Hayfever Madness!

Hayfever Madness!

How’s yours?  Mine's off the scales at the moment.  About 10 minutes after waking - that’s it. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and sticky eyes.  My hay fever started 6 years ago and each year it gets worse.  First thing and around 5pm are worse - unless of course you go for a walk and then there’s no stopping it!  Having boys that play outdoor sports it's a bit tricky!

What is hay fever? Hay fever is also know as Allergic Rhinitis.  It can occur in anyone at any age and allergic reactions vary and can include pollen, trees, flowers, spores, grass, weeds and dust mites.   Everyone reacts in different ways and levels from itchy nose/skin/ears/eyes, sneezing, running nose, sticky eyes, tiredness, blocked nose and shortness of breath.

Over the past few weeks, one of our boys has been sneezing, is tired and short of breath.  The  symptoms can feel like you have a cold coming but with all the sports played outside we try and keep on top of it as best we can. 

Antihistamines are widely available, although some natural solutions may help.  

  • Eating local honey is said to help your body become immune to the pollens irritating effects building up your immunity.
  • Cleaning your nose with a salt wash will get help get rid of pollens. Try putting a barrier cream around the end of your nose.
  • Warm lemon and honey, local if you can and help soothe itchy throats.
  • After bathing your eyes in cool water apply cucumber or cold tea bags to reduce puffiness and the urge to rub them.
  • Wear sunglasses when out.
  • Take a shower and change your clothes after being out and about.
  • A blend of tea-tree, eucalyptus and lemon oils on your pillow at night and in the bath will help relax your breathing, aid in reducing inflammation and clear airways helping you sleep better.  An alternative would be Olbas Oil or similar.

I would love to hear what you do.

Happy sneezing!

Julia x

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