How to beat seasonal allergies

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Hay fever is one of the most common allergies.

And as anyone who suffers from the condition - especially in the spring and summer months - will know, it can be highly disruptive to daily activities.

"It stands to reason that if you're allergic to grapes then you avoid eating the grape. So, if you're allergic to pollen, you avoid the pollen," said airborne allergens expert, Max Wiseberg. "But it's difficult to do that when you're outside because it's everywhere."

Read on for some handy hints to help combat the issue.

Wash your face

Be sure to wash your hands and face as soon as you step indoors on high pollen count days.

"This will wash away allergens so that they can't cause a reaction, and a cool compress will soothe sore eyes," he commented. "This also works well for dust and pet allergies."

Shower at night

Similarly, showering at night can help remove any allergens you pick up over the course of the day.

"Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles, dust and pet allergens from your hair and body," advised Max.

Wash bedding

"It's a good idea to wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly. Anti-allergy bedding made from 'intelligent fibres' can be very helpful for those people who suffer from dust mite allergies. They limit the growth of dust mite allergens and also keep them away from the skin. Also, be sure to vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to remove pollen particles," the expert explained. "Close windows and use an air conditioner, preferably with a High-Efficiency Particle Arresting (HEPA) filter, to capture the pollen and dust particles, cool and circulate the air."

Create a hay fever first aid kit

If your allergy is particularly severe, or you find one product does not quite do the job, you can create your own hay fever first aid kit.

"This may consist of one or more natural products, such as an organic allergen barrier balm like HayMax, one antihistamine, one nasal spray and eye drops. However, there are rules: never take two antihistamines together, never take two steroid nasal sprays together, and consult your pharmacist or doctor about it if you are already taking another medication," he added.

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