As you stay quarantined inside your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t be too alarmed if you begin suffering from symptoms from another illness— hay fever.
Pollen season is among us. According to the NHS, hay fever is usually worse between late March and September. Unlike colds, which only last about a week or two, these allergies can stick around for several weeks or even a couple of months.
Some of the most common symptoms of have fever include:
- sneezing and coughing
- a runny or blocked nose
- itchy, red or watery eyes
- itchy throat, mouth, nose, and ears
- loss of smell
- pain around your temples and forehead
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In addition to the symptoms noted above, anyone that has a pre-existing condition like asthma, may also suffer from symptoms like tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing.
There are a lot of ways you can prevent yourself from these seasonal allergies. Staying indoors may be your best bet—especially since there’s a current pandemic that’s been taking place at the moment. But if you need to stretch your legs and get a little sunshine, practice these tricks during peak pollen season to prevent the agitation from getting worse.
- Wear sunglasses to prevent pollen from getting in your eyes
- Shower often to clear off any pollen that has attached itself to you
- Vacuum your home regularly
- Use pollen filters in your car and home
- Use Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
If these tips don’t seem to do the trick, you may have to take a look at your diet as it may help with your hay fever symptoms.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for hay fever but you can take action to ensure that it doesn’t affect your day-to-day life.