acupuncture. It works wonders for relieving allergy symptoms: blocked sinuses, headaches, itchiness, runny nose etc. Ideally it is a good idea to start treatment either just before symptoms occur or as soon as they do. Many clients respond very quickly and may just need a booster at the beginning of subsequent seasons to keep the sneezes at bay.
If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture can help you please call Angela on 07919 930188.