The treatment of hay fever focuses on reducing the amount of pollen you are exposed to as this will automatically reduce the severity of your symptoms. However, you cannot avoid all exposure and this is where medication plays its part. Relying on medication alone, without making any other changes often results in poor control and frustration for patients. Following the advice below as well as using over the counter medicines should mean that your summer is not ruined by unmanageable hay fever.
- Always wear wrap around or large sunglasses when outdoors.
- Apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline for example) or a barrier balm from the chemist on the bones around the eyes (taking care not to get product in the eye)
- Apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline for example) or a barrier balm around the rim of both nostrils. Apply frequently and after blowing the nose.
- The petroleum jelly/barrier balm traps pollens rather than them getting into your eyes/up your nose and worsening symptoms.
- Check pollen count. On days where the pollen count is high avoid prolonged periods outside where possible and when inside keep windows closed, using a fan to cool the air if needed.