What is hay fever?
Hay fever is defined as an extreme sensitivity to a variety of pollen types from trees, shrubs, grasses, grains and herbs. When allergy sufferers come into contact the pollen that affects them, symptoms such as sniffles, watery eyes and itching follows. In Europe, overall pollen counts are highest in spring, from April to June. As allergy sufferer reacts to only certain allergens, it is important to identify when that particular allergen is most present.
Tips for allergy sufferers
- Showering before going to bed washes pollen from skin and hair and prevent them being inhaled during the night.
- Properly ventilate: On the countryside in the evening hours, in the city preferably in the early morning.
- During pollen season, daily vacuuming can reduce pollen concentrations in the home.
- Keep the bedroom pollen free, i.e. change clothes outside the bedroom and do not keep worn clothing in the bedroom. During the pollen season, do not dry laundry outside as pollen adheres itself to cloth.
- Rain cleanses the air. Following rain showers, use the time for a walk or to air out your home.
- Speak with your doctor or pharmacist about treatment options for your allergy symptoms.