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  • It's that time of year again!

    Feeling tired, bunged up, coughing, and getting itchy eyes...

    It makes summer not as enjoyable as it should be.

    So what tips have people got for treating this?

    Personally I don't like chemicals so try and do things the natural remedy way.
    I've totally stopped dairy products which has helped and am going to cut wheat and sugar (beer) out of my diet. A few beers at polo leaves me in a bad way later in the eve and morning after. I'm now looking into natural antihistamines.

    There must be a few sufferers on here...

    Any advice?

  • yes.
    stop with the homeopathic shit. get real antihistamines.
    or plug your nostrils with vaseline. seriously. smear of that in the nasal cavity.
    however that's petroleum based and probably won't agree with your "natural" remedy way.
    if however you wish to carry on with infinite dilutions and hope that water remembers it's shape, please let me know how that goes on.

  • eat a teaspoon of honey from your local area.
    it's ment to build you up a immunity to pollen from the honey
    you have to start early in the year
    but i don't no if it works

  • stop with the homeopathic shit. get real antihistamines.

    That's a fair enough comment.
    That'll be the last resort though.

  • Hayfever??? HTFU and get a real ailment!

    On a serious note I used to take Telfast back home. Not sure if you can buy it here. Strangely I dont suffer the symptoms as much in London.

    • Remember that morning and evening are the worst times (pollen not on the ground, but not WAY UP in the sky either).

    • Wear glasses/sunglasses, particularly at the times mentioned above.

    • Vaseline around points of entry, as mentioned by damo.

    • Close windows as much as is bearable at night, or at least have a curtain across them.

    • Rinse face with water whenever you go to the toilet - shifts some excess pollen.

    • My new weapon - the netipot. It's nasal irrigation with saline water (sea salt only, with no anti-caking agents) at approximately body temperature. Once you get the hang of it, it takes a couple of minutes. 2-3 times a day is probably a good idea during 'high season'. Totally flushes out particles, and soothes inflamed membranes. I just bought a plastic one for a couple of quid off eBay.

  • Wrong time of year, but eating lots of local honey in winter is supposed to help your body become used to the pollen.

    Other than that, corticosteroids which will weaken your immune system and allergic response. The natural way to weaken immune system is to become extremely stressed, this makes your body release the cortisone from adrenal glands. It also reduces inflammation (its the stuff they inject into swollen joints) This is not as ridiculous as it sounds because that stress can be physical as well as mental. So if you overtrain with weights / running with little recovery - it should do the job. Will make you very worn out though.

  • +1 Saline nasal irrigation. Im using Sterimar and its great and totally natural.

  • self-htfu

  • Wizbit,
    My mum used to use these tablets that were made of bee pollen/ 100% natural.
    The theory was that it built up your tolerance levels similar to above.
    The company that made them were called Herbal Life.
    Might help?

  • For the record, I do also use Loratadine, but try to take less than the recommended dosage.

  • I seem to have anti-hayfever, I wake up in the mornings feeling really shitty but after a short ride (10 minutes or so) I am totally fine. Last summer I was a gardener and I was fine all day at work so I'm certain it's not hayfever. I'm pretty sure it is a dust allergy of some sort but I haven't really been able to find much information about preventing/reducing it.

  • Wizbit,
    My mum used to use these tablets that were made of bee pollen/ 100% natural.
    The theory was that it built up your tolerance levels similar to above.
    The company that made them were called Herbal Life.
    Might help?

    There are millions of types of pollen, it only really works well if you use a local source like local honey which would contain a variety of pollen from the area.

  • moogs, stop shedding skin. that'll stop 90% of dust.

  • yes.
    stop with the homeopathic shit. get real antihistamines.
    or plug your nostrils with vaseline. seriously. smear of that in the nasal cavity.
    however that's petroleum based and probably won't agree with your "natural" remedy way.
    if however you wish to carry on with infinite dilutions and hope that water remembers it's shape, please let me know how that goes on.

    That was somewhat uncalled for you prick.

  • deadly fanny pack - Makes sense

  • ?

  • Good advice. I'm gonna source some nasal wax/cream and try source some 'Hackney Honey'!...

  • I seem to have anti-hayfever, I wake up in the mornings feeling really shitty but after a short ride (10 minutes or so) I am totally fine. Last summer I was a gardener and I was fine all day at work so I'm certain it's not hayfever. I'm pretty sure it is a dust allergy of some sort but I haven't really been able to find much information about preventing/reducing it.

    Dust allergy is probably more common than hayfever and they both have exactly the same symptoms. Solutions are the obvious stuff like washing your sheets at high temp to kill dust mites, hoovering a lot and turning over your pillow etc. Also leaving your window open.

  • That was somewhat uncalled for you prick.

    not really.
    not when i think that "natural" medicines are a load of snake oil.

    perhaps i could/should have phrased it better. but i stand by my sentiments towards homeopathy.

  • OP, I really feel your pain. I get the big fits of sneezing, itchy eyes, fucking itchy ear canal worst of all the itchy throat thingy. FFS when I scratch it internally it makes me sound like a Yak in season, I keep expecting a wildlife crew to jump out from behind the sofa and take amazing pictures of me having a scratch "in my natural habitat". It's been like that all of my life. I've tried the natural way...it didn't work at all. This is one area where I'm more than happy to stuff chemicals in me if it gives me the chance to half enjoy days like Sunday just gone.

    There is also the organic locally prouced honey route. Good luck.

  • Rather than vaseilne, try HayMax. It's an "Organic, Drug-Free Pollen Barrier". Got it for the first time last year and will likely use forever more. Smells good too.

    http://www.haybalm.f2s.com/

  • Thanks for the info DFP, I really need to get in to the habit of dusting properly and hoovering really thoroughly.

    Would hayfever drugs help with it too?

  • I find that chemicals are the only thing that really works.I've also noticed that some form of exercise that raises adrenalin level seems to give temporary relief

  • fucking itchy ear canal

    i despise this part of hayfever. more than the sneezing fits that end up hurting, the snot, the itchy eyes.

    i seriously recommend the vaseline in the nose though. i may try the nettipot. i'm not on medicine at the moment.

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