With latest data from experts showing hay fever affects 49 per cent of people in the UK, experts have been urging sufferers to create an anti-allergy garden in preparation for summer so they can still enjoy being outdoors. Experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have come up with the top tips for combatting those pesky symptoms while out and about, saying being in the garden should not be a no-go area.
Summer may feel like it has already begun after recent spells of dry and warm conditions, however the season actually begins on June 21, bringing BBQs, sunbathing and time spent gardening. For many, this means months of suffering the symptoms of hay fever – if they aren’t already sneezing and experiencing runny, sore eyes.
According to the NHS, the worst time of the year for hay fever suffers is between March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy as this is when the pollen count is at its highest. Tips from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk including planting sneeze-free blooms, avoiding caffeine, getting rid of weeds and staying out of the garden in the morning.
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A spokesman for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “There is nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors in the summer months. Many of us will be running to our gardens when we get a little bit of sunshine.
“But the warmer weather can bring dread to those who suffer badly with hay fever symptoms, which can develop at any age and cause very annoying symptoms. We are urging those who love their gardens to consider anti-allergy gardening ahead of the peak summer months .”
GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk ‘s top tips for hay fever sufferers
- Mowing the grass: Although this task may seem like a hay fever sufferer’s worst nightmare, keeping your grass mowed will help prevent grasses from flowering. This will help curb one of the biggest allergy triggers and helpless pollen to be released into the air.
- Avoid caffeine: Caffeine is naturally high in histamines, a chemical released by our immune systems when our body perceives something as being harmful. This can greatly worsen no fever symptoms.
- Prevent weeds: Weeds such as creeping thistle, dandelions and ragwort have a bad reputation for causing hay fever symptoms. Because of this, it is best to stay on top of weeding and remove the sulpits before they can flower.
- Avoid the garden sometimes: Keep an eye on the pollen count and avoid your garden on days where it is exceptionally high. If the temptation of the sunshine is too much to bear, even on high pollen count days, ensure any time outside is spent wearing gloves and change your clothes as soon as you enter your house to limit the spread of pollen.
- Low allergy planting: Sneeze-free blooms such as conifer, petunias, magnolias and hardy fuschias can all add beauty and color to your gardens without causing lots of pollen in the air. When choosing plants for your garden, stick to insect-pollinated flowers where possible, as their pollen is heavy and falls to the ground, whereas wind-pollinated flowers cause much more pollen to float around in the air.
- Sprinkle your garden: Some plants stop shedding pollen in wet conditions. So sprinkling your garden with a hose or sprinkler can help lay some of the pollen ahead of an afternoon of gardening or sunbathing.
- Timing is everything: Pollen count tends to be at its lowest in the afternoon, so ensure you are only venting out for more extended periods. Longer gardening days should also be limited to more relaxed, cloudier days.
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