As The UK ‘Pollen Bomb’ Approaches, Doctor Reveals How To Survive Hay Fever Season
Your eyes are streaming, you can't stop sneezing and just wish you could scratch the itch on the inside of your goddamn nose. Yep, that's right - hay fever season is upon us.
In other words, prepare for six months where we switch up our complaining about the Baltic cold to moaning about the sweltering heat. It's the British way.
Although signs of an early Spring have been welcomed with open arms in the UK, the emergence of warmer weather this February has meant hay fever season is in full swing, having kick-started pollen production early.
This weekend in particular is supposed to see a spike in pollen levels, and because we're a dramatic lot, the papers are warning against a 'pollen bomb' over the bank holiday.
While it's probably not going to be quite as extreme as it sounds, hay fever is annoying and you don't want it to get in the way of your festivities.
To help the 13 million UK sufferers out there, medical expert Dr. Daisy Bennett appeared on Sky News to provide some tips on how to keep the hay fever symptoms under control.
For those of you who want to go down the non-medical route, she suggested: "Using vaseline around your nose, that stops the pollen from landing on the mucous membrane surface, which is on the inside of your nose.
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Sounds good. What else? "Wearing wraparound sunglasses, again protecting the membrane from the eyes so the pollen doesn't land on your eyes."
In fact, Dr. Daisy was full of useful tips, such as: "Just simple things like washing your clothes if you've been outside... don't dry your bedding, bed sheets, clothes outside, because pollen will land on that."
Of course, if you don't want to look like a snot-nosed Terminator from the early '00s and you do want your bed sheets to smell like a fresh summer's day, then Dr. Daisy does recommend medication.
When asked if anti-hay fever medications work, she replied: "They definitely work... they're very effective, they've been around for years and tried and tested and so safe to use."
She added that the best course of action is the nasal corticosteroid sprays, which are types of steroids that you spray into your nose. Although you have to be aged 18 or over to get them from the pharmacy, you can go to your GP to have it prescribed, if you're younger.
If not, antihistamine tablets work well too. Hopefully one of these treatments will suit your symptoms if you're suffering from a hay fever attack.
So now you're prepared, go forth and enjoy the beautiful weather on this sunny bank holiday weekend. Apparently it's going to be a scorcher.
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