Dealing with hay fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction that occurs when the immune system overreacts to airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, animal dander, or mould spores. These substances, known as allergens, trigger symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes.

Between mid-May until July it is the season of grass pollen, which most hay fever sufferers are allergic to.

Those of you who suffer with hay fever know how frustrating it can be. There are actions that can be taken to help reduce exposure to pollen and relieve symptoms naturally. Here is what we suggest:

Keep windows and doors shut

With the warmer weather it can be tempting to open the windows and doors, but pollen can blow in from outside and settle inside, triggering a hay fever attack.

Take a shower

If you’ve spent a long time outside, taking a shower or even just washing your hands as soon as you arrive home can limit pollen entering the home.

Washing clothes

Putting your clothes in the wash when you come home is another way of reducing how much pollen enters the home after spending time outdoors.

Washing bedding

Washing bedding weekly at a high temperature can help rid your sheets of pollen.

Use an air purifier

Air purifiers take in air and trap any floating particles, before expelling the clean air back out. Air purifiers with a HEPA filter can help remove small particles such as pollen from the air, meaning you breath less pollen in.

Health Kinesiology

This holistic, alternative therapy combines principles from applied kinesiology, energy medicine and traditional Chinese medicine with the aim of addressing imbalances in the body’s energy systems and promoting overall well-being. It can be used to help identify and treat specific allergies. Castle Clinic offers allergy testing and treatment of allergies with Health Kinesiology.

If you are suffering from hay fever or other allergies, you may want to consider our Allergy Tests to learn more about what your triggers are and how to treat it. Book online or call 01423 787800 to find out more.

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