Hay fever, right? Snot, itchy eyes, more snot, sneezing and hey look! Snot!
It’s not funny and it’s not cool and we’re just about done with it. Why gotta ruin summer like that? Welp, here’s some important info about it, and what you can do to make it feel a bit better.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Which is great because pollen is literally everywhere. It whooshes around in the air and wreaks total havoc with our sinuses.
Most hay fever is caused by grass pollen. Again, great. Since grass is EVERYWHERE!
But it can also be cause by tree pollen. Srsly? Even trees hate us.
Your body thinks the pollen is a threat a reacts accordingly. So, to try and keep the pollen, the allergen, out, it makes your eyes and nose leak. Lovely.
The highest risk months are May-July. All freakin’ summer then. Fabbo.
The pollen count lessens when it rains. Great, so we need to pray for a wet summer? Thanks, but no thanks.
What can you do to make it better?
The best treatment is prevention. So if you know you get bad hay fever and the pollen count will be high that day, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine will go a long way in fighting off the worst of it.
Tablets like ‘Piriteze’ and ‘Clarityn’ are a one-a-day dosage so you can have one with your breakfast and forget about it. Always read the labels for potential side-effects.
Anti-allergy tablets often make people feel tired.
Nasal sprays are available too, and these act as anti-inflammatory drugs. The sprays will also coat your nasal walls to stop further irritation.
If your eyes get really sore then it also might be a good idea to get some eye drops. Got look after them peepers!
What else can you do?
If you’ve taken the meds and you still feel crappy, there are a few things you can do to help yourself.
1. Go back inside and shut the windows. Not ideal on a nice summer’s day, but it’s effective.
2. Place a cool, damp cloth over your eyes for a couple minutes. Instant relief.
3. Have a shower. Wash away any lingering pollen.
4. Try not to stress out. Keeping cool and calm often makes symptoms much more bearable.
If your hay fever is really bad and doesn’t get any better despite trying everything, then speak to someone about it. GP, pharmacist, parent, and have it assessed.
Also, if you have asthma then be extra careful when hay fever is afoot.
Hay fever sucks. Royally. But with clever management it doesn’t have to. Have a good summer, y’all.
(you can read more on the NHS website right here)