Sunday, 30 June 2013

Hay fever (and a heavy cold) stops play...

I was really looking forward to getting out for a walk on our special river walk route today. The one we've been walking every month in 2013 to observe the seasonal changes. Things have been busy here and this weekend was the last chance to get out for the June walk.

But this is the scene in the English countryside at the moment:





It's grassy out there! A hay fever sufferer's worst nightmare.

This was a walk we did last weekend in Somerset, not so very far from the Glastonbury Festival site. (In fact, we were held up en route on the A37 by a major Worthy Farm portaloo delivery. We may not have been to the festival but perhaps we saw Mick Jagger's toilet arriving.)

Usually my hay fever is bearable. After 24 summers of suffering, I've found what works for me. Having given just about every remedy available a go over the years (homeopathy, acupuncture, vaseline round the nostrils, and heavy duty anti-histamine tablets - you name it I've tried it) my preferred strategy is pollen avoidance where possible, sunglasses outside and regular use of a Beconase type nasal spray and eye drops. 

Most of the time this is effective. But this weekend I'm nursing a streaming cold on top of hay fever. A river walk through grassy meadows, even in the interests of maintaining our monthly track record of walks, is the very last thing I feel like doing.

Luckily I get to make up the rules here, so I say, TWO river walks in July instead!

Meanwhile - have you got any favourite hay fever remedies that I've missed and really should try? Any favourite summer cold remedies? And best of all any combined hay fever/summer cold remedies!! 

(If anyone's interested, the walk near Glastonbury was another from the Countryside Books stable - they don't do a Kiddiwalks Somerset book but this four mile walk was from their Pocket Pub Walks in Somerset book (we haven't got the book (yet) but downloaded it as a PDF from their website))

14 comments:

  1. You have my sympathy. Hayfever ruins the best part of the year for my hubby and kids too. Somehow I am the only one who is immune. I know that my kids are awake by the twenty odd sneezes each to start the day!
    We try to walk in cool woodlands and avoid fields. Pollution is supposed to be a factor, so plan to visit coastal areas if possible.
    I also think that using a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter helps. You can also get a ventilation system for your home that can have a hepa filter included. (This is the company I looked at http://www.nuaire.co.uk/our-products/Residential/products?pt=1685)Of course then you may not want to leave the house all summer ;)

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    1. Ah that would be a great idea - decamping to the coast for 6 weeks...interestingly I grew up near the sea and didn't get hay fever until I moved away.

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  2. We have found there is no miracle cure and avoidance is the best. My son had very bad hay fever and after every possible try at helping him, he finally went to an allergist and started shots. After a couple of years of them, he is almost symptom free.

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  3. Try and allergan reducer (about £15 from pahramacies and larger supermarkets). It has two probe thinings you stil up your nose for 3 mins twice a day. The idea is that the infra red targets the areas which produce the histamine. Ive used them (am on my second) for nearly 4 years and havent looked back! I occasionally need to use beconase but thats it, I cant recommend them enough.

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    1. I've seen adverts for these and wondered about them. Do they sort out itchy eye symptoms too?

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  4. My eldest daughter and husband both suffer from hayfever. No miracle cures I'm afraid, but I have been trying to get them both to have a spoonful of local honey every day.

    Not sure how effective it is as this is the first year we've tried it. Tilly's hayfever in particular does seem a bit better, but that could be because of the odd growing season this year. (She does take a prescribed antihistamine too). We started the daily honey last winter and I'm trying to keep it going- any effect seems to be accumulative. It's more popular than the (anti histamine) nettle tea I tried last year at any rate!

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    1. I thought this year was the year I'd finally grown out of hay fever but it has been late. I have heard of the local honey thing but haven't put it to the test very thoroughly. Maybe next year.

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  5. Local honey - take a teaspoon a day and start it a month before your personal hayfever season kicks in. I told a friend about this who was on major antihistamines and inhalers and shes practically ditched the medication. Good luck!

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  6. I have no words of wisdom for you. I'm sorry. I suffer from the same thing and know how unbearable it can be.

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  7. My eldest lad suffers badly too. I read on an American blog that you should not hang your laundry outside if you have hay fever because there will be pollen all over your clothes! Appalled by the idea that I should not do this green and thrifty thing I googled and found American advice saying don't hang outside and UK advice saying don't hang inside because it encourages mould spores which are bad for asthmatics and hay fever sufferers. I concluded that I should not do laundry.

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    1. The only way forward for hay fever sufferers is naturism then?!

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