Hayfever can ruin any garden experience – there’s nothing worse than sitting there sniffling, sneezing and blowing your nose.
The long winter 2013 has spurred on trees and crops to release pollen without notice, making it a bad year for pollen sufferers.
Follow these tips to reduce the symptoms.
1) Take a daily, non-sedating anti-histamine tablet. A range are available from chemists.
2) Use a steroid nasal spray. These work by preventing inflammation in the nasal passages, but they take several days to take effect – so be patient.
3) The pollen count is at its highest early in the morning and in the evening – so at these times try to stay indoors and keep windows closed.
4) Pollen can stick to your clothing and your hair. Give your outdoors clothes a good shake before you come indoors, and wash your hair regularly.
5) Sunglasses can help to protect eyes from pollen as well as harmful U-V rays.