Tips on Coping with Hayfever

Other practical suggestions include:

At home

  • Keep windows and doors closed - including overnight as early morning pollen can be particularly troubling
  • Avoid high pollen activities e.g. ask a partner or friend to mow your lawn for you
  • Vacuum your house regularly and dust with a damp cloth. The best vacuum cleaners to use have a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter
  • Avoid fresh flowers in the house. If you love the look of fresh flowers try artificial silk ones instead. Flowers that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction include azaleas, petunias, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and daffodils
  • Avoid cigarette smoke, which can make your symptoms worse
  • Keep pets out of the house in the hayfever season, or wash them regularly if they live indoors
  • Change your clothes and shower to remove pollen after being outside
  • Shake the washing before you bring it in from the garden to dislodge any pollen - get a non-hayfever sufferer to do this for you if possible.

Out and about

  • Avoid walking in grassy areas, especially longer grasses
  • Avoid camping holidays during your hayfever season
  • Wear sunglasses - wrap around ones give maximum protection
  • Keep the car windows shut
  • Check you have pollen filters on the car air vents and change them at every service
  • The pollen count is often lower nearer the coast, so why not take a trip to the beach?

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