IF you are one of ten million Britons who suffer from hay fever, you know how painful it can be for your eyes.
Pollen — a fine dust released by grasses and plants — can itch many eyes, as well as cause endless sneezing and runny nose.
It’s our body’s natural response to try to get rid of pollen, which is why some people’s eyes start flowing when they go outside, according to Moorfields Eye Hospital.
“They can also become red, itchy and sticky when the immune system reacts,” she continues.
With pollen counts set to rise this week, especially in the southern parts of the UK, many may fear the agony that awaits.
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If hay fever makes your eyes sparkle, why not try the NEWGO Cooling Eye Mask for Puffy Eyes, which you can buy on Amazon for just £9.50.
It’s a reusable eye mask filled with gel beads, which you pop in the fridge or freezer and apply to relieve sore, swollen eyes, as well as headaches and sinus pain.
One reviewer said it “works really well on itching, pain, eczema, and hay fever,” though he noted that it doesn’t stay frozen for long.
Another wrote, “We store ours in the fridge and it stays nice and clean in the protective, sealed bag provided. Offers cool, refreshing relief when needed for sore, tired eyes.”
They described it as a “godsend during hay fever season to soothe the itching and burning.”
“I originally bought it for myself but this year my teenage sons got pretty badly hit with hay fever and they used it every chance they got and their eyes looked and felt so much better afterwards,” he said. continued the reviewer.
A third user said: “It can be refrigerated and put in the freezer offering different cooling strengths.
“This has helped my hay fever so much this year…I even bought a second!”
You might want to put it in your Amazon cart once you see the pollen forecast for the next few days.
Although pollen levels are expected to remain low in most of Scotland, Wales and the West Midlands; the southeast and southwest are expected to endure “very high” pollen counts through Friday.
Symptoms of hay fever
Hay fever is a common allergic condition. It affects up to one in five people at some point in their lives.
You will experience hay fever symptoms if you have an allergic reaction to pollen.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
- frequent sneezing
- runny or stuffy nose
- itchy, red or watery eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)
- itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- cough, caused by postnasal drip (mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose)
Less commonly, you may also experience:
- loss of sense of smell (anosmia)
- facial pain (caused by blocked sinuses)
- tiredness and fatigue
If you have asthma, your asthma symptoms can get worse when you have hay fever.
Putting a cold compress on your peepers isn’t the only way to ease hay fever symptoms.
First, you can apply a balm to your nostrils and around your eyes to trap pollen particles.
So try showering and changing clothes after you’ve been outdoors, as pollen gets everywhere, sticking to your clothes and hitting you long after you’ve retreated inside.
You can try wrap-around sunglasses to block pollen particles.
It’s also important to wash your hands regularly when you’re out and about to remove pollen, and to avoid rubbing it further into your eyes or nose.
And avoid drying your laundry outdoors.
Finally, it’s a good idea to create a first aid kit to take with you in case you experience symptoms.
For more tips on preventing hay fever, see the NHS website.
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