Top Tips to combat hay fever

spring blossom - hay fever Top Tips to combat Hay Fever

Do you suffer from hay fever? Also known as allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies. The main symptoms of hayfever are:

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • congestion
  • runny eyes

Because there are so many different flower and blossom types to be allergic to, hay fever can occur any time from early spring to late summer. Nowadays weather forecasts usually include the pollen count so it is possisible to monitor and take precautions on high pollen days, which are often dry and windy.

However if you don’t want to have to stay indoor for large parts of the spring and summer what else can you do?

Here are some top tips to combat hay fever by

  1. controling the annoying symptoms
  2. boosting your immune system so you are less prone to the underlying problem

Top Tips to combat hay fever:

  • Drink lots of fluids – staying well hydrated helps keep the lining of your nose and sinuses moist and healthy
  • Vitamin D is a great immune booster – unfortunately it is best obtained from sunshine which can be challenging when the pollen count is high. However Vitamin D is available as a supplement. It is also present in certain foods such as salmon, sardines and shitake mushrooms
  • Acupuncture :-

    • this can be good for relieving allergy symptoms such as blocked sinuses, headaches, itchiness and a runny nose
    •  it can help to boost your immune system.
    • for more information on acupuncture click here.
    • ideally it is good to start treatment either before the symptoms occur or as soon as possible afterwards
  • Avoid mucus producing foods such as dairy products
  • Steam away stuffiness either by taking a hot shower or using a bowl of hot water