Because sleeves stuffed with tissue isn't a good look for anyone!
Hay fever symptoms actually come from you! Histamine is produced by the body when it thinks the immune system is under attack. When pollen enters the body of a hay fever sufferer, it triggers the production of histamine, which then creates all those unwanted symptoms. That’s why anti-histamines can help. (But histamines are the things in the brain which keep us alert, attentive and awake, so that’s why anti-histamines can make you drowsy).
Or if you’re making your own, go heavy on the spices. Turmeric, an orange-yellow spice, widely used in curries and South Asian cuisine, is believed to reduce inflammation caused by the enzyme phospholipase A2, which is provoked into action by pollen in your system.
At the point of orgasm the sympathetic nervous system constricts blood vessels across the body and an Iranian neurologist has suggested that this could help with hay fever. What could be a more pleasant way to deal with hay fever than that? Although there may be some practical issues around timing and locations!
Hay fever is caused by airborne pollen particles that have blown away from the plant. However, flower pollen is sticky and coated, which lessens its ability to become airborne. In fact, trees and grass are most likely to cause the sneezing. But that doesn’t mean flowers don’t cause hay fever – some people are very allergic to specific flowers, and you can be allergic to more than one type of pollen.
Capers, red onions and watercress contain high amounts of the natural antihistamine quercetin, which can help reduce hay fever symptoms by blocking the effects of histamines. Combine with pineapple, as it contains bromelain, which helps the body to absorb quercetin.
The attractive, bright orange and red colours of some of our favourite fruits signal that they’re rich in beta carotene, vitamin C and a substance called bioflavonoids. These nutrients are anti-inflammatory agents and are said to boost the immune system.
Oral Allergy Syndrome is the name given to allergic reactions in and around the mouth area of hay fever sufferers; such as tingling, a rash and burning sensation. This is caused by contact with proteins in foods which are similar to proteins found in pollens that the hay fever sufferer is allergic to. For example, birch pollen proteins are similar to those found in kiwi fruits. When a hay fever sufferer who is allergic to birch pollen eats kiwi (amongst other foods), the body recognises the proteins as harmful and might trigger an allergic reaction.
Research from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands shows that suffering from hay fever can affect driving ability to the same degree as drinking two to three units of alcohol, the legal limit in most European countries.
80% of children diagnosed with hay fever will still be suffering ten years later and 40% of young adults will still be sneezing into their 20s.
In an Allergy UK survey 80% of respondents said that the HayMax allergen barrier balm was effective in dramatically lowering hay fever symptoms.
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