The hayfever season varies from country to country; it all depends on the climate and the type of vegetation. For example the grass pollen season in Mediterranean regions, starts and finishes about five weeks earlier than northern Europe. This means that by mid July the pollen count in popular holiday destinations like southern Spain, is usually well past its peak.
This is all well and good if you are planning a holiday, but what if you live here all year round? As a rule, coastal areas are lower in pollen as a result of fresh air blowing in from the sea. Mountain areas and moor land tend to contain less pollen producing plants and can be kinder on hayfever sufferers.
There is no cure for hayfever and if you do suffer with this common complaint there is nowhere you can go to totally avoid it, you can however greatly reduce the adverse symptoms with just a little planning.
Pollen and spores are a problem in towns as well as in the countryside, most pollen is released in the morning and rises skyward with the heat of the day, this then sinks back to earth late afternoon or early evening as the temperatures start to drop.
Although its difficult to avoid pollen and spores completely, there are several precautions you can take to lessen the amount you come into contact with. Keep doors and windows closed, especially mid morning and late afternoon, these are the times when the pollen count is at its highest. Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth, avoid drying your clothes outside, but if you do give them a good shake before bringing them back into the house. Splash your eyes with cold water throughout the day, this will not only flush out any pollen it will also cool and soothe your eyes.
Keep fresh flowers out of the house and if you have a pet wash and bathe them regularly to keep the pollen gathered in their coats to a minimum.
Check the pollen count on your local radio before venturing out, this will give you an idea if the count is high or low in your area for that day and try to avoid going out if it is high. Smear Vaseline on the inside of your nose, this may not sound pleasant, but it will stop pollen and spores settling on the lining of your nose, try to stay away from areas with lots of grass, like parks and fields.
If you suffer from severe hayfever it is best to see your doctor well in advance of hayfever season and certainly a good bit before the Easter holidays. Your doctor is the best person to prescribe an antihistamine that is right for you and there are some very good non drowsy products on the market. And finally, make sure you have a good supply of tissues to hand at all times.