A mini heatwave is on the way, but being outside in early May can see hay fever symptoms – itchy throat, sore eyes and runny nose – intensify for sufferers .
From the flower still falling from the trees to the emerging flowers and the misty summer grass, the pollen is currently at an all time high.
So how can you lessen its impact without endlessly bursting with antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops?
Aitchoo! Hay Fever Season Is Upon Us, But There Are Natural Ways To Relieve Symptoms
Here, FEMAIL collects remedies that can simply get rid of the annoying pollen allergy without going to the pharmacist:
VASELINE AND PREVENTION
More than just a moisturizer, Vaseline acts as a barrier – trapping pollen before you can breathe it in.
However, there is a trick to make it work effectively, you have to apply it INSIDE your nose to really feel the benefits.
You should try to apply the oily substance daily at least two weeks before your symptoms appear. For even more protection, you can wear wrap-around sunglasses to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes and irritating them.
After spending time outdoors, try to take the time to shower to remove any stray pollen from your hair and skin, and put all clothes straight in the wash.
For the ultimate protection, try taking the time to shower to remove any stray pollen from your hair and skin, and toss all clothes straight into the wash.
By the way, you should try to shower at night so you don’t lie in the debris from outside bringing pollen to your bed.
Another tip is to avoid hanging laundry outside as pollen in the air can cling to your clean clothes and linger on materials.
BEE POLLEN AND IMMUNITY
Many people swear that a teaspoon of local honey every day desensitizes you to pollen and helps relieve hay fever symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to support this.
However, this theory is not completely redundant as there are now bee pollen tablets on the market.
Seems a bit of a conundrum though? Take something you’re potentially allergic to, to cure it?
Donia Hilal, senior nutritionist at Holland & Barrett, explains that bee pollen is produced by young bees when they land on a flower.
She says the unique compound contains a number of nutrients, essential fatty acids and flavonoids that boost the immune system and reduce inflammation, potentially fighting hay fever symptoms.
It is recommended to take only a small amount of bee pollen and it is important to remember that it is different from honey, which may contain other substances.
A PINEAPPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which fights inflammation to help reduce swelling and irritation caused by pollen and other seasonal allergens.
Yes, you read that right, eating pineapples can really relieve hay fever symptoms.
The tropical fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain, which fights inflammation to help reduce swelling and irritation caused by pollen and other seasonal allergens.
Pineapple also contains vitamin C and bromelain even helps reduce asthma symptoms such as cough and chest tightness by preventing irritation and inflammation throughout your airways.
Although bromelain can be taken as a supplement, eating pineapple is the ONLY tasty way to prevent hay fever symptoms.
A common symptom of hay fever is panda eyes, after slathering your mascara all over your face to soothe your itchy eyes.
But you can opt for hypoallergenic makeup like La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Black Mascara, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF30, and Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Eyeshadow.
Think about your eye makeup in particular.
… BUT NOT APPLES
Certain foods can actually exacerbate hay fever symptoms and a key fruit to avoid is the apple.
Apples react with certain types of pollen and can cause itchy mouth and swollen tongue.
This is a particular problem for those with a birch pollen allergy. According to Healthline, this is because the similarities of a protein found in apples are linked to a protein in birch that is linked to birch pollen allergy.
Healthline explains that symptoms of an apple allergy may present as swollen lips, itching in the throat or back of the mouth, swollen eyelids, stomach pain or cramps, diarrhea and skin rashes or hives.
TRY USING A NETI POT
Just like Aladdin’s lamp, this quirky Ayurvedic medical masterpiece can bring magic to hay fever sufferers.
It facilitates nasal irrigation by passing a saline solution through the nostrils to thin mucus and eliminate irritating allergens.
Healthline says people have used neti pots for hundreds of years to clear nasal congestion.
However, it is important to read the instructions carefully before rinsing your nasal passages.
Peppermint tea not only contains antioxidants, but its strong scent can clear nasal passages
DRINK TEA CUP
And if all else fails, you can always try a cup of tea! Not only is it the nation’s answer to absolutely everything, but in this case it actually works.
Tea has antioxidant properties that can reduce inflammation, but it depends on your favorite cup because too much caffeine can trigger histamine.
Peppermint tea is a good choice because not only does it contain these properties, but its powerful scent can help clear nasal passages.
It has also been suggested that chamomile tea can also be used as an eye compress to cool red, puffy eyes.