There are several steps you can take to minimise the symptoms of Seasonal Rhinitus, or hay fever. Some of the most common preventative methods are:
Stay indoor with the windows closed during the morning hours, when pollen levels are the highest. Plants produce the most pollen between 5 and 10 a.m. and before dusk. Keep track of the pollen count by updating yourself with the Pollen Calendar. Click here to read our article on this topic.
While driving keep car windows and doors closed. Some cars can be fitted with car pollen filters.
Avoid summer meadows and areas of flowering grasses. Seaside areas usually contain lower pollen counts.
Wear sunglasses to stop any pollen from entering the eyes.
Wash clothes and hair after being outside to remove any trapped pollen. Dry clothes in tumble dryer; do not hang laundry outside as it collects pollen.
Do not plant tress or shrubs too close to the house and get rid of weeds.
Ceiling fans may aggravate the problem by drawing air into the house from outside. Use of HEPA Air Purifiers can remove 99.97% of particles such as pollen from the air. Click here to read article
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It is important to maintain a healthy diet rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which helps strengthen the immune system to help fight against the hayfever symptoms. Read our article on nutrition and hay fever.
- Mowing the lawn is by far the most harmful exercise for anyone allergic to grass pollens and the mould that grows on grass
- Some tree pollens, e.g. horse chestnut are relatively heavy and so do not travel very far; making them easier to avoid
- Avoid mucus-forming foods such as dairy products, refined wheat products and processed foods in general.
If you suffer from Perennial Rhinitus which affects you all year round, you can help by avoiding mould spores, house dust and animal wastes around the house:
Keep the house dry all the time with the help of Dehumidifiers , which prevent surfaces around the house from being moist, which increase the chances of mould growth.
Vacuum frequently with a suitable vacuum cleaner that has high filtration to remove dust from carpets and floors to avoid dust mite growth.
In hot humid weather, an efficient air conditioner can help filter out particles in the air and leave the air cool and refreshed.
Keep bathroom surfaces and walls clean with the use of disinfectants, to prevent the formation of moulds. See our range of natural chemical free cleaning products.
If you are sensitive to animals, avoid contact, and wash hands after contact. It is important to have pets bathed and groomed regularly with the use of animal shampoos. You can also treat your home environment with allergy sprays, which will help to neutralise the allergy too. See our range of natural chemical free Pet products.