Sneezing, red eyes and a running nose. These are all signs and symptoms of dreaded hay fever.
Every year around March to August, pollen descends upon us, causing havoc with our sinuses. From late March-mid May the culprit is tree pollen, before grass pollen arrives in mid-May-July and then weed pollen in late June-September. That's one long pollen season!
Although there's currently no cure for hay fever, most people are able to relieve symptoms with self-help treatments and a range of medicines.
To help keep your hay fever at bay, we've rounded up a range of tricks and tips....
Medicines which might help combat hay fever
According to the NHS, antihistamines are one of the best ways to treat some of the symptoms of hay fever.
The website states: "Antihistamines treat hay fever by blocking the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it's under attack from an allergen. This stops the symptoms of the allergic reaction. Antihistamines are usually effective at treating itching, sneezing and watery eyes, but they may not help with clearing a blocked nose. They're available in tablet form and also as nasal sprays and eye drops."
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Self help treatments
The NHS also states that it is sometimes possible to prevent the symptoms of hay fever by taking some basic precautions.
Wear wraparound sunglasses
According to the NHS, wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you're outdoors might help.
Remove pollen from your body
Once you've been outdoors, make sure you remove the pollen on your body by taking a shower and changing your clothes.
Stay indoors when the pollen count is high; this is especially the case when the pollen count is more than 50 grains per cubic metre of air (you can check your local pollen forecast at Met Office). Likewise, keep windows shut (as miserable as that sounds).
Stockpile the Vaseline
Apply a small amount of Vaseline or petroleum gel to your nasal openings to trap the pesky pollen grains from getting inside.
Say good riddance to fresh flowers
Don't keep fresh flowers in the house.
Head for the coast
That sea breeze will blow pollen inland, giving you temporary relief. Holiday home by the beach, anyone?
Damp dust regularly
Dusting with a wet cloth, rather than a dry one, will collect the dust and stop any pollen being spread around.
Keep pets out of the house during the hay fever season
If your pet does come indoors, wash them regularly to remove any pollen from their fur.
Avoid drying clothes outside
This will help to stop pollen being brought into your house.