While most of us look forward to the arrival of warmer weather, for allergy sufferers it can be a tricky time of year – and being in lockdown does not mean we’re less susceptible.
High pollen counts
High pollen counts are bad news for hay fever sufferers who often succumb to symptoms such as sneezing, headaches, itchy eyes and even inflamed ears. And while we may be spending less time out and about in London parks, we can still be affected if our windows are open or if we’re lucky enough to have a garden.
Tips to reduce irritation
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Don’t touch your face, particularly because of the coronavirus outbreak
- Use daily contact lenses instead of monthly and use contact lens-friendly eye drops
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors
Keep an eye on your symptoms
It is also important to note that, while a runny nose is a common symptom for allergy sufferers, for a few people it has also been a reported symptom of coronavirus*. If you are experiencing any of the other symptoms, such as a dry cough, fever or tiredness, make sure that you self-quarantine and seek medical advice.