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Pollen: What is the number today? Foods to help relieve hay fever symptoms

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The pollen count has been forecast by the Met office to be low across most parts of the UK. In the East of England, the South East of England and London the pollen count is set to be moderate. While pollen counts appear mild, in some hay fever sufferers, symptoms could still be triggered. Antihistamine tablets and nasal sprays are recommended by medical professionals to relieve symptoms, but can eating certain foods also help?

Vitamin C has been shown in studies to boost the immune system and act as a natural antihistamine.

A 2018 study on vitamin C in the treatment of allergies found oxidative stress plays a key role in allergies.

Allergy UK offers some additional tips for keeping hay fever at bay.

It advises: “Monitor pollen forecasts daily and stay indoors wherever possible when the count is high (generally on warmer, dry days). Rain washes pollen from the air so counts should be lower on cooler, wet days.

“On high pollen days, shower and wash your hair after arriving home and change your clothing.

“Avoid drying washing on a clothes-line outside when pollen counts are high.

“Apply an effective allergen barrier balm around the edge of each nostril to trap or block pollens and other allergens and help prevent a reaction.”


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