Saturday 31 January 2015

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.

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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