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Fitness & Health

31st May 2018

Expert shares the best tips to avoid hayfever as pollen season arrives in Ireland

Paul Moore

Hay fever

Some handy tips for anyone that’s prone to hayfever.

While the majority of us are set to enjoy the long weekend, people that are susceptible to hayfever could have their weekend ruined by the improving weather conditions.

According to the experts in Met Éireann, pollen season is expected to begin very soon.

While the arrival of sunshine, warm weather and a bank holiday is a welcome change for most of us, hayfever season causes painful symptoms for over 950,000 people in Ireland each year.

Warmer weather can lead to higher pollen levels and this can cause watery eyes, sneezing, itching in the throat/eyes/ ears, headaches, a blocked nose and swelling around the eyes.

Susan O’Dwyer, a renowned pharmacist with Boots, has said, : “As the weather warms up, we all want to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine, but this can be the toughest time for hayfever sufferers, as early summer is when grass and flowers are pollinating. Hayfever can be quite a distressing condition for many people, particularly children.

With regards to helpful steps and tips, here’s some advice that she gave for anyone that suffers from hayfever.

  • Stay on top of pollen by vacuuming and damp dusting to stop pollen settling and spreading
  • Use an allergy barrier to get on top of hayfever before it begins
  • Try rubbing a small amount of petroleum jelly inside your lower nostril to stop pollen entering the nasal passage
  • Reduce airborne allergens at home and use a humidifier, as moist air will catch particles
  • If you’ve been out and about, change your clothes and even shower to remove pollen and avoid spreading it
  • A pair of wraparound sunglasses is great way to keep pollen out of your eyes
  • If you’re driving keep your windows up and switch your air to circulate
  • Consider using an anti-inflammatory nasal spray
  • If your eyes are affected by hayfever, eye drops can help soothe them
  • Antihistamines have different ingredients, if one tablet isn’t working for you, consider swapping to another type. Our pharmacists can also help you find the right medicine for you

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