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The simplest way to manage allergy symptoms is to limit your exposure to the allergens that you react to. It’s not always easy, but here are three key things you can do that will help.
1. Try to be outside when the pollen is lower
You’ll be exposed to more pollen outdoors, but if you plan ahead, there’s no need to shut yourself in the house. The Klara app provides a personalised 3-day pollen forecast for your area and allergy type, so you can plan your barbecue or trip to the countryside for low-pollen days.
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Pollen is highest when it is hot, dry and windy. Try to work around local pollen levels: they are lowest first thing in the morning in the city and in rural areas at the end of the day.
Keep your windows closed when pollen levels are highest or if someone is mowing the lawn – and try to exercise at times of day when pollen levels are lower.
2. Use blockers to keep pollen out of your nose
Using a nasal filter will stop you breathing in pollen, keeping it out of the sensitive areas of your nasal passages and helping to prevent hay fever symptoms. Made of clear plastic, they are discreet, easy to use and ideal for outdoor activities.
An alternative is nasal powder that coats the sensitive areas of your nasal passages, reducing the amount of pollen that can affect them.
Nasal creams applied around your nostrils will trap some pollen with its sticky surface as you breathe in.
3. Keep pollen out of your house
Because pollen can stick to fabrics, avoid drying clothes outside and take your clothes off in the bathroom. Changing into fresh clothes when you get home and wiping down your furniture with a damp cloth can help get rid of any stray pollen.
Pets can carry pollen on their fur, so it’s a good idea to run a damp cloth over them when they come back indoors. Washing and brushing your hair before bed also reduces the amount of pollen you inhale while you sleep.
1251CC July 2018