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Tips for handling hay fever

A woman suffering from hay fever

Whilst it is impossible to escape pollen completely (as much as you’d like to) there are some things that you can do to help reduce your exposure.

Avoid spending time in rural areas

Sea breezes can blow pollen in land; heading to the coast can help you to escape the pesky plants!

Wash when you get home

Showering to help manage allergies

Pollen can stick to your skin and hair. On high pollen days, showering and washing your hair after arriving home and changing your clothing can help to reduce symptoms.

Keep windows and doors closed

This is most important in the mornings and evening when pollen levels peak. Shutting windows and doors can help to keep the pollen outside of your home. If you are still suffering indoors an air filter such as a HEPA filter may be able to help.

Dress for the weather

Sun glasses to help manage allergies

Wear wraparound sunglasses and a hat with a large brim, this can help to keep pollen out of your eyes and off your face.

Keep track of daily pollen levels

Keeping track of daily pollen (you can use the BENADRYL® Social Pollen Count App, available for iPhone or Android) can also help. Mid-morning until afternoon is usually the time of the highest concentration of pollen in the air. Try to avoid being outdoors on particularly windy days when pollen is stirred up and mixed into the air. Visit Social Pollen Count.

If you are still suffering you may require medication. Find out more about the allergy treatment options available to you.