Pollen bomb warning for Brits with hay fever as GP suggests unusual tips to reduce misery

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Pollen levels are set to be high all this week – leaving millions of Brits with itchy eyes and runny noses. – but a GP has shared his top tips on how to survive a pollen bomb

Pollen levels are set to be high all week – leaving millions of Brits with itchy eyes and runny noses.

Dr Roger Henderson, a GP of 35 years, has now offered some top tips on how to avoid a nasty hay fever flare-up, covering some everyday household tasks you may not have thought of. His advice includes using a wet cloth instead of a dry one for dusting, and using a tumble dryer rather than drying your sheets on a line.

The 63-year-old doctor from Whitehaven, Cumbria, said: “What a pollen bomb will do is trigger people with mild hay fever. This means they get symptoms they don’t normally get because of the intense exposure. One of the ways of avoiding hay fever is staying inside when the pollen is high. You shout stay away from areas like parks or areas that have more pollen. Especially early morning and late afternoon evening – when pollen count is highest.”

Dr Roger, who represents decongestant brand Olbas, said if you’ve been outdoors during a pollen bomb, you should wash your clothes before next wearing them. If you’re struggling to sleep at night, it could be that your sheets need a wash too to get the pollen off too. But he added a common mistake people make is then going to dry your clothes and sheets outside – allowing them to become covered in pollen again. In addition to your clothes, he suggested washing your hair after being outdoors to get rid of any pollen that may have settled.

He also advised regular dusting at home using a damp cloth to prevent pollen from settling. He said: “If you’re going to clean your house, dust with a damp cloth rather than a dry cloth, because a damp cloth helps mop up pollen. Using a dry cloth, you can get clouds of dust and pollen which makes it worse. Anything that can trap dust can trap pollen – even dried flowers and curtains – so vacuum or wipe with a wet cloth.”

For those suffering from itchy eyes, he recommended investing in wraparound sunglasses as they are more effective at keeping out pollen than regular frames. He’s also debunked some of the more outlandish therapies and treatments claimed to combat hay fever. “Some people swear blind smoking helps, or that homeopathy helps – but it’s all rubbish. If the idea sounds wacky, then it is. You just have to try and keep exposure to pollen as low as possible, and take antihistamines. If you feel the count will rise and you know you suffer, start taking antihistamines ahead of it, not just when you start to get symptoms,” he added.

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