Spring is here, which means so is hay fever season. The good news is… there’s something you can do about it.
Instead of sitting around waiting for your symptoms to start, we’ve put together a not-so-obvious guide on how you can best prepare for hay fever season.
1. Driving your car
Is driving your car driving your hay fever crazy? Keep your car windows shut and more importantly, if you use your air conditioner, make sure it’s set to recirculate the air in the car, rather than drawing in fresh – and potentially pollen loaded – air¹.
2. Dry your clothes inside
Fabric can be a magnet for pollen, so you’re better off drying clothes inside (preferably with a window cracked to prevent moisture). This limits the exposure to pollen in your home and on your freshly washed clothes².
3. Manage your hair
Tie your hair up when going outside, it’ll help prevent pollen from getting trapped in your hair and tracked back into your home.
Washing your hair before going to bed helps eliminate any pollen trapped in your hair from spreading onto your pillow (waking up to an alarm is hard enough as it is).
If you – like many male Australians do – sport a beard, be sure to wash it morning and night. Facial hair, especially a moustache, provide a great environment to collect pollen1.
4. Check the pollen count
We wake up and immediately reach for our phone. We check our emails, browse Facebook and see what’s new on Instagram before our head even leaves the pillow.
So while you’re there, check the daily pollen count and prepare yourself for the day ahead¹.
5. Unseen = Unclean. The cleaning spots we miss
A clean house means less dust. Less dust means less chance your hay fever will flare up. These are the often forgotten nooks and crannies when cleaning your house.
- On top of ceiling fans
- Under your bed
- Behind the bedside table
- Under tables
- Under the couch
- Under the cushions (including throw pillows)
- Curtains and blinds
- Tops of door frames
6. Sunglasses block more than light
It may seems like a suggestion that makes you want to roll your eyes, but wearing sunglasses can actually help prevent pollen from making its way into your eyes. Especially on windy days1.
7. Doc knows best
An obvious one, yes, but it’s a very important tip in our survival guide and the one people often neglect. Go and see a doctor. Everybody’s different and your doctor can help you work out the best plan of action for your hay fever1.