• Wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.
• Try HayMax Pure Organic Drug-Free Allergen Barrier Balm around your nostrils to help trap pollen.
• Shower after you’ve been outside.
• Dry your washing outside, as pollen will land on it.
• Have fresh flowers in the home – they often contain pollen (boo).
• Smoke: it makes symptoms worse.
Allergic rhinitis (aka hay fever) has trebled in the past 20 years? It’s thought that this could be linked to increased air pollution in towns and cities. For outdoor tasks, such as gardening, you might benefit from wearing a mask – which we’re sure you already own plenty of!
True – your floofs are bad news, as their fur can bring in airborne allergens. Keep them out of your bedroom and off soft furnishings to ease symptoms.
Invest in a pollen filter for the air vents in your car, and look for a vacuum cleaner that features a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
• Boots Hay Fever & Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets Exclusive. Contains cetirizine. Always read the label.
• Consider Sterimar Hayfever & Allergy Relief Isotonic Solution for runny-nose relief.
• Keep these super-soft and absorbent Kleenex Allergy Comfort Tissues in your handbag.
• Spritz Murine Natural Relief For Allergies Eye Mist onto closed eyes to keep hay fever irritation at bay.
• The Eye Doctor Allergy Cooling & Soothing Hay Fever Eye Compress helps ease itchy eyes.
Atopic eczema often occurs in people who get allergies (‘atopic’ means sensitivity to allergens). It runs in families and usually develops alongside other conditions such as, yes, hay fever. Atopic eczema also has triggers, including soaps, stress and cold, damp or dry weather.
Children often ‘grow out of’ the symptoms of atopic eczema.
It can return at any time. And, if you had it at an early age, your skin is likely to remain sensitive, even if the eczema doesn’t actually come back.
• Epaderm Cream is a 2-in-1 emollient and cleanser that smooths and hydrates skin.
• La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Moisturiser has a soothing, hypoallergenic formula approved by Allergy UK.
• Itchy skin will love comforting Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream.
If you’re concerned about your hay fever or eczema symptoms, you should see your GP.
You might not have heard of ‘dysphagia’ – the medical term for having difficulty swallowing – but it’s way more common than you’d think. In fact, it affects one in nine older people! And unfortunately, it can cause other health issues, too. Think you or a loved one might need help? Check out our dysphagia guide.