With Spring comes the inevitable beginnings of hay fever season. For those of you that suffer from hay fever, or have children that do, you know how miserable it can be. From sleepless nights to streaming eyes, hay fever is more than a mild irritation.
Our founder, Dr Anshu Bhagat, provided MyBaba readers with the ultimate hay fever guide. We’ve pulled out the key tips just for you…
How to minimise the symptoms of hay fever
- Try to stay indoors when the pollen count is over 50 grains per cubic metre (you can check this with the Met Office here)
- If you do have to go outside, avoid grassy areas and wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes
- Vacuum and damp dust regularly in your house (use a vacuum with HEPA filter)
- Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and keep the windows closed
- Do not let anyone smoke in your house. The smoke irritates the lining of the eyes, nose and throat and can make symptoms worse
Hay fever treatments
There are three main over the counter treatments available for hay fever. Antihistamine tablets are perhaps the most popular, however, these are less effective at treating a blocked nose. If sneezing and congestion are a problem, nasal corticosteroids (sprays) can be better and also relieve itchy, water eyes. Eye drops are also available for treating redness, itchiness and watering, but may occasionally cause a stinging sensation.
If symptoms are severe, it’s always worth seeing a GP to discuss other options for treatment.
In particular, if you or your child suffer from both hay fever and asthma, always speak to a GP as the hay fever could be making asthma symptoms worse. Finding an effective treatment for the hay fever could mean less severe asthma and fewer hospital admissions.