You’re feeling it aren’t you? The itchy nose and eyes, the constant sneezing.
The current pollen bomb is really getting us down now that we are in peak grass pollen season.
We’re all dosing ourselves up with antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays and dabbing Vaseline around our nostrils.
Anything, ANYTHING, to stop the sneezing.
Well, there may be one more thing you haven’t tried that doctors say could make your hay fever symptoms better.
Say goodbye to those summer pints and glasses of wine because they are making your symptoms worse.
Dr Sameer Nakedar, Chief Medical Officer at Welzo, told the Mirror some alcoholic drinks could be exacerbating our symptoms.
That is really bleak news, especially because it’s specifically wine and beer we should be avoiding. This is because they contain histamine.
‘Alcohol can cause blood vessels in the nasal passages to dilate, worsening nasal congestion,’ he said.
While we thought we would just have to stick to tequila, Dr Nakebar simply recommends you drink plenty of water instead, which can ‘help thin mucus and alleviate congestion’.
Just like when you’ve got a cold, Dr Nakebar also said ‘herbal teas or broths’ can relieve that stuffy nose and scratchy throat.
But just wait, because it gets worse if you have a cigarette with your pint or are simply getting a whiff of second-hand smoke.
Exposure to smoke could worsen your hay fever suffering, Dr Nakebar said, because the polluted air can irritate your nasal passageways.
So maybe it’s a good time to try and quit the cigs, especially because the Met predicts a ‘very high’ pollen count for this weekend. Oof.
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