As much as we all love summer, the warm weather, the blue skies and the abundance of colourful flowers, there is one downside to many of us: the return of hay fever season. From watery eyes to endless sneezing, if you’re a sufferer, you’ll know just how frustrating it can be. Forget wearing mascara – or any makeup for that matter – as before long, it’ll be causing streams of tears down your face.
Antihistamines are a popular choice for sufferers, as well as Piriton, amongst other brands. However, different medicines work differently on people’s bodies, so you should ideally speak to your GP about the best treatment. But if you would like to try a quick fix, it is worth giving some of these tips a try:
Have a shower when you get home
On days where the pollen count is high, it is worth changing your clothes and having a shower as soon as you walk in the door. This way, any pollen that has attached itself to you during the course of the day will be removed, and your symptoms should begin to dissipate.
In addition, make sure to regularly wash your face and hands to try and remove pollen that may have settled around your nose and eyes and reduce the risk of irritation.
Drink water frequently
When you are feeling dehydrated, your body can produce more histamine, which can cause you to have stronger hay fever symptoms. As a result, it is sensible to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, which will not only keep you hydrated, but can also help to give your body a detox and clear your nasal passages to enable you to breathe clearly.
Add more garlic into your diet
Many people are unaware, but garlic can act as a great natural antihistamine and help with nasal congestion. Although the ingredient is not a cure for hay fever, it can begin to offer relief from any symptoms you may be feeling; a ‘quick fix’ per se. Not to mention, it’s a great ingredient for your immune system too.
Have a gin and tonic!
One very unexpected remedy for relieving hay fever is a good, old-fashioned gin and tonic. In the news recently, Asthma UK say drinking an alcoholic tipple, such as gin, might help to relieve symptoms more than other drinks, such as beer and red wine.
Clear spirits like gin and vodka both have a low histamine content, while gin also contains no sulphites, so it is especially good for people who are suffering with itchy eyes and a runny nose. Although, it is important to note that a G&T won’t cure your hay fever. But if you are a sufferer and fancy an alcoholic beverage, grab those large gin glasses from the cupboard and pour yourself a generous helping – for medicinal purposes of course!