I was surprised to see Great Western Hospital on the news
Their urgent care and emergency department had become overwhelmed with individuals experiencing respiratory issues. This year, the hot and humid weather seems to have exacerbated people’s hay fever symptoms, leading to concerning symptoms such as shortness of breath in addition to the usual hay fever indicators.
The delayed arrival of spring meant that pollen levels rapidly rose from nothing to high within just a week or two. This sudden surge didn’t give our bodies enough time to acclimate. Furthermore, the cumulative effects of lockdowns, which limited our ability to visit various places, may have reduced our exposure to the wide array of pollens typically encountered in a year.
Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to alleviate these symptoms:
- Wear sunglasses: This may help reduce the number of pollen particles that come into contact with your eyes, thereby minimizing irritation.
- Apply a thin layer of Vaseline inside your nostrils: This can assist in trapping pollen grains on your nasal hair, filtering them out of the air you breathe.
- Consume local honey: Ensure that the honey you consume is sourced from the area where you live and work. Small particles of local pollen are often present in such honey and may help desensitize your immune system, reducing your reaction to pollen during hay fever season.
However, the most proven and tested method for relief is to seek acupuncture treatment. You can commence treatment at any time to alleviate your symptoms. It is advisable to schedule treatments at the start of the hay fever season so that you can better prepare yourself for the upcoming challenging days.
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