Pollen allergy and hay fever - what helps?
The most important points in brief
- Hay fever is an expression of an allergic reaction to certain bee pollen.
- The symptoms are often unbearable and last for a few weeks or even months in some allergy sufferers.
- The constant supply of moisture to the mucous membranes is the best approach.
- If your eyes are itchy, eye drops are a good idea.
- Regular showering washes pollen from your hair and skin.
When winter is past its zenith, most people look forward to warmer times. However, some of us have mixed feelings about spring and summer: the first pollen flies through the area early in the year, and it stays that way for a few months. But what can you do about the worst symptoms of a pollen allergy or hay fever?
The most annoying symptoms of a pollen allergy and hay fever
Everyone knows the feeling when you have a bad cold. The nose is completely closed, the head is booming and you can hardly look out of the eyes. Allergy sufferers feel similarly, but many of them not only for a few days, but often for weeks and months. Some hay fever victims have a bad itchy eye and all of this together leads to an unbearable weakness.
To relieve symptoms, it is always good to flush the mucous membranes. As a result, the pollen deposited there is, to a certain extent, flushed out. That is why nose drops and eye drops, such as those in the Kanela range, are a great idea.
Moisture helps against a pollen allergy or hay fever
When we catch a cold, our mucous membranes dry out very quickly. Anyone who suffers from severe hay fever not only has to endure the fact that the mucous membrane becomes dry, but also - as described - the fact that the pollen settles there. This means that you should always keep the mucous membranes moist.
This works pretty well with a nasal wash. The contained table salt helps that the pollen stuck on the nasal mucous membrane is flushed out. A steam bath in which approx. Two teaspoons of table salt is dissolved has a similar effect. The steam rises up through the nostrils and moisturizes them, which can significantly reduce the itching. The steam bath also manages to loosen the pollen from the mucous membrane. Drinking a lot actually helps to keep the mucous membranes moist. Healthy, vitamin-rich food also helps.
Oils help in two ways for hay fever symptoms
Essential oils are actually always good for our organism. This also applies to hay fever symptoms. If you put an open vessel with water in the room and add a few drops of peppermint oil, the essential oils dissolve the phlegm and make breathing easier.
Different types of oil must be inhaled to combat hay fever while calming the bronchi. Dill oil, fennel oil or eucalyptus oil are particularly recommended here.
The eyes also often suffer from pollen allergies
At the beginning I already mentioned: For many allergy sufferers, itchy eyes are just as ugly as hay fever itself. Reflex-like rubbing only makes the situation worse. The best solution is actually a damp, cold washcloth to cover your eyes with for a few minutes.
Many allergy sufferers also suffer from severe symptoms at night, although pollen only flies during the day. But why is that? Well, the pollen not only gets caught in clothing, but also on the skin and especially in the hair. That is why a thorough shower and hair wash before going to bed is strongly recommended to rinse off the pollen.
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