Sunday 25 June 2017

Have Hayfever? Maybe it's time to cut out the booze

Hayfever - alcohol makes it worse.
Hayfever - alcohol makes it worse.

Eilis O'Regan

If you suffer from hayfever you should cut down on alcohol. Watch how much you drink, as alcohol worsens hay fever. Beer, wine and spirits contain histamine, the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in your body.

As well as making you more sensitive to pollen, alcohol also dehydrates you, making your symptoms seem worse.

Try to avoid too many late nights during the hay fever season.

A survey found that people with hay fever who get a good night's sleep tend to have the mildest symptoms.

Just one in eight (13pc) people who had at least seven hours sleep a night reported severe symptoms, compared with one in five (21pc) who regularly had five hours sleep or less a night.

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