Thursday, 1 May 2014

Allergy Awareness Week: Hay Fever

I recently received an email explaining that it's currently Allergy Awareness Week, along with some tips for hay fever sufferers and I was asked whether I could feature this on my blog. I usually turn down propositions like this, as most of the emails I receive wouldn't be of interest to any of my readers. However, I know that one in four people in the UK suffer from some sort of allergy and that hay fever is extremely common, so I decided to include these helpful tips in a blog post, so I hope they help a few of you out there who suffer from the old itchy eyes and regular sneezing that's probably really annoying!

These are a few ways which could help reduce some of the symptoms:

1. Be A Fashionista

Did you know that pollen can actually deposit on your eyelashes? Wear your stylish shades from now on whenever you're outside, whatever the weather, make sure you are stopping any pollen from making your eyes itchy. Make sure you test out your summer wardrobe by changing your clothes when you go inside. Wearing the same clothes you wore outside in your home can spread pollen throughout the house.

2. Take It Sooner Rather Than Later

Allergy Specialist, Dr Adam Fox, says:
“Common allergies are often trivialised but for some, symptoms can have a considerable impact on their ability to function. To avoid allergies affecting your daily life, it’s beneficial to start using a preventative treatment early on in the year and continue throughout the season.” 
NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK (£11.99, Boots) is a clinically proven preventative treatment which blocks all types of airborne allergens from entering your nose. It's a drug-free gel you dab on the outside of your nose which is suitable for children of all ages and pregnant women.

3. Fruity Secrets

Watch out for food allergies if you're allergic to pollen as you may also react to some fruits and vegetables that contain similar proteins. If you're allergic to tree pollen it's best that throughout Spring and Summer you avoid red berries. Red berries and sometimes even apples can cause your lips to start to tingle. Try eating dried fruit, bananas or oranges instead.

Even though I'm not a hay fever sufferer myself, I know that it's very common and that these tips may help some people out there!

Let me know if this was of help!

Thanks for reading!

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