Sneeze Patrol: How to fight seasonal allergies
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