The general feelings of springtime are typically along the lines of growth, re-birth, longer days of sunshine, and being outdoors. However, for many of us, this season carries a very different meaning with sneezes, itchiness, and being locked indoors.
It is estimated that around 10 million people suffer with hay fever in England alone. Our members at viewsbank echo the reach of this issue, with Nearly 40% of our members suffer from hayfever regularly. For those of us who do not feel the negative impacts of pollen, it can be difficult for us to understand how plans and feelings about being outdoors in this season may be different from our own. This spring, we can all do our best to understand if and how we can support those around us more effectively.
There are many theories about why hay fever is on the rise, including the fact that our climate patterns are shifting, causing there to be more pollen present, which is further intensified by air pollution and potentially even our recent habits of disinfecting our environments, weakening our immune systems. Whatever the cause, more and more of us are being negatively impacted by the plants around us.
So, how can we treat it? If you are feeling the impacts of hay fever for the first time this season, there are many ways to begin treating your symptoms, but many of these treatments do not focus on the long-term solution of lessening the actual allergic reaction. Quite a few people have found methods of not only treating, but ridding themselves of hay fever altogether. There is no single-pill solution for this, however, gradual and consistent changes and practices seem to have great potential.
Whichever methods we find work best for our lifestyles, it is important that each of us can still find a way to enjoy the outdoors! There are many helpful tips and tricks that may require more work in the short-term, but allow us to enjoy the fresh spring air we need!
How to enjoy the outdoors if you (or those you love) have hay fever this season!
Do some research: first, know exactly what you’re allergic to. When you know what affects you, then you can move forward with a plan of action and still enjoy the rest of the outdoors!
Be able to identify these allergens by sight. Knowing what you’re allergic to and when it is present allows you to understand the kinds of places you can venture to without all of the sneezes!
Pay attention to the pollen count: this will help you to understand how best to plan your days as well as how to plan your protection! You can take a look at the forecast here!
Plan your outdoor time accordingly: “Peak pollination times for grasses are in the afternoon to early evening, so outdoor exercisers and gardeners who are sensitive to them may want to avoid these times. Dawn and dusk are the worst times for people with tree pollen allergies.”
Be patient. For many suffering with hay fever, quite a few remedies or treatments have been tried. This can be very frustrating, especially if you are still suffering. Doing your best to remain open to alternative solutions could help you to find what works effectively for you!
Let us know your tips and tricks for this hayfever season in the comments below!