How to keep hay fever symptoms to a minimum this Summer

If you’re prone to hay fever, the following tips might help keep your symptoms at bay

Keep your body as free from toxins as possible – by eating wholefoods and avoiding junk.

Keep your caffeine and alcohol intake low and avoid nicotine. If you live in a polluted area or work with chemicals or in traffic-ridden areas, do regular detoxes to keep your system clear.

Simple steps such as drinking plenty of water and keeping your bowel moving daily will reduce the toxic load on your system.

Many people with hayfever are also likely to have sensitivity to certain foods – the most common being dairy produce. Dairy foods are mucous-forming which can make hayfever symptoms worse.

Try to keep dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt) to a minimum or seek out dairy-free alternatives such as rice or oat milk.

Sugar can also be problematic for hayfever sufferers. Having sugar can trigger a surge in blood sugar levels that then precipitates a dramatic drop that can then cause adrenalin production, which involves the production of histamine – just what you don’t want!

Check prevailing winds and pollen counts – and remember that wind-dried clothes can become pollen catchers. Hanging clothes inside will keep them pollen free.

Don’t be an early bird – getting up early can make your symptoms worse as pollen counts tend to peak between 5am and 10am. Try to limit unnecessary outdoor activity during the morning hours when you’re most likely to be affected.

Try eye drops for hay fever eyes – for many, the warmer weather will come as a welcome relief, but if you’re one of the 15 million people in the UK affected by hay fever, you may not want to hang up your hanky just yet.

Hay fever can cause a whole host of unpleasantness that can literally leave your eyes watering.

Swelling, mucus formation, and itching and burning in localised areas such as the throat, nose and eyes, are just some of the symptoms we associate with hay fever.

Eye problems can be one of the most irritating symptoms of hay fever. When pollen comes into contact with your eyes, they can become inflamed, itchy and watery. This can obscure your vision and cause significant discomfort.

A.Vogel Eye Drops contain Euphrasia and can be used to relieve dry, irritated or tired eyes. The drops help to soothe and maintain lubrication of the eyes and are suitable for use whilst wearing contact lenses.

They are also suitable for use during pregnancy or whilst breast-feeding, and for children from two years and above. You can find them at most independent health retailers, or online.

Apply some pressure – the principles of ancient Chinese acupressure have been used for centuries to help treat the symptoms of allergies, including hay fever.

The Hay-Band works by applying pressure to the acupressure point on either arm, called the LI-11 point.

Acupressure is believed to increase the flow of natural energy through the stimulation of various pressure points and in doing so, help unblock energy pathways to the nose and throat, and promote wellbeing.

The LI-11 point can be found at the end of the crease at the elbow. Once located, simply slide the Hay-Band into position so that the button faces inwards over the pressure point, with the bands passing either side of the elbow.

The band is fast-acting and may be worn on either arm or if symptoms are acute, one can be worn on both arms. A drug-free, natural product, the band can also be put in place as a preventative.

There is no drowsiness or other side effects and the band is suitable for adults and children over the age of three, but not suitable for use during pregnancy.

Try a natural, anti-inflammatory eye gel for sore eyes – dry, itchy skin around the eyes is a common side effect of hay fever.

The constant tears typical of hay fever coupled with frequent eye rubbing due to itchiness in the eyes causes the skin around the eye to become dry, itchy and inflamed. Sufferers often describe the skin around the eye as ‘burning’.

Typical treatment for hay fever are anti-histamines and eye drops, however very little is offered to treat the skin around the eye.

Anti-histamine eye drops also have a very drying and irritant effect on the skin around the eye, which can add to the problem

Hydrosil Dry Eye Gel is a light natural gel that contains a phytosteroid plant extract of Cardiospermum. Two UK trials and more than 12 published research trials have been carried out on cardiospermum due to its medicinal effects on inflammatory skin conditions.

In one recent double blind study carried out in Germany, Cardiospermum was found to have a significant anti-inflammatory effect without any side effects.

The gel has been tested on allergy sufferers and developed to be an extremely gentle and light formulation suitable for very sensitive, itchy, inflamed and dry skin around the eye.

It can be applied daily to dry, itchy skin around the eye and is ideal for use under make-up and is FREE from parabens, perfumes MI and SLS and is 100% vegan.

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