Hay fever affects a lot of people; the spring and summer months are punctuated by runny noses, itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done about it because it is caused by an exposure to allergens like pollen, pet dander or fur or dust mites, which for the most part, are unavoidable. It is more about dealing with the symptoms, and there are a few things that you can do, so let’s take a look.
Antihistamines are one of the most popular methods of dealing with hay fever. They are available for purchase without a prescription which does mean that they are accessible to everyone. Antihistamines are designed to alleviate the symptoms; however, they have been known to make users drowsy, which can be dangerous depending on the time of day you take them. There are non-drowsy versions that you can buy, too, which may be worth considering. If you are unsure, a pharmacist can recommend the best ones for your symptoms and lifestyle.
Some people really suffer from a blocked or runny nose during hay fever season, which is why nasal sprays are another popular option when it comes to dealing with the symptoms. They, again, can be picked up from a chemist or supermarket. Some of them are for the relief of a blocked nose, and some are for runny noses, so be sure to read the packaging before you purchase them.
If your hay fever manifests as itchy or dry eyes, then an eye drop can be a really good option for you. Eye drops are often seen as a form of antihistamines because they do share ingredients. Some eyedrops can be used as, and when you need to, they may also recommend a single daily application. For the most part, they are easy to apply, but some people do feel uncomfortable using them.
Air purifiers might be a good option for those who struggle with internal allergens like dust mites or pet dander because they work by purifying the air and removing or neutralising toxins, pollutants and allergens. This link goes into more detail on how purifiers work. They are pretty effective, and some people prefer them to taking medications.
The use of essential oils really depends on the symptoms that you experience. It is also worth noting that some people can have allergies to them, so it is worth testing them before you use them. Depending on the essential oil, there are a few methods; you can apply them to the skin, put them in a bath, or buy candles or a diffuser which aerosolises them. Eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and tea tree oil are all said to be good for hay fever symptoms, but it may come down to trial and error, so bear that in mind.
Hay fever can be incredibly annoying to those that suffer from it; however, it is not often too serious. If you do experience severe symptoms or if they aren’t alleviated by the methods recommended above, then it might be worth making an appointment with your GP. They can recommend the best course of action for you.