Being a hayfever sufferer for about 4/5 years now and with Summer being my favourite season, I know the struggle when you feel like you want to itch your face off but you also still want to be out in the sun! It’s more frustrating that I never used to suffer with hayfever and it’s come on really badly in the past few years (I’m currently writing this with the reddest, most sore itchy eyes on the PLANET!) so I have tried to find ways to deal with it as best as I can to make the most of the Summer months!
When I’ve Googled in the past for hayfever tips, the best I can find is ‘Don’t go outside, don’t open your windows, don’t go near your pets’ and as a lover of the outdoors and the owner of a big, fluffy Newfoundland, that just isn’t good enough! So keep reading for my top 5 hayfever tips!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor of any kind and so everything in this post is from my own experience and not medical advice! Always check with your GP before testing out new medications or anything similar.
So, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Antihistamines, eye drops and nasal sprays are so helpful when you’re suffering! I find that the Cetirizine Hydrochloride tablets work better for me than Loratadine but it’s all about personal preference and what works best for you! I’ve also tried something called ‘Red Light Therapy Prongs’ from Lloyds Pharmacy which suppresses the cells that release histamine to reduce hayfever symptoms! I found this to be quite helpful in stopping my nose itching as much but check with your doctor before trying it as it can cause issues for people with certain medical problems or if you are pregnant.
A cold shower in the morning is a lovely way to cool myself down when my face is feeling hot and itchy! Also, showering before bed if you’ve been outside and washing any clothes that you’ve worn outdoors will help get the pollen out of your hair and clothes!
Using the Sauna
I find that saunas are a nice way to clear your sinuses and help reduce the feeling of itchiness especially in my nose and eyes! If you’re not able to visit a sauna something else you can try is having a shower or a bath and you can get a similar effect from the steam in this way and also take some time out to relax! Just be careful not to have the temperature too high!
I don’t know about you but I feel as though my face gets super dry and feels quite tight when I’m suffering badly with hayfever! Not only this but it also feels more sensitive than ususal! Cetphil moisturisers are fragrance free and work super well for me to keep my skin feeling moisturised and comfortable without stinging like some other moisturisers do when my skin is feeling this sensitive! Also, sudocrem is brilliant for helping relieve dry irritated skin and I tend to apply this around my nose when it’s feeling super itchy and red to stop me looking like Rudolphs little sister!!
Last but not least, I often find that during the night it can be hard to get a good sleep when your face is hot and itchy! Wetting a small face cloth or a towel and placing it over my forehead and eyes at night often helps to cool me down and calm the itchiness enough to help me fall asleep easier! I also find it helps with reducing the puffiness and redness around my eyes if I’ve been rubbing them a lot during the day!
So those are my tips that I use to help with my hayfever during the summer months! (a cheeky additional one is drinking cups of tea, it really soothes my throat and who doesn’t love a good cuppa!) Like I said at the beginning of the blog post always take care and check with your GP to seek medical advice before trying anything like new medication/creams/devices.
I hope you found this super helpful and if you have any other tips leave them in the comments below!
Buh-bye for now,