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Summer Allergy Avoidance
Published on 14 August 2017 by Dr Adam Jan Bartkiewicz, GP, updated on 14 August 2017
It is the middle of the grass pollen Hay Fever season but it’s still not too late to implement simple measures to minimise your symptoms: • Pollen rises with warmer air in the mornings & comes down again in the evenings so be aware • Know your pollen season (www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/learn-about-the-weather/top-10/spring-facts) • Stay indoors & close the windows at times when pollen rises • Avoid freshly cut grass or mowing the lawn • Recirculate air in motor vehicles with windows closed when driving rather than circulating new air from outside • Use balm or petroleum jelly around the nostrils to trap pollen before it causes you a problem • Do not dry clothes outside when pollen count is high
Reduce your exposure to house dust mites:
• Use a clean towel over your pillow when sleeping • If possible, remove soft furnishings from rooms (replace carpets with timber or tiled flooring, curtains with blinds, etc.) • Vacuum regularly (use a cleaner with high filtration filter) • Damp wipe surfaces regularly • Wash bedding frequently at temperatures above 60’C • Use allergen-proof covers on bedding, etc.
Further helpful fact sheets can be obtained from www.allergyuk.org/information-and-advice
Dr Bartkiewicz has a specialist focus on allergies, if you are concerned about your symptoms or just need some further advice or support, please call 0800 852 1234 to book an appointment today.