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Guide: hay fever remedies and relief

Avoiding pollen

As with any allergy, the most obvious treatment for hay fever is to avoid contact with the allergen, in this case pollen.

“The more contact you have with pollen, the more histamine is released by your body,” says Emily.

“Therefore, limiting contact with pollen can help to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms."

Avoiding pollen

Hay fever rates higher in cities, despite lower pollen counts

Professor Jean Emberlin, director of the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at University of Worcester, who authored the report, told the Telegraph on its publication. (1)

He said: “Hay fever rates tend to be as high or even higher in urban areas than in the surrounding countryside despite the fact that most pollen counts are much lower in cities, especially for grass pollen.

Hay fever rates higher in cities, despite lower pollen counts

Green tea and citrus fruits reduce your histamine levels

If you eat citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit, you’ll help to reduce your histamine levels as they contain vitamin C which is a natural antihistamine.

Green tea and citrus fruits reduce your histamine levels

Soya products as a replacement for catarrh-inducing dairy products

Many hay fever sufferers and those with other allergies find that replacing dairy products with soya products can reduce catarrh.

Soya products as a replacement for catarrh-inducing dairy products

Yoghurts with 'friendly bacteria' are thought to reduce tolerance and reduce hay fever symptoms

Further research is needed but if you already enjoy eating a yoghurt as part of your lunch, why not switch to one containing 'friendly bacteria' or consider taking a supplement?

Yoghurts with 'friendly bacteria' are thought to reduce tolerance and reduce hay fever symptoms

Immune system-boosting carrots and sweet potatoes

When you’re deciding what to have for your evening meals, try to have some foods that are rich in beta-carotene which your body uses to make vitamin A.  

Immune system-boosting carrots and sweet potatoes