It has been estimated that around 16 million people in the UK suffer with hay fever. That’s at least 1 in 4 people! That means that a quarter of the population spend seasons of the year, often summer, with unpleasant symptoms. These can range from annoying to a level where they affect everyday life.
Unfortunately, the number of sufferers is rising, particularly in those who are middle aged. In fact, it has been predicted by Allergy UK that there could be as many as 30 million hay fever sufferers in the UK by 2030.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to help.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
Sufferers of hay fever may have itchy eyes, a runny nose or find themselves sneezing. People with hay fever may be affected at varying times of the year, depending on when the type of pollen they’re allergic to is being released.
My husband has hay fever quite badly. It was a real concern around the time of our wedding, as he gets awful symptoms sometimes and can’t stop doing giant sneezes. Our concern worsened when we realised that rapeseed was being grown in a field opposite the church. Rapeseed seems to particularly set him off! Fortunately, everything was okay on the day!
A cold is bad enough, but when you can potentially go through an entire season with these symptoms it’s just not ideal. It isn’t practical or pleasant to continually sneeze, need to blow your nose or have watery, itchy eyes. Sometimes there have been times when my husband has kept sneezing repeatedly and been unable to stop – that could be dangerous if driving!
What can you do to help hay fever?
With grass pollen arriving earlier this month and the May bank holidays in mind, AeraMax™ air purifiers have put together five expert tips. These should help you or someone you know with hay fever to enjoy their spring and summer. These methods are all suitable for children too.
1. Monitor Forecasts
Watch the weather forecast, use a weather app or look it up on the internet. Forecasts often warn about pollen levels, allowing you to be prepared. Higher pollen levels are usually present on warmer, dry days. If you are going out you may wish you visit the coast, rather than countryside as pollen gets blown inland.
2. Balm Barrier
If you put some petroleum jelly around each nostril, it can help keep irritable pollens and other allergens out of your system.
3. Shower Power
You should wash your hair and change clothes as soon as you get home on high pollen days. This will prevent pollen from spreading to surfaces around your home, such as your bed or sofa.
4. No Petting
Make sure that you don’t allow pets to get too close to your face, as their fur carries pollen. You can simply wipe their coats with a microfibre cloth to help to remove this.
5. Purify your air
If you suffer with symptoms of hay fever even when you’re indoors, a good air purifier can help to trap pollen and other airborne particles. The Aeramax™ range of air purifiers feature a True HEPA filter. This has an EU certified level of ‘High Efficiency Particulate Absorption’. In other words, it is very good at what it does and removes 99.97% of airborne impurities!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with AeraMax™ for which I received compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
- AeraMax air purifiers have the official Allergy UK Seal of Approval
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- Air purifiers help to reduce allergy symptoms by removing allergens from the air
- The AeraMax™ range of air purifiers features a True HEPA filter removing 99.97% of airborne impurities, creating a fresher home or work environment