• Keep car windows and air intake closed.
  • Avoid gardens, fields, picnics, barbecues, cut grass, etc.
  • Avoid city centres and areas of high traffic density as far as possible.
  • Wear good dark glasses which prevents pollen entering the eyes and protects from UV


  • Keep flowers outside, cut, potted and dried.
  • Keep house dust-free (esp bedroom) - dust daily, use a good vacuum cleaner with filter (Medivac) and clean bedding, carpets, curtains and soft furnishings regularly.
  • Use air-filters, eg Filtaire, to filter particles and chemicals from the air. Change from feather pillows, etc to a washable substance such as kapok or polyester. Cover duvet pillows and mattress with a dust-proof fabric (eg Slumberland, Intervent, Medibed).
  • Keep windows closed.
  • Avoid chemicals, including scents, scented cosmetics and cleaning products, paints, solvents, glue, cigarette smoke, (anything that smells is emitting a chemical substance). These can make eyes, nose and throat more sensitive to dust and pollen.
  • Try to sleep in a cool bedroom, with the head propped up.
  • Ban pets from bedrooms and avoid stroking and handling animals.
  • Take a good multimineral/vitamin antioxidant preparation every day, ensuring optimum amounts of vitamin A (care needed during pregnancy), vitamin C, zinc and selenium. Improve Immune function during winter by optimal amounts of Echinacea, Garlic and Co-Enzyme Q10, avoiding excess sugar, coffee, alcohol, meat and dairy products and foods that contain yeast - also chilled foods and ice cubes, which will diminish the immunity of the throat.
  • Blow your nose - do not wipe it as this spreads the pollen. Try not to wipe your eyes - you will just rub pollen in.
  • Certain foods can exacerbate symptoms during the hayfever season. Some people are helped by avoiding mucus-forming wheat in their diet, others find that cutting out, or down, the histamine-containing and histamine-releasing foods is helpful (eg cheese, strawberries, shellfish, tinned fish, pork).
  • Don't smoke, cigarette smoke is an effective irritant which makes symptoms worse.
  • Alcohol will usually worsen symptoms.
  • Avoid decongestant sprays, as they cause a rebound effect - symptoms are made even worse as the drug's effect wears off.
  • If using a therapy for house dust mites, use a 'Banamite' which is non-toxic.
  • Some of my patients have reported that drinking a glass of water, in which a raw onion has been soaked for several hours brings relief from their symptoms. Worth a try!

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