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With the arrival of spring and the beginning of summer, the grass turns green, the trees renew their leaves and the parks and gardens are filled with flowers.
However, for those who suffer from the so-called hay fever or more generically pollen allergy , the spring season can be a real nightmare.
This allergy – which affects millions of people around the world – is a reaction to fungal spores and pollen particles released by plants and trees as part of their reproductive cycle.
The most common symptoms are sneezing and coughing and inflammation of the nasal mucosa, which causes congestion and runny nose and irritation of the eyes.
The onset of symptoms is linked to what we are allergic specifically: to the pollen of the trees or to the grass and to which species of plant in particular, since each of them are pollinated in different months of the year.
Although there is currently no cure, pollen allergy can be controlled . There are various medications (nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines) that are sold at the pharmacy to reduce symptoms.
But if you prefer not to resort to medication and the symptoms you suffer are mild, you can keep the allergy at bay avoiding the situations that trigger this reaction in your body.
Here we give you some tips to survive the misery of pollen.
1- Check the pollen count in the weather forecast
If the authorities of your country make it public, check the pollen count in the weather forecast.
This is a measure that specifies the number of pollen grains per cubic meter of air. According to the Met (the United Kingdom Meteorological Office), when this number exceeds 50 , allergic people can develop symptoms.
It also pays attention to climate, since it affects how much pollen releases trees and plants, and how it is distributed.
On wet and windy days, pollen spreads easily, but when it rains, the air clears.
In summer days, for example, the count is higher when the afternoon falls.
2 – Vaseline and glasses
The national health system of the United Kingdom, known by its acronym NHS, recommends covering the nostrils with Vaseline to trap pollen grains and prevent them from entering the respiratory tract.
The glasses also serve to protect the eyes from these particles.
3 – Shower and change of clothes
Another recommendation is to shower, wash your hair and change your clothesif you’ve been outdoors.
Many of the pollen particles are trapped in your hair and the fibers of your clothes.
If you do not eliminate them, you will suffer the same symptoms even if you are in a closed environment.
4 – Hang clothes inside the house
In summer, if it is a sunny day, it is very tempting to dry your clothes outdoors.
However, if the wind moves the pollen particles, they can get stuck in the clothes.
Better hang your stuff inside.
5 – Vacuums regularly
In addition to keeping windows and doors closed, the NHS recommends vacuuming regularly.
This is important, especially if you have carpets.
Also clean the dust of the furniture with a damp cloth , so as not to pick up dust.
And avoid having fresh flowers in the house.
But remember that if the symptoms are more severe, you can resort to medication. Modern antihistamines do not cause drowsiness like the old ones and can make you feel better.
When in doubt, you can also consult a doctor.