Every summer, thousands of people start suffering from hayfever. While there are many over-the-counter medications available, there are also a number of home remedies that can help. Whichever you decide, hayfever doesn’t have to stop you going out and enjoying the nice weather.
Hay Fever Injection
For some people with severe hay fever, an injection to help stop the reaction is the best course of action. These injections are effective for around 3-6 months and can help people through the worst of the symptoms.
It is always a good idea to speak to your doctor or chemist to ask about the hay fever injection if you are interested. You can also go to other medical centres.
The Tilbury, London and Romford-based AllergyRelief Clinic offer the perfect hayfever treatment, although there may naturally be other interesting options close to you. A reputable clinic can take you through all of the pros and cons and give you the information you need to make a decision.
Changing Eating Habits
By changing your eating habits, you can help reduce the symptoms of hay fever. Foods containing omega fatty acids such as those found in oily fish, flax seeds and other foods can support your immune system and have anti-inflammatory effects.
Vitamins are also a good way to help your immune system. Vitamin D is found in eggs, some vegetables and soya milk. Another helpful vitamin is vitamin C, which is found in kiwi and citrus fruits and has natural antihistamine properties. You can get the benefits from eating the fruit or having it as a tea.
There are now many over-the-counter medicines that can help with hayfever. These will often be small tablets containing ingredients that fall into one of two categories.
- Antihistamines that make you feel sleepy – such as chlorphenamine (Piriton), cinnarizine, diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine and promethazine
- Non-drowsy antihistamines that are less likely to make you feel sleepy – such as acrivastine, cetirizine, fexofenadine and loratadine
It is always a good idea to take the non-drowsy variety if you are planning to work or drive. They can also interact with some other medications that make you drowsy, so it is a good idea to read the instructions.
As with any medication, there are sometimes side effects. If you feel unwell or have any of the side effects mentioned in the instruction leaflet, please stop taking them.
Use Local Honey
Honey has been used by people since ancient times and is known to help with a variety of ailments. Honey has long been thought to help with hay fever symptoms because it can make sufferers less sensitive to pollen.
It is advised to get honey from local sources as this will contain the pollen that you are most exposed to during the day. This will help you to lessen the symptoms of hay fever in your local area. Be aware that if you travel to another location where the honey is different, it may not protect you from hayfever.
Most places will have a local farm shop or local store that will sell honey made in the area. Although this may be slightly more expensive than the mass-produced honey, it will probably work better for your allergies.
Take A Holiday to the Seaside
It can be a good idea if you are planning on taking a holiday in the summer to go somewhere near the sea. The coast usually has lower pollen levels because the sea breeze blows the pollen away. Another factor that can help is moisture from the sea, which prevents the pollen from travelling too far.
It is still advisable to take any other remedies with you just in case you need them, but you should try to go a day or two without them while you are there. If you find that you are no longer getting symptoms, then you can carry on until your holiday is over.
Even though not every summer is the same, you may still find times when your hay fever is worse than others. Each year, changes in plants that release pollen can also fire a reaction depending on which ones you are allergic to. Some years record a higher level of pollen than other times, or there might be more of a certain type in the air.
These remedies will help you control your hay fever symptoms and may even give you total relief, especially if used in conjunction with other natural remedies. Always remember to consult your doctor or clinic if you find that your symptoms are not going away. They can then offer you more help and advice.