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Hayfever triggers and how to avoid them

Spring can spell a beautiful new beginning as the flowers bloom and seasons warm. However, for many of us September means two things, magpies and hayfever. Magpies aside the extra pollen in the air spells inevitable suffering and below is our complete guide to hayfever to help you enjoy the beauty without the impending beast.

What is hayfever?

Hayfever is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens. Also known as allergic rhinitis which means “an allergy that affects the nose,” hayfever is the noses reactive swelling to airborne particles which the body wrongly identifies as a threat. As a result hayfever is most commonly experienced during the Spring as airborne pollens from grasses and flowers are at their peak.

Hayfever triggers include but are not limited to:

- Pollen.

- Dust.

- Pet Hair.

- Wood Dust.

- Cigarette smoke.

- Airborne grass pollen

Avoiding hayfever this Spring

The following are some of our best tips to avoiding hayfever this Spring.

1. Avoid being outside on humid and windy days. Close doors and windows to your house during these times.

2. Wear a face mask when mowing your lawn during high risk months (Late August- October)

3. Wash your face and shower after playing outside. Pollen will stick to the body.

4. Wear glasses and a hat to avoid carrying pollen in highly effected areas

5. Opt for air conditioning before windows to cool down in your car. Ensure air conditioning is on recirculate

6. Clean your house regularly.

7. Give yourself a nasal barrier such as Vaseline or a similar balm.

8. Keep the air in your house clean with a HEPA filter fitted into your air conditioning unit

9. Install hygrometer to keep the humidity in your house below 55%

10. Keep away from cigarette smoke

11. Wash your pets when they come indoors and avoid letting them in your bedroom or on your furniture.

12. Consult with your GP if you suffer badly from symptoms.

You may also be interested in the following:

Eczema Symptoms, Causes and Treatments
Asthma: How to take extra care during spring
Breathe easy: Ways to limit dust allergies

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