As a nation, we’re spending more time indoors than ever before, self-isolating in our respective homes – so why are we still suffering with hay fever?
Many have started to feel the presence of a stuffy nose and itchy eyes already, and with the pollen count set to soar this weekend, symptoms will only get worse, and likely last for longer.
‘You may think you are safe from hay fever because you are in the comfort of your own home, but this doesn’t mean you won’t suffer with your usual allergies,’ says Parvinder Sagoo, Lead Pharmacist and Clinical Advisor at SimplyMeds.
Although you probably already know that you’re more likely to experience a reaction during your daily exercise, Parvinder notes that ‘pollen particles are tiny and can travel far and wide’, and when you’re out walking, you’re likely bringing them back into the house, where they can affect you further.
However, even if you’re not going out and about at all, ‘if you are opening your doors and windows more often than normal to let air in, pollen particles will still find their way inside your home and attach themselves to various household items, as well as travelling directly into your eyes or nasal passages.’
No one wants to deprive themselves of fresh air completely, and nor should you have to – so here are Parvinder’s top tips for stopping hay fever in its tracks, both in and out of the home.
1. Try a balm
Dabbing a little bit of a balm such as Vaseline under each nostril on your nose should help to catch and trap any pesky pollen particles which are making their way from outside into your home and into your nasal passages. You may find you want to do this a few times a day to ensure that the particles stick to the balm, especially if you are sneezing a lot and wiping your nose with a tissue.
2. Wash laundry regularly
You should be washing household items such as bed sheets, throws, tea towels and sofa covers as much as possible to ensure that they have been thoroughly washed of settled dust and pollen particles. Bedding is vital as if these has particles sitting on it these will be able to attach themselves to you and you could inhale them throughout the night.
3. Close windows and doors when you can
You will want to keep doors and windows as open as much as you can to get some fresh air inside, especially when you’re not going out as much however this will allow the pollen to travel inside your home more easily and you will notice your allergies increase. I would advise opening the window for a few hours in the morning and then try to close them or at least only have them open a crack to try and stop pollen particles from coming in.
4. Use home remedies
Honey is a natural remedy for hay fever because the bee pollen in honey can actually desensitise your body to other pollens so increasing your daily honey intake should reduce hay fever symptoms significantly. You can eat it right out the jar with a spoon or add it to your morning porridge.
5. Keep things clean
You want to ensure you are washing enough throughout the day to help keep your hands and face free from any lingering pollen particles. I would ensure you wash your face twice daily and thoroughly. If you are suffering quite bad with itchy eyes and a running nose, you may also wash your face throughout the day to try and get rid of any irritants from the eyes and nose passages.
6. Consider a nasal cleanse
Try clearing your nasal passage with a salt water solution once to twice a day; this should help to clear any irritants from your nose that have been able to attach themselves to nose hairs.
7. Buy medication online
You may not be able to get to the shops as easily to buy medication, however you can still buy plenty of antiallergic items such as tablets, sprays, balms and eye drops online through online pharmacies, which will still be sending out medication.