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Sunday 21 September 2014

Sneeze Patrol: How to fight seasonal allergies

If you can, avoid being outdoors late morning and late afternoon
We now know hay-fever affects the sinuses as well as the nose.
Make sure to use tissues when sneezing and coughing.
Make sure to use tissues when sneezing and coughing.

Aaaaccchhhhoooo! It’s that time of year again. “Get me a tissue quick”. Aaaaccchhhhoooo! “For goodness sake pass the tissues”. Aaaaccchhhhoooo! “I wish it would rain. I hate this weather”.

Now the warm weather has arrived and there seems to be a bounce to everyone’s step. 

The nights are shorter, the days longer with glorious blue skies and a big yellow sun to enjoy.   It’s wonderful, relaxing time but it comes with a big but.   

You dread even putting your nose past the window. You’ve been laid low already with what seems like the worst head cold ever.  You've got hay-fever and little sympathy.

We now know hay-fever affects the sinuses as well as the nose. 

It triggers eye problems and ‘chestiness’ and brings on a sense of fatigue that is often overwhelming.  But better strategies offer hay-fever patients the chance to recover their lives and enjoy summers like other folk.

So put away that box of tissues. There is a plan for everybody, including you. 

Paul Carson shares his 13 point action plan for beating seasonal sniffles....

  • So read on and learn how to start enjoying life again
  • Avoid areas of lush grassland
  • Keep house and car windows closed during peak pollen hours of late morning and late afternoo
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses to reduce pollen grains affecting the eyes
  • If you can, avoid being outdoors late morning and late afternoon
  • Don’t smoke and keep away from smokers (passive smoking aggravates all allergies)
  • Get someone else to mow the lawn or wear a face mask if you have to cut the grass
  • Choose seaside breaks for holidays as off shore breezes blow pollen away
  • Check TV, radio and newspapers for the next day’s pollen count and plan your schedule accordingly
  • Put a smear of Vaseline inside each nostril to ease the soreness and to capture pollen entering the nasal passages
  • Never sleep with the bedroom window open
  • Don’t drive with the window open
  • Put used tea bags in the fridge.  They make great soothing compresses to relieve swollen or puffy eyes
  • Keep an antihistamine handy for sudden allergy attacks

 

Visit Dr Paul Carson's website at allergy ireland

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