Hay fever sufferers warned of ‘pollen bomb' this Easter weekend - how to manage symptoms
HAY FEVER sufferers have been warned to expect high pollen levels over Easter Weekend with friends and family set to meet outdoors under the newly re-introduced rule of six. Allergy UK has advised the best treatments for managing symptoms.The severity of pollen levels is measured by Pollen Grains Per Cubic Metre (PPM). A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 very high.
© GETTY/ITV Hay fever treatment: Liz Earle says ‘stop tea and coffee' - three alternative remedies
The pollen count is rising and many hay fever sufferers will be bearing the brunt of symptoms. There's currently no cure for hay fever and you cannot prevent it, but there are things you can do to ease symptoms. Known for her herbal remedies and go-to tricks, Liz Earle recommended the best ways to beat allergy symptoms now on This Morning.
"The first way to look at it is, 'what's going on outside?'" said Liz.
"You shouldn't peg washing outside...try and keep pollen outside."
Liz also advised taking your coat off and hanging it outside, having a shower when you get in and washing your hair to wash any pollen away, and wearing sunglasses (the bigger the better) to keep pollen out your eyes.
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She added: "You can get expensive gels that you put up the nose, but a good dollop of Vaseline works just as well."
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The next thing is to look inside, at the body's histamine response - histamine being the stud allergies are made of.
"Stop drinking tea and coffee because they're high in histamine," warned Liz.
Instead, she recommends drinking holy basil tea, which has been shown to reduce the amount of histamine.
Quercetin, found in red apples, also helps moderate the body's immune response, so Liz recommends eating a breakfast bowl of grated red apple with the skin on with plain live yoghurt or kefir.
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Live yoghurt and kefir are interesting, she said, as they contain lactobacillus to help with rhinitis.
Finally, Liz recommends reishi mushrooms.
She said: "Reishi mushrooms are new to me but I've been taking this.
"That's been shown to have an impact on the T cells and the way they work with histamines." © GETTY Hay fever treatment: Liz Earle says ‘stop tea and coffee' - three alternative remedies
Some of Liz's recommendations for treating hay fever are echoed by the NHS:
- put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
- wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off
- stay indoors whenever possible
- keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
- vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
- buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
The health body also advises you:
- do not cut grass or walk on grass
- do not spend too much time outside
- do not keep fresh flowers in the house
- do not smoke or be around smoke - it makes your symptoms worse
- do not dry clothes outside - they can catch pollen
- do not let pets into the house if possible - they can carry pollen indoors
If you suffer from hay fever you can also speak to your pharmacist.
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Early treatments ranged from taking opium to removing bones from the noseHay fever symptoms are caused from an allergy to pollen, and today can be treated with antihistamines. But the links to pollen weren’t established until the early 19th century, and it was more than hundred years later before allergies were understood with the term first coined in 1906.