There is always excitement in the air as we transition from winter into the warmer months of spring. But unfortunately, that isn’t the only thing in the air – allergens can wreak havoc on our systems, resulting in sniffles, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat and fatigue as the battle of hay fever begins.
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair. Pollen particles contain a protein that causes inflammation, irritation and swelling of the nasal passages, but can also affect the eyes and the throat. The allergens cause the release of a substance known as histamine, an inflammatory mediator that creates symptoms of hay fever in the body.
It can be a miserable time for the suffers hay fever, but fortunately, there are six ways to help you cope with the change of season and minimise the symptoms.
1. Consume an anti-inflammatory diet
An anti-inflammatory diet can help to reduce inflammatory responses in the body and minimise the impact of hay fever symptoms. To reap the benefits, avoid sugary, processed foods and replacing them with nutrient-filled whole foods like onions, oily fish, apples, broccoli, turmeric, garlic, tomatoes, pineapple and kiwi.
Foods rich in antioxidants can also help to reduce inflammation and the number of free radicals in your body.
2. Minimise your exposure to allergens
Where possible, try to minimise your exposure to the elements, especially on windy days. There are many apps and websites, including the Bureau of Meteorology that can keep you informed of the pollen count along with other allergens in the air.
Utilise these apps when doing the washing and going outside to be adequately prepared. On high-risk days be sure to change your clothes after being outside to minimise exposure to allergens.
3. Use protective layers
As much as you may want to stay inside and away from allergens that can flare up your hay fever, it’s not always possible. To prevent symptoms from getting too bad, use protective layers like sunglasses to shield your eyes and Vaseline around your nose to prevent pollen from entering your nostrils.
4. Keeping a clean environment
Pollen, dust and other allergens can quickly build up in your home without you even realising it, from breezes, on clothes and of course shoes. Keeping your home clean, with regular dusting, vacuuming and mopping can keep your environment free from allergens that flare up your symptoms.
Non-drowsy antihistamines are available over the counter and can be useful for mild, intermittent hay fever symptoms. It’s important to know that antihistamines only provide temporary relief and your body can get used to them, making them less effective over time.
6. Breathe in essential oils
Essential oils are a great way to clear the air that you are breathing. Combining eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, ginger, lemon, juniper and cedarwood, our breathe blend it is excellent for helping you and your family breathe easy – especially when those pesky hay fever sniffles start!
Implementing one or more of the above tips will help you cope with the change of season and better manage those irritating hay fever symptoms.
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