As Spring has turned to Summer, many of us have enjoyed longer days in the sunshine — and celebrated with backyard BBQs and evenings out in beer gardens. But alongside these warmer months, can come itchy eyes and other symptoms of hayfever. An allergic reaction due to high counts of pollen, hayfever is a condition that affects a significant portion of the population.
While different types of pollen can cause hay fever, the most common form that causes allergies is grass pollen — which is at its highest count between May through to July. Hay fever season as a whole runs from March through to September; symptoms include itchiness and irritation, red or watery eyes — and in some instances, swelling and blurred vision.
Thankfully, hay fever symptoms for most people are quite mild. Here are a few of our top tips to prevent it:
1. Wear contact lenses? Try switching to glasses
If you’re a regular contact lens wearer, and hayfever sufferer, we suggest switching to glasses. Glasses can provide a barrier that protects your eyes from pollen in the air — and over time, contact lenses can accumulate allergens.
2. Avoid alcohol
While avoiding alcohol can improve your health in general, some studies have found it can reduce symptoms of hay fever. If you’re spending time in a sunny beer garden, look out for a refreshing alcohol-free alternative!
3. Bathe your eyes in cold water
If done regularly, bathing your eyes in cold water can help to relieve symptoms. And if you’ve spent some time outdoors, shower and get changed to reduce allergens that may have built up on your clothing and body.