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Ideas to Help Hay Fever Sufferers

Written by Ben McConnell

Hay fever, nothing can turn a hummer summer into an instant bummer more reliably than a bout of hay fever. With the number of sufferers increasing each year, it’s safe to say we are a nation of snifflers and sneezes, complainers and wheezers. 

So what better time than now, the peak of summer, to roll out a few ideas that might just help you or the hay fever sufferer in your life.

First and foremost, to anyone who thinks they suffer from hay fever, get an allergy test. An allergy test can best determine the specifics of your suffering, and help to pin point the cause of your discomfort. Now, with that being said, lets look at a few options to curb that fever of the hay.

If you have been exposed to pollen and dirt whilst enjoying the outdoors best you strip and shower upon your arrival home. Again, this may sound pedantic, but its going to make your life easier in the long run. Your clothes hold onto pollen and irritants like white on rice, get them in the wash and while you are at it shower yourself! Trust me, you'll feel better for it. If you have a full head of hair, bless, you'll need to wash that too – pollen is a big fan of hair, and we are big fans of pillows, you do the math.

Cars. If you live in New Zealand, then coming into the summer months you may have noticed the pollen build up on top of your car. Pollen tickles the nostrils and clouds the eyes and is basically bank rolling Kleenex tissues at this time of year, so its best we avoid it like the plague. Keep your car garaged at all times to avoid pollen; pollen will make its way into the vehicle, so keep a pile of sanitary wipes or disinfectant hand gel to wash your hands after getting in the car. If you don’t have a garage, then a quick hose down of the car every few days will help remedy the situation.

The trick here is that one of the main causes of the sufferer’s problems is due to pollen or irritants making contact with your hands. Hands then carry pollen to your eyes, ears, nose, you get the picture.

Like hands, feet and shoes should be cleaned when appropriate. Take your shoes off when going indoors, make a designated area for your shoes to be placed in. This sounds obvious, but it really does make a difference, keeping the spread of pollen and irritants to a minimum is imperative.

This next rule is a tough one. Keep your windows and doors shut, counter productive at this time of year I know, but its going to pay of in dividends. Crank your air conditioner and make sure it’s filters are regularly refreshed. Your sinuses are going to be relieved, having windows open is one of the main culprits for hay fever sufferers, and also the cause of a bad night’s sleep. Obviously, we don’t all have the luxury of air conditioning, so persevere we must, be strategic if you are going to have a window open. Take note of the wind direction and open a window in the sheltered area of the house. It may not stop all of the hay fever nasty’s from entering, but it will keep them at bay.

And finally, cleaning. It’s best you clean your house at least a couple of times a week. I don’t mean a head to toe detox of your home, rather a simple vacuum and wash of the wooden floors. Having a sterile house is just one of the ways you can keep your loved ones or yourself breathing a little easier.

So there you have it, a few helpful ideas to keep the hay fever tolerable at this time of year, a little common sense can go a long way.

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