From weeds to spores to grass and tree pollens, spring literally is in the air! If you’re subject to hay fever, here are some tips for managing this seasonal allergy so you can enjoy spring instead of just suffering through it.

Hay fever rhymes with springtime and always occurs when we least expect it. As you may know, it mostly affects the eyes and nose.

Pollen particles are responsible for hay fever, and they usually appear from the first days of spring until the end of summer. The symptoms are easy to recognise: sneezing attacks, runny nose, itchy eyes, throat and ears and a general feeling of sudden weakness.

How can I avoid Hay Fever?

To avoid hay fever, the easiest way is to stay away from high pollen areas such as parks and fields, but if they can’t be avoided, then you can always prevent it. Wearing sunglasses will stop the pollen from getting into your eyes. Applying a little vaseline inside your nose will also reduce symptoms.

You should stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after rainfall which helps clear pollen from the air. Remove clothes you’ve worn outside, and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair. Try not to hang laundry outside as pollen can stick to sheets and towels. Also avoid outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.

How can I treat Hay Fever?

Stop the allergy before it’s too late! Check your local TV or radio station or the internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen level. If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medication before your symptoms start. If you already have hay fever, the best way to treat it is the use of antihistamine tablets and nasal sprays which must be taken and used regularly. You may need a prescription for the treatments but most of them are available at your local chemist.