It might not feel like it, but spring is well and truly here. For some, this means long sunny days outdoors, but for others it brings itchy eyes, a runny nose and repeated sneezing. A recent survey by Boots found that over nine million British people suffer with hay fever – a rise of 400% in the past 20 years.
Allergic Rhinitis (more commonly known as hay fever) takes on many forms, depending on the type of pollen you are allergic to – most common varieties are grass pollen and tree pollen, which are spread in breezy, warm or humid weather.
But the symptoms are generally the same, according to NHS Choices they include:
- sneezing and coughing
- a runny or blocked nose
- itchy, red or watery eyes
- itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- loss of smell
- pain around your temples and forehead
- feeling tired
If you suffer from a pollen allergy then you will know this already. What you might not know though is how to treat it and soothe those horrible symptoms.
There are many anti-histamines and nasal sprays available but it is always advised to consult your GP before taking these.
Anti-histamine works by suppressing the histamine production in your body, this is the chemical that is responsible for most of the allergy symptoms we experience. When your body releases histamine it attaches to receptors in your nose and throat, causing them to swell and leak fluid. An anti-histamine prevents histamines from reaching their target areas which helps to reduce the symptoms.
However, not everyone can rely on Anti-histamine tablets or sprays and perhaps you prefer a more natural remedy?
Here are our 5 top drug-free hay fever soothers:
- Big Sunglasses
Covering your eyes – preferably with wraparound sunglasses – will help prevent the pollen from sneaking into them. As an additional precaution, look for sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful rays.
- Trap pollen before it gets in
Applying Vaseline around your nostrils can help to prevent you inhaling it. Apply Vaseline before you go outdoors and remove and reapply regularly.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is an antioxidant, natural anti-histamine and also contains anti-inflammatory properties. You can drink it daily and also soak the tea bags, cool them and use as a compress to soothe red and swollen eyes.
- Local Honey
Taking local honey just before and during the hay fever season is considered an effective hay fever reliever. It is believed that the local bee pollen in the honey will desensitise your body to other pollens around you. We cannot confirm or deny this, but we do know that raw honey is super healthy, and tasty too.
Of course this one is our favourite, and that’s because we know it works!
Our Allergy Reliever uses Red Light Therapy to suppress those cells that release histamine in your body. It is completely drug-free, clinically proven and is perfectly safe and easy to use.
The Allergy Reliever consists of a small and portable hand held unit which connects to a double nose probe. Simply insert the nose probe into your nostrils and press the start button. It works its magic in just three minutes, and you won’t feel anything at all. You can use the Allergy Reliever 3-4 times per day with a 5-6 hour gap in between each use.
The Kinetik Allergy Reliever is also multi-use so it can be used by the whole family – just ensure everyone has their own unique set of detachable nose probes which can be purchased separately from our online store.
If you enter our ALLERGYRELIEF discount code at the checkout, we will add a 20% discount to all items in our allergy range. And that is nothing to be sneezed at!