If you suffer from hay fever, then we understand that you may become a little anxious as spring comes around. Did you know that over 10 million people in the UK suffer from some form of hay fever? And although there are many over-the-counter remedies to help ease symptoms, there are also plenty of natural solutions that get over-looked. It’s time to tackle itchy, watery eyes, runny noses and constant sneezing by prepping for the season with some of these simple preventive measures and taking effective natural supplements.
There are a quite few things that you can do to try and help ease symptoms in your home. Try your best to stick to these preventive measures and hopefully you’ll prolong some of the effects and feel a lot better in yourself.
- Stay hydrated
Make sure to drink eight to ten glasses of fresh water every day. There’s a danger that the build up of mucus can become much more difficult to remove from your body if you’re dehydrated.
- Limit exposure
On high pollen count days, or days that are particularly dusty or windy, make sure to limit your exposure to the air. Try wearing a mask if you can’t limit your time in the outdoors, to limit the amount of pollen that gets into your airways.
- Shower before bed
If pollen and dust is left lingering on your skin and in your hair overnight, it can make your symptoms a lot worse, so make sure you shower nightly to reduce this.
- Wash clothes and bedding
Freshly washed bedding and clothes help to reduce incidental exposure to allergens, so it’s vital that you regularly wash your bedding and your clothes ideally after every time you’ve gone out.
- Wipe down pets
Pets that spend time outdoors tend to come into the home covered in pollen. You want to avoid them spreading it by wiping them down with a damp washcloth to limit your exposure to pollen and dust.
- Replace carpeted areas with hard-surfaced flooring
Carpets attract and hold dust and pollen making it very difficult to remove with a vacuum cleaner. If you have significant hay fever symptoms, you could benefit from replacing your carpet with an easy to clean surface to have as a long-term preventive measure.
A lot of clutter in the home can increase house dust and allergens, which make your hay fever symptoms worse. Be brutal and remove unnecessary clutter around your home. For the best results, target the rooms you spend most time in e.g. your bedroom and living rooms.
- Keep doors and windows closed
On particular days when pollen counts are high, make sure to keep your doors and windows fully closed to limit exposure. For really hot days, invest in some fans to place around your home to keep it cool and help prevent the need to open windows.
Natural supplements are a great green and healthy way to help fight your symptoms internally. It’s best to start taking supplements somewhere between 30 and 60 days before you expect your hay fever symptoms to kick in in order to achieve the best results from them.
Spirulina stops the release of histamine, which causes your hay fever symptoms. It‘s been proven to significantly improve symptoms including nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching.
A popular supplement that prevents the production and release of histamine is quercetin. Quercetin is the flavonoid that gives fruits and vegetables their rich colour and high levels are found in garlic and onions.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and acts as a decongestant, which is the perfect remedy if one of your hay fever symptoms is a blocked or a runny nose. High levels are found in kiwis or green/orange fruits and vegetables.
Butterbur has traditionally been used to treat bronchitis, excess mucus and asthma. However, in a recent study of hay fever sufferers, it was found to be just as effective as some allergic rhinitis medications. Although do note that young children, pregnant or breast-feeding women should not take butterbur supplements.
Probiotics modify the intestinal flora in the gut and help boost the immune system, plus they show promise in the treatment and prevention of allergies.
- Stinging Nettles
Stinging nettles contain antihistamine and have anti-inflammatory properties. However, if you are taking lithium, sedatives, blood thinning medications, medication for diabetes or high blood pressure, be aware that stinging nettle can cause adverse interactions with these medications.
Zinc helps to heal adrenal fatigue caused by chronic stress, which worsens the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Zinc also helps to regulate how your body stores histamine.
The enzyme in pineapple, bromelain, helps to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses, which relieves hay fever symptoms.
We hope that these remedies help to fight any symptoms of hay fever you have this season! Let us know what preventive measures you take on Twitter @beegreenmag