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Stay Strong: Sneezing Season Advice

How to ease the sneeze and muffle the snuffle this springtime.
The State of the Nations

About 25% of all Europeans suffer some type of nose/sinus/chest allergy and this is set to rise to 50% within the next decade.1

The Forecast

A recent North American study shows climate warming to be adversely affecting the hayfever season. Warm winters and early, mild springs kick off the season earlier, with pollen concentration increasing by more than 20%. If that was not more than enough hassle, the season is expected to last longer than usual.2

The Science

The human immune system is a wonder of highly regulated balance. It needs to jump on the first sign of threat in the form of viruses and unfriendly bacteria. At the same time, it needs to remain neutral in the face of non-threatening substances such as allergens that don’t replicate or cause infections. For a variety of reasons, the fine balance that allows the immune system to actively ignore these allergens can be disturbed, allowing an aggressive immune response to be launched in the face of pollen, animal hair, or your partner’s body spray.

What Makes Symptoms Worse

Things that may be unbalancing your immune response at the moment include:

Being cooped up inside with the dust mites during Lockdown.
Central heating drying out our eyes and nasal passages, making our respiratory tract membranes more sensitive to irritants.
Frenzied Lockdown cleaning, potentially increasing exposure to harsh cleaning agents.
Less exercise, more comfort food over the last year: bad news for a stable immune system, which prefers you to be trim and active.
The trend towards tippling during Lockdown: alcohol consumption undermines good immune function.
Coronasomnia, the rise of sleep disturbances during Lockdown: during sleep, the immune system produces protective signalling molecules and infection-fighting antibodies; so, sleep disruption is the enemy of an efficient immune response.
The Good News!

More is now understood about why some of us are more sensitive to allergens than others. For example, the importance of sleep and a moderate amount of exercise has become clear. The significance of good gut bacteria has also become more apparent. Probiotics may be beneficial in improving symptoms and quality of life in patients with allergic rhinitis.3

More specifically, supplementation with probiotics containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis has been shown to reduce nasal symptoms in pollen allergy states.4

A wrap-around pair will enhance the efficacy of this, but might mean your trendy Ray Bans get left inside. Sad face. Moisturise with A.Vogel’s Extra Moisturising Eye Drops to reduce dryness and irritability. This also reduces irritation caused by eye dryness and makes it easier to drive in comfort.
It’s good for you to see the sky and the green places, and to hear birdsong and wooshy tree noises in Real Life. Just take some precautions to minimise allergen action. Dawn (5 am to mid-morning) and dusk are the times when pollen levels are highest. If you’re outside during those times, take extra care.
Rub some Bioforce Cream on the edges of your nasal passages before going outside. This will catch the pollen particles before they can enter the nose. As a bonus, it’s nourishing for your skin, so it helps heal skin that’s cracked or dry skin from constant blowing/ rubbing. Use a nasal spray when you get home, to clear your nasal passages of irritating pollutants. Pollinosan Nasal Spray will often reduce symptom severity too.
Set up a decontamination station by your front door, so when you get back inside you immediately “de-pollinate”, for want of a better word! Put the clothes you were wearing into a laundry bag or straight into the washing machine so you are not sitting in a pollen suit for the rest of day.
A hydrated body is a less inflamed body; keep your respiratory tract membranes juicier and less sensitive. Add Omega-7 and/ or hyaluronic acid supplements to your programme, as these help with moisture retention in the skin and respiratory tract

Pollinosan Hayfever tablets combine a mixture of tropical herbs in an easy-to-take tablet for age 12 upwards. They are indicated for the relief of symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis. They can be taken alongside any other medication, including antihistamines. They are suitable for long-term use if needed.

Pollinosan Hayfever tablets
A homeopathic medicinal product used within the homeopathic tradition to relieve the symptoms of hayfever and other forms of allergic rhinitis. Contains Ammi Visnaga 1x, Aralia Racemosa 2x, Cardiospermum halicacabum2x, Larrea Mexicana 2x, Luffa operculata 6x, Okoubaka aubrevillei 2x, Galphimia glauca 3x. Always read the leaflet.

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Stay Strong: Sneezing Season Advice