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Hay fever? 6 tips for surviving Spring allergies

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Updated April 20, 2020

Red, irritated eyes, runny nose and a sore throat. Soon Spring will be here, which means pollen allergies and the like are bound to show up with the warm sun. Spring should be spent enjoying the sun and taking time to smell the flowers, not sneezing unrelentingly with puffy eyes.

How to combat or lessen Spring allergies

1. Try an over-the-counter antihistamine

For those with several aggravating symptoms of allergies happening at once, the help of a prescription-free antihistamine can be a lifesaver. Always ask your GP or local pharmacist for advice on taking such medications if you are unsure of what to look for. In the event you're unsure if you just have a cold, or if your allergies are the cause of your grief, an over-the-counter might help you determine what the cause of all that sneezing might be.

2. Nasal Rinsing

Keeping your nasal passages as clear as possible can help quite a bit with discomfort caused by pollen that has gotten stuck there. You can help yourself with a nasal rinse. It can feel a bit unusual the first few times doing nasal rinses but you adjust quite quickly to it over time. If you're already struggling with serious congestion, a nasal spray might be the better option to help deal with the worst of the blockages. There are plenty of non-prescription nasal sprays specifically aimed at those with allergic rhinitis.

3. Improve the air quality in your bedroom

It's tough to stay inside all the time when the weather becomes fairer and warmer, and even if you have allergies, it's good to get outdoors. However, many underestimate the value of making sure their bedroom is clear of any potential irritants like pollen, pet dander etc. Keep your windows closed (if you need to open them, try to do this during night time - even if it is raining outside) and consider investing in an air purifier. Some also say it helps to have a humidifier help improve the air quality.

4. Keep your home clean

Pollen has a way of getting itself on everything, everywhere. It's therefore a good idea to change your clothes immediately when coming indoors. It also doesn't hurt to try to do a bit of extra cleaning at home as well. Choose a vacuum with a good filter when you clean so that it doesn't just end up blowing out all of the pollen straight into the air all over again.

5. Shower and wash your clothes

Pollen gets everywhere, even in your hair and clothes. Shower each evening make sure to thoroughly rinse out your hair. This way, you take less pollen with you to your bed, which your nasal passages will be thankful for. Even if your shirt appears clean after being used for a day, there'll still be pollen on it, so be sure to change your clothes regularly when Spring allergy season is at its most intense.

6. Take care of your sore nose

When you're constantly sniffling or sneezing and blowing your nose afterwards, it'll often get red and tender to the touch. Always buy soft facial tissues instead of using kitchen roll or toilet paper, which are tougher on your skin. Also get yourself a great facial cream you can put on your face and nose to help sooth the skin when it's throbbing and red. Even a nourishing lip balm can help out since the lips can also get a bit dry when using loads of tissues.

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