11 May 2021

Our Top Hay Fever Tips

The brighter evenings are upon us and the sun is starting to shine, but this time of the year can be a time of dread for most people in Ireland, the dreaded pollen starts to appear. For many hay fever sufferers, prevention can be better than the cure. Starting preventative care like taking a daily antihistamine such as Cetrine, Telfast, Zirtek or Lorat from March onwards is a beneficial way to prevent severe allergies.

Nowadays, we have numerous products to help with allergy season. Probiotics are one people do not automatically think of. Lactobacillus Casei has been shown to reduce the immune response in hay fever and also beneficially alter the balance of pollen-specific antibodies in the blood, which can lead to a reduction of symptoms. This ingredient can be found in most probiotics, Bio Kult, and Udo’s Choice Super 8 contain this bacteria that can reduce symptoms for hay fever sufferers. The gut can help mediate the body’s reaction to an allergen and when the gut is healthy everything seems to follow. Certain foods can reduce seasonal allergy symptoms such as fatty fish, flaxseed, broccoli, oranges, peppers and strawberries.

Allergy sufferers can experience sneezing, sniffling, congestion, and itchy skin problems. In fact, skin conditions such as eczema and hives can be linked with seasonal allergies. Puffiness and dark circles around the eyes are also a frequent hallmark of allergy sufferers. It is beneficial to use the right skin care at this time of the year to offer relief of symptoms.

Ranges such as La Roche Posay Toleriane range are designed to hydrate and sooth sensitive, reactive and allergic skin. The Toleriane range provides daily care to calm and protect even the most sensitive skin, for immediate and long-lasting relief that reduces sensitivity over time. Airtight packaging along with fragrance free, alcohol free formulations with minimal ingredients limit the risk of allergies. Toleriane was awarded the Seal of Approval from Allergy UK. Toleriane ultra eyes is a favourite with those experiencing eye discomfort. This eye cream soothes the eye area and is completely safe to put on the lid area, reduces the puffiness and redness of the eye. Toleriane is the soothing blanket your reactive skin needs.

You can help control your symptoms this allergy season by following some simple everyday tips:

  • Try putting a hayfever balm around the nose area, dry your clothes inside as pollen can stick to the clothes outside.

  • Keep your bedroom window closed if possible, as your bed can be a pollen bomb otherwise. Shower or wash your face and hands when coming in from being outside. Hayfever wipes (Nuage) are great for those on the go. You can bring them in the car, pop them in your handbag or kids school bags. The simple act of wiping away any possible pollen or allergens is effective to prevent your allergies getting the better of you this season.

When searching for advice or help this allergy season be sure to call in and talk to one of our friendly healthcare professionals or phone your local Hickeys Pharmacy. We are here to help.