You’ve checked the pollen forecast and – hurrah! – the pollen count is low today! So why are you still experiencing the usual sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throat?
“It doesn’t make sense! The pollen count is low but i’m still sneezing, why?”
There are a number of reasons that you may be still experiencing the affects of hay fever. Even after the grass pollen season is over. Below are a list of factors causing your misery.
The main reason is that certain plants pollinate at different times of the year. If you an allergic reaction to more then grass pollen, you may be feeling the affect of other pollinating plants. Below is a chart of plants and when they pollinate.
What can you do?
You can check the pollen forecast using the Hay Fever Relief App. You can also check when certain plants pollinate using the table above or check the information section of the App. Keeping you prepared.
Pollen Trapped at Home:
One of the most likely causes is that pollen has become trapped in your home. If you’ve been out and about during high pollen count days, chances are that you brought pollen back into your home with you on your clothes and in your hair – and if you have pets, it’s likely that they’ve brought some in on their fur!
And what do people always recommend during hay fever season? ‘Keep your windows shut!’. In this case, keeping your windows shut might be a bad idea, since all it’s doing is trapping pollen inside your home with you!
What can you do?
Stick any clothes that you’ve worn over the last few days in the wash, wash your bed linen, and have a general clean up and hoover. If you’ve got pets, give them a bath!
Open a few windows to get a draught through your house to sweep pollen away and bring in some fresh air.
In future, make sure to always get changed in the bathroom after coming home during high pollen count days. This ensures pollen doesn’t spread through your home, and since many bathrooms come with extractor fans, pollen can be easily removed from this room. In addition, make sure to always wash your hair before going to bed to make sure you don’t get pollen all over your pillow and sheets.
Over-Stimulated Immune System:
However, it could also just be that your immune system is still in hyperdrive, particularly if you’ve just experienced a long stretch of high and very high pollen counts. At this point, you may be reacting more severely to even very low levels of pollen – remember, a low pollen count doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no pollen in the air!
What can you do?
Supporting your immune system naturally is a great way to prevent this from happening.
One of the best ways to support your immune system during hay fever season is to avoid histamine-containing foods. These include most aged or fermented foods, such as mature cheese, vinegar, sauerkraut or yoghurt. Alcohol is also rich in histamine!
Instead, try to eat some foods rich in anti-histamines. These include garlic, ginger, blueberries, carrots and oranges – essentially, anything high in vitamin C or Quercetin will be a huge help.
You should also try to avoid too much refined sugar, as this can trigger an adrenaline rush in the body, causing you to produce more histamine. Avoiding stress will also help to reduce this adrenaline rush, so make sure to take some time to relax and wind down.
You can check the hay fever diet page on the Hay Fever Relief App.
Remember your Hay Fever Medication:
It’s important that you keep taking your hay fever medication or remedies even on low pollen count days, as another high pollen count day is often just around the corner!
What you can do?
You can check your symptoms and get an instant treatment plan using the our App. You can also visit our shop to see what non-medical treatments are available to you.