So it seems like the British weather has finally remembered that it’s nearly summer, and things are starting to look up. Students everywhere are ditching their thick knit jumpers and Uggs in exchange for shorts and flip flops, and everyone’s heading to the beer gardens. But unfortunately for some of us, when the warmer weather starts, so does the hayfever season – and an endlessly runny nose is definitely not the look I want to accessorise my new ‘sunnies’ with.
I’ve had hayfever for as long as I can remember, and I promise you, I have tried every trick in the book to avoid the symptoms. Daily tablets, hourly tablets, ‘take them when you need to’ tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops, teaspoons of honey in the morning, sunglasses… the list is endless. But nothing ever seems to work, and every year I just have to resign myself to spending the summer avoiding anything that might set my symptoms off – not an easy job when you live in the countryside and work at a Garden Centre like me.
Hayfever is definitely no fun as a student – yes, I’m sorry; I am that annoying kid who sits behind you in exams in June, sneezing constantly. But I’m not the only one sniffing my way through exam season – a lot of my friends also suffer from hayfever, and even if you’re lucky enough to just get mild symptoms, it’s still a massive pain. Plus, I hate to break it to you, but red itchy eyes and runny noses don’t look good on anyone. With new research suggesting that hayfever sufferers can potentially drop an entire grade as a result of the symptoms or those horrible antihistamines that practically send you to sleep, I’ve never been more desperate to find a proper cure.
Now, I know hayfever nasal sprays can be effective if you start using them about a week before your symptoms start, but unfortunately hayfever doesn’t give a week’s notice, and you can’t always be prepared. Not only that, but sometimes the dosage just isn’t high enough in over the counter nasal sprays, and we all know there’s really no time to go to the doctors once exam season kicks in.
So what else is there? If you’re like me then you will feel like you’ve tried every medicine out there, and personally, I’m sick of feeling drowsy. Warm weather plus antihistamines just don’t mix, and I don’t want to be falling asleep at my desk when I start my new job in June. So this year, I’m going herbal! I’ve got a few friends who tried herbal remedies last year, and with their recommendations ringing in my ears, I’ll be heading down to Boots tomorrow to stock up. One product in particular I’m going to be trying out is HayMax. It’s completely organic and has none of those horrible sleep inducing ingredients that you find in over the counter nasal sprays, but it works in the same way trapping pollen before it enters your system. At only £6, it’s worth a try, I’m desperate!
Any hayfever sufferers out there feeling the same? Or have you found your magic cure? Drop me a comment or Tweet me @sofihi, I’d love to hear from you.