Achoo… How awkward will it be when that sound echoes in a church, while the priest is giving his sermons. The embarrassing part will be when you are the one who makes that sound. You might try hard to withhold the ensuing sounds of sneezing, only to have more notorious sounds slipping from your mouth. If it is spring and you are lucky enough, you might even get a company or two for sneezing. However, more than the embarrassment, it is the physical condition of the person that should be really taken care of. Itchy eyes, runny and stuffed nose, the person has a good chance of having hay fever. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is a health condition in which the immune system reacts to particles in the air that you breathe in. Anything from pollen to dust, when inhaled, can make the lone soldier, ‘your immune system’ furious, making attack back and resulting in sneeze or violent cough. A prolonged case of hay fever can end up making you asthmatic or even raise problems like sinusitis or nasal polyps. However, as they say prevention is better than cure, it is always better to avoid indulging in anything that catalyses hay fever or allergy. Given here are some ways to prevent hay fever.
How To Prevent From Hay Fever
Pollen is the most common of all allergens, which can give you hay fever. The best way of prevention is to reduce your exposure to allergen. Now, this does not mean that you will lock yourself indoors completely. A very simple thing that you can do is wear sunglasses, which would help prevent the pollen from entering your eyes. You can keep the windows and doors of yoru house as well as your car closed during the days of high pollen count. Wash your clothes and hair daily. Avoid mowing the lawn. Try to avoid being outside during early mornings and evenings. Don’t hang your clothes outside and avoid spending long hours outdoors.
Keep Away From Dust
Try to keep yourself away from dust as much as possible. Vacuum your home every day and take care to keep your nose covered while dusting.
These furry friends of yours can be a reason for increasing your hay fever symptoms. So stay away from them as much as possible, especially if they are shedding.
A well balanced diet and proper exercise can help prevent you from getting hay fever to a certain extent. Avoid food that can trigger your allergy.
You can also try some of these homemade medicines, to stay away from hay fever:
Known for their medicinal properties, fenugreek seeds can help prevent many allergies. Take about 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and keep in a cup of warm water, covered, for about ten minutes. Drinking this mixture everyday can help relieve your allergy.
Make a home brew out of the peelings of grape fruit and a lemon and simmer them in a little water. Cover for about 10 to 15 minutes; you can add honey to sweeten the mixture. Have it twice or thrice a day.
A blend made of herbs like lavender flowers, calendula flowers or eyebright flowers can soothe and calm the immune system and reduce hay fever symptoms. Blend the herbs mentioned above in 1/4 cup. Add this blend to 4 cups water and keep it overnight. The next day, before you take a bath, boil the mixture and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Strain and add the herbal blend to your bath water.