Whilst most of us look forward to a stroll in the parks of central London during the warmer weather as our daily exercise, this time of year can bring about sneezing, headaches, itchy eyes and even inflamed ears which are all symptoms of hay fever - and being in lockdown does not mean we’re less susceptible.

Things in our homes that heighten allergies

  • Mould
  • Dust mites 
  • Pets (particularly those with long fur which moult a lot)

For those in the city that have gardens, optometrists from central London recommend avoiding planting the following as they can aggravate hay fever: 

  • Sunflowers
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Bermuda grass
  • Ragweed
  • Dahlia
  • Oak trees
  • Birch trees

Tips from the experts to calm allergies

  • Try to avoid rubbing your eyes – even more so now as we’re advised not to touch our faces and maintain good hand hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Hay fever sufferers who wear contact lenses may notice the vision through their lenses can appear smeary and eyes can generally feel uncomfortable which can be calmed down with contact lens-friendly eye drops 
  • Wearing prescription glasses (particularly wraparound sunglasses) can prevent pollen from getting into your eyes
  • Those suffering with hay fever could also try daily disposable lenses during the summer months
  • Try putting a balm like Vaseline around the nose to trap pollen
  • Vacuum and dust your home regularly
  • Try over-the-counter allergy relief
  • Stay inside when the pollen count is high will also help to avoid irritation
  • Showering and changing your clothes when you get home will help to remove pollen from skin and hair

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