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As a lot of us are aware, the pollen count can be very high during this time of year causing some of us to have itchy noses and watery eyes.

Hay fever is a very frustrating allergy especially when trying to move on with your everyday routine. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen when it comes in contact with the eyes, nose or mouth. Pollen can land on any surface which makes this allergy harder to prevent.

Symptoms of hay fever include a pain around your temples and forehead, itchy, red and watery eyes and puffy eyes, the pollen attacks the eye lining and the skin underneath the eyelid fills with fluid to make them puffy, try your best to not rub your eyes because it can damage the eye lining. Other symptoms include a runny and blocked nose, sneezing, loss of smell, earache and fatigue.

I’ve compiled a list of some tips to prevent hay fever from getting worse. Apply Vaseline around the nose to trap pollen, dust around the areas you live, with a damp cloth – pollen will stick to the cloth when it is damp. Wearing sunglasses can prevent pollen from reaching your eyes, regularly changing your clothing after going outdoors will wash away any pollen on your clothes while having a shower will do the same for your body. By hoovering your living space often this will also help as well as putting used tea bags in the fridge, they can act as a cold compress for puffy eyes.

To ease some symptoms it is also good to not dry your clothes outdoors as the pollen can stick to them. Also, you shouldn’t smoke or be around smoke as it makes all allergies much worse. To keep track of your pollen count score, you can download an app called hay fever relief from the App Store. This app can also help you gain more knowledge on the allergy. For daily updates on the pollen count you can also visit www.met.ie.

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