LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO HELP TACKLE HAY FEVER

6 lifestyle changes to help tackle hay fever
While many dismiss hay fever as a minor complaint, those who live with it know that it can cause misery during the Summer months – which is particularly annoying as this is the time you want to be outside enjoying yourself! So how can you prevent it?

Well, there are a host of brilliant remedies on the market, from over-the-counter tablets and eye drops, to medications prescribed by your GP.

However, as Dr Jean Emberlin explains, there is also plenty you can do lifestyle-wise to counteract some of the nasty effects of hay fever. Here are her top tips:

1. Feed your immune system
Eating a healthy, balanced diet, full of fresh fruit and vegetables to boost your vitamin C and nutrient intake, is a great way to boost your immune system and therefore increase your resistance to pollen.

2. Avoid polluted areas
Obviously, if you’re a city dweller, you can’t just move out to the coast for the whole Summer, but you can limit your exposure to air pollution somewhat by taking simple steps such as avoiding busy roads at rush hour. Air pollution is bad for hay fever sufferers as it increases the potency of pollen, as well as affecting your respiratory system.

3. Lay off the booze
A sad fact for those who love a bottle of wine in the sun, but unfortunately alcohol can have a detrimental impact on your immune system, so hay fever sufferers are better off sticking to one glass rather than four!

4. Think before you swim
You might imagine that a refreshing dip in the swimming pool would ease your hay fever symptoms, but unfortunately, it does the opposite. The chlorine in an indoor swimming pool can negatively affect your respiratory system, and make your more susceptible to allergens.

5. Hay fever-proof your bedroom
Many people find their symptoms get worse at night, or they wake up in the morning to an itchy throat and a sneeze attack! Avoid leaving windows open in the daytime, otherwise pollen will settle on your pillow; for the same reason, it’s best not to dry your bedding outside.

Keep your bedroom window shut at night (buy a fan if you need to cool the room down) and don’t let your cat sleep on your bed, as they may well be bringing in pollen from outside!

6. Shower regularly
Your hair acts like a filter, collecting up lots of pollen, so washing it regularly will help to calm down hay fever symptoms. Even giving it a good brush will help!