Hay fever is a *itch – Five ways to relieve your symptoms

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When you suffer from hay fever, springtime is literally the worst. Mother Nature is on a mission to kill you; so while the rest of the world is out playing in the sunshine, you’re stuck inside feeling sorry for yourself. We feel your pain.

Dry your eyes and stop your sniffling with these five tips to surviving hayfever season.

Stay in your happy place: indoors

Staying cooped up for three months isn’t a practical option, but at least try to avoid going out on windy days or when pollen counts are high. If the nasty pollen particles have made it into your home, consider getting an ioniser—it will intercept mould spores, pollen, dust and dander from the air. It’s also a good idea to clean the filters in your household ventilation systems and air conditioners.

Spring clean your bedroom

If your relentless sneezing, sniffling and coughing are keeping you up at night, it might be time to give your bedroom a proper clean. Vacuum your rugs, carpets and also your mattress—and don’t forget the dust balls hiding under your furniture! Mop rather than sweep hard floors to prevent the churning of irritants from the floor into the air. Wash your bedding, mattress and pillow protectors in hot water and hang them inside to dry if possible.

Retire your infested pillow

Has it been a while since you replaced your pillow or mattress? We don’t mean to alarm you, but the dust mite colony that’s shacked up in your bed sure isn’t helping your allergies. Picture this: it’s estimated than 10% of the weight of a two-year old pillow is allergenic mite waste. #sorrynotsorry

Replace your plagued pillow and protector with low-allergy options like the Bambi EcoRenew range available in store at Bedshed. For a more radical approach, have a look at the Sleepmaker Physio mattress range featuring the Ultra Fresh technology.

Shower before bed

After a busy day out and about, your hair and skin are loaded with nature’s evil spores. As soon as you get home, throw your clothes in the washing basket and get in the shower to rinse off all of that clingy pollen. Bonus benefit: showering in the evening can help you unwind and get a better night’s sleep.

Keep pets out of the bedroom

Yes, we know, your dog has its own Instagram account and is basically the best person in your life. But if you’re losing sleep over allergies, your furry friend probably shouldn’t be sharing a bed with you. Pollen easily sticks to fur, so snuggling up for the night next to your pet is like sleeping in a bed of grass clippings. If you really can’t say no to your pooch (or puss), give it a good wash or brush to rid its hair of the allergens.