Don’t let allergies ruin your spring and summer – arm yourself now and stay sniffle free!
When it comes to stopping hayfever in its tracks you need to get an early start and protect yourself from pollen before the levels get too high. If you’re allergic to pollen, your body releases a chemical called histamine to fight off what it sees as a dangerous invasion. And it’s the histamine that is actually the cause of itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat.
“Many hayfever treatments are more effective if you start taking them a few weeks before allergens appear,” says ophthalmic surgeon Sabrina Shah-Desai. Antihistamines work by blocking H1 receptors in your body to stop the allergic reaction and symptoms. But if, like many people, you find the side effects of antihistamines, such as drowsiness, brain fog and dry mouth, aren’t worth the relief they bring, it might be time to find an alternative.