Some of you may have been lucky enough to never suffer with hayfever, and some of you may have to face the pollen armageddon year after year and end up looking like the mess you see above.
If, like me, you suffer from hayfever then there are a couple of things you can do to help ease your symptoms. Who knew pollen could make you so miserable?
Vaseline or HayMax
I’m not sure if this happens to everyone, but when I have hayfever my nose runs like a tap. A little smear of Vaseline, or HayMax if you’re feeling fancy, not only soothes your snout – it also acts like a barrier that traps pollen before it enters your nose.
If worn before symptoms occur, sunglasses may help to prevent that horrible ‘I want to take my eye out and scrub it’ feeling. However, if you’re already in the midst of a pollen attack then sunglasses will at least protect your eyes from your own claws.
Allergy Eye Drops
If you’re not squeamish with eyes then eye drops are a must have. I use Optrex allergy eye drops to alleviate my red, watery, itchy peepers almost immediately.
As soon as one pollen particle hits the back of your throat, you’re in for a treat. Sunglasses and Vaseline do nothing towards helping that itchy feeling that feels like only a pipe cleaner can cure. My throat and ears are itching now just thinking about it! I’ve found the only remedy for this hayfever symptom is anti-histamine tablets. Allergy tablets with loratadine as the main ingredient work best for me, but there are many different types to try.
Are there any other holy grail items that I need to try?