Already sniffling your way through the warmer weather? No one wants to spend months nursing sore eyes and runny noses. But, unfortunately, when temperatures rise, our allergies often flare up, too.
This coming Allergy Awareness Week (25 April-1 May), we’ve asked optometrist Sarah Farrant to give us her top tips for keeping allergies at bay over the spring/summer season. Here’s what she told us:
1 Keep eyes under wraps
Wearing wraparound sunglasses can reduce the amount of pollen or spores that enter your eyes. Allergy-irritated eyes are also more sensitive to sunlight, so stylish shades can help to ease the discomfort of sore eyes, too!
2 Take your shoes off
Those favorite wedges of yours might be what’s bringing pollutants, allergens, and toxins into your home. To keep spores out of the house, wipe your shoes well on a mat and then keep them in the hall, garage, or laundry room out of sight.
3 Shampoo away the pollen
It’s often compared to dust, but pollen is actually much stickier. When it finds its way into your hair it can transfer on to your pillow, causing further irritation throughout the night and leave you feeling groggy the next morning. If you’ve been outside during the day, taking a warm shower before bed can help minimise its impact and promote a good night’s sleep.