While most of us are dying for the summer with its sun-filled days and plenty of outdoor living, for hay fever sufferers it can come with its challenges. From watery eyes to itching up a storm, summer can be a nightmare for those that have allergies. But there are some steps you can take to survive hay fever season and manage your symptoms; little things that can make a difference (yes to anything that helps!). We're talking you through some practical tips to survive hay fever season and limit your exposure to allergens.
Tips to Survive Hay Fever Season
Trying to survive hay fever season? Manage your hay fever and minimise symptoms with these practical tips.
Pay attention to the pollen counts
There are monitors throughout the country that collect data on daily pollen counts within the different regions of Ireland. If the pollen count is high in your area, it's best to stay indoors until at least 10 am. This is when daily pollen is at it's highest and most airborne. You can view up to date counts at Met Eireann.
Keep the outside out!
When you go outside, pollen collects on your clothes, and hair. If you have pets, remember that pollen can gather in pet fur. When you're back inside, change your clothes, wash your hair and try to wipe your pet with a damp cloth. This limits the amount of pollen inside your house. Furthermore, keep the windows of your house closed as often as possible. Also if you have any houseplants, leave them outside for the summer!
Check out your garden
If you have a garden or plants, it might be worth checking if they are high-allergen or low-allergen. Some plants are worse than others for triggering hay fever symptoms. There is a plant allergy scale called 'OPALS' which you can use to look up specific plants in your garden. It may be a case of needing to get rid of one culprit!
Get a hay fever wardrobe
Wrap-around sunglasses can stop pollen from getting into your eyes and a hat could stop pollen collecting in your hair. Consider wearing light fabric long trousers and a long sleeve top instead of shorts and a t-shirt. The less pollen you come into contact with, the better. Lastly, try putting some cream under the nose, it can catch pollen before it has a chance to irritate you. Makes sense!
Filter out your allergies
Vacuum the house regularly, but try and make sure you empty the vacuum bag often. If you are buying a new vacuum cleaner, think about choosing one with a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA). If you are dusting the house, use a damp cloth rather than a dry cloth or feather duster. When you are getting your car serviced, ask to have the air filters checked and changed if necessary.
Choose the seaside over the countryside
Generally speaking, the seaside has a lower pollen count than areas in the countryside. If you fancy an afternoon stroll, you're be better off walking by the sea than in a grassy area.
If you're after more tips to survive hay fever season, these natural hay fever remedies may be of interest!
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Checked and updated: 1 September 2021