Hay Fever Remedies: 13 Weird And Crazy Remedies To Escape Hay Fever Hell As Pollen Levels Soar In Ireland
While Ireland makes the most of the warmer weather (finally), for some, the pleasures of summer might be dampened by itchy eyes, constant sneezing and a runny nose.
One in five people in Ireland suffer from hay fever according to asthma.ie, and 80% of asthmatics do.
You can develop it at any age, even if you’ve never shown signs of it before.
Symptoms include runny eyes and nose, sneezing, itching, feeling tired and bloated, and can be easily mistaken for a cold or even Covid. However, if you have itchy eyes, nose, or throat, it’s more likely to be hay fever.
Of course, antihistamines, nasal sprays, and other over-the-counter medications are probably your best bet, but if nothing really works, there are other options to try.
So to make sure the pollen doesn’t ruin your heatwave weekend, here are our tips for getting rid of hay fever.
Researchers from Tabriz Medical University in Iran noted that the reproductive system is linked to the nasal system and found that this sex constricts the blood vessels in the nose and eyes, which prevents your eyes from running and also helps to unblock. stupidly stuffy noses.
But the problem is trying to find someone while your eyes are streaming and you’re biting all over the place.
Goran Pavlovic says his sneezing symptoms went away once he started stinging himself regularly with nettles.
His supposed remedy requires him to pluck a bunch of nettles once they start growing in the spring, and then bite themselves once a week until the fall.
“I haven’t had any issues with pollen for three years now,” the Dubliner said in 2018.
But while experts don’t recommend Pavlovic’s idea, nettle supplements have been linked to everything from arthritis treatments to hair loss, and may reduce sneezing and itching in some people. suffering from hay fever.
Irish TikTok sensation Lauren Whelan went viral after trying the odd trick of stuffing garlic cloves into her nose, which would help clear your sinuses.
Apparently, the trend, which has been called both disgusting and satisfying, is good at cleaning out sinuses that can be blocked due to seasonal hay fever.
“That’s why I’m doing this,” she said in the video, with a clove of garlic in each nostril, “I have really bad allergies.”
“I can smell the garlic at the back of my throat,” she said before throwing up.
After waiting 30 minutes for the cloves to do their job, Lauren got the desired result – a downpour of grime from her nose.
Clear spirits like gin and vodka both have low histamine content, while gin also doesn’t contain sulfites, so it’s especially good for people with itchy eyes and runny nose.
As happy as we are to hear this, it’s important to note that G&T won’t cure your hay fever, it’s just the best option for people who want an alcoholic drink.
Alcoholic drinks like beer and red wine often make hay fever and asthma worse because of the histamine and sulfites they contain, but switching to gin may help ease symptoms more than others. drinks.
Avoid dairy products
Nutritionist Emily Rollason says, “While there is no scientific connection between eating dairy products and producing mucus, many people believe that milk increases mucus production or thickens the mucus.
If you think dairy is making your hay fever worse, a dairy-free alternative like oat or nut milk may be an option.
Another way to fight hay fever is to make sure your clothes are always clean. These may contain pollen collected outdoors. Pricking them outside to dry them can even contaminate them.
Your hair can also contain pollen, just like animal hair. So try to rinse this off when you’ve been outside for a day.
Going for the hottest curry on the menu can help – or if you’re making your own, go for the spices.
Turmeric, an orange-yellow spice widely used in curries and South Asian cuisine, is believed to reduce inflammation caused by the enzyme phospholipase A2, which is caused by pollen in your system.
Capsaicin, in chili peppers, helps open up the nasal passages and relieve that feeling of bulimia.
Empty makeup bag
No one wants panda eyes, especially in the summer, so empty your makeup bag and choose hypoallergenic cosmetics that will reduce the risk of irritating your already itchy eyes and skin.
Choose hypoallergenic eye makeup, especially mascara, and you will feel the difference.
Dark-colored berries like currants, blackberries, and red grapes all contain high levels of antioxidants, but red grape skin also contains resveratrol, which reduces inflammation in the body.
According to a food and allergy study in Crete, grapes were helpful in reducing a stuffy nose, itching and runny nose due to hay fever.
The omega 3 fatty acids in oily fish are anti-inflammatory, which may help relieve your symptoms. Salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna, and sardines are all good sources. Experts recommend three servings per week.
One of the best ways to stop hay fever is to not inhale pollen. Easy, right? But rather than not breathing, petroleum jelly can act as a barrier against pollen.
Apply it around your nostrils and the pollen sticks to the balm instead of up your nose.
Yes, eating pineapples can really help your hay fever, but please for goodness sake don’t put them on the pizza.
They contain an enzyme that has been traditionally used to help with inflammation of the sinuses, where most of the problems caused by hay fever reside.
If you don’t like pineapples, fear not! You can buy the enzyme, bromelain, in tablet form at health food stores such as Holland and Barrett.
Again, the scientific evidence is slim, but apple cider vinegar has long been considered a cure for all manner of ailments.
It is believed to break up mucus in the sinuses and, it is claimed, has antihistamine properties to reduce allergic reactions to pollen.