9 ways to stop hayfever symptoms this summer

Hayfever is a pain in the bum to have but it needn't make summer a misery: Here are nine ways to stop the onset of hay fever problems.

You can obviously get the various tablets, sprays, eye drops and antihistamines from a chemist, but here's how to try and combat hay fever without medication.

How to cure hay fever

Water and honey

Water mixed with a teaspoon of honey is said to provide a natural way of combating hayfever symptoms. Other food stuffs that can help include anything with Vitamin C (e.g. oranges), Carrots, Garlic and onions.

Use vaseline

A thin layer of Vaseline just inside the nostrils and under your nose can reduce hay fever problems by blocking pollen.

Don't drink

Bad news: Alcohol worsens hay fever. Alcoholic drinks can sent off allergy symptoms thanks to the histamine they contain, as well as their dehydrating effect. Stick with water.


Exercise can help reduce hayfever issues so there's another reason to get active.

Wash your hair

If you've long hair then this is an especially good tip: If you've been out and about then washing your hair in the evening will get rid of any pollen. And in general, just have a good wash for the same reason.

Go to the seaside

The closer to the coast the less the pollen levels are, so it's a great place to enjoy a day out without fear of symptoms!

Head north

Similarly, the further north you go the more pollen levels will, in general, decrease.

Stop and avoid smokers

Cigarette smoke and other irritants to the nose and throat (e.g. Dust) can make things a lot worse to stop, quit and avoid it.

Pollen app

Download a free Pollen app and use the MetOffice's Pollen Forecast website to plan ahead and avoid - where possible - very high counts or prepare yourself if you have to spend time outside.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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