Don't sneeze your way through National Picnic Week

Posted by ac652 at Jun 13, 2016 09:37 AM |
Advice on how to manage hay fever symptoms during National Picnic Week (11-19 June).

Summer is a great time for picnics, especially during National Picnic Week (11-19 June), but they can often be blighted by sneezing, runny eyes and itchy skin if you're a hay fever sufferer.

Even when we don’t have the best of British Summers, the pollen count can still be high. Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group has offered advice on how you can reduce exposure to pollen, ensuring picnics can be as enjoyable as possible.

They advise:

  • Try to avoid grassy areas when pollen counts are highest, such as in the early morning, evening and at night
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop the pollen getting into your eyes when you’re outdoors
  • Change your clothes when returning home from a day out as pollen can cling to hair and clothing
  • Try to avoid drying clothes outside to help prevent bringing pollen into your house
  • Take a bath before bed to avoid pollen transferring to your bed sheets
  • Try to keep the windows and doors closed in your house and if it gets too warm, draw the curtains to keep the sunlight out and the temperature down
  • Vacuuming regularly and dusting with a wet cloth can help to collect the dust and stop any pollen from being spread around, especially if you have pets in your house
  • During the hayfever season, it’s worth considering keeping pets out of the house and if they do come indoors, wash them regularly to remove any pollen from their fur
  • Over-the-counter remedies can help to ease symptoms, so visit your local pharmacy for advice
  • If the pollen count is high (over 50) it may be worth postponing your picnic or having an indoor picnic instead

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