What to do against hay fever?
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. The sun is peeking out from behind the clouds more often and the temperature is rising. We are outside more often and that is good! But this time of year is not all sunshine and rainbows for everyone. Especially those who suffer from hay fever know that the beautiful weather has its drawbacks.
As soon as the sun starts to shine more often, trees and grasses start to bloom and grow. This process releases pollen, which often causes allergic reactions in people with hay fever. Being hypersensitive to pollen is no picnic and can be a real nuisance. It can range from mild symptoms such as red eyes, runny nose, headache, tickling cough and sneezing, to more severe reactions such as inflamed eyes, coughing, chest tightness and even fever.
None of this is desirable, of course. That leaves us with the question: what can you do about hay fever? We give you not one, but three possible solutions to your hay fever symptoms.
Tip 1: The best tip against hay fever is to ventilate
''Ventilation? But then I will spread the pollen all over the house, won't I?’’. We can almost hear you thinking. But it is a myth that airing your house makes your hay fever worse. In fact, the opposite is true.
Pollen can easily enter the house through heat and wind, but it cannot really leave. To ensure that pollen not only enters the house but also leaves it, you need to ventilate. This is the only way to relieve your symptoms indoors.
You can ventilate your home either mechanically or naturally.
Mechanical ventilation is better in the fight against pollen
Natural ventilation is achieved by opening windows and doors or installing ventilation grilles in doors and walls. The disadvantage is that it also lets rain and cold into the house. Furthermore, it lets in pollen.
Mechanical ventilation, combined with ventilation grilles, ensures that there is sufficient supply and extraction of air. This provides the right balance. It also offers additional advantages compared to natural ventilation. It is possible to control the ventilation from one room in your house, so you can enjoy a healthy indoor climate throughout the house.
It should be clear that ventilation in particular will help you fight pollen indoors. But we have two other tips for reducing hay fever that we hope will help you.
Tip 2: Use a pollen alarm
Start by using a pollen alarm. Before you leave home, it is advisable to check how much pollen is in the air. This can easily be done via the pollennieuws.nl website or app.
Is there a lot of pollen in the air? Is it wise to go for a walk in the woods or would it be better to go for a walk in the city? Or perhaps cancel the walk altogether. It's not always fun to postpone, but it will save you a lot of sniffles!
Tip 3: Take honey every day
Our last tip against hay fever is to take a teaspoon of honey every day, preferably organic honey from a local beekeeper. Honey from local beekeepers contains pollen from your area. The bees come into contact with the floating pollen, which then ends up in the honey. So buy honey from a beekeeper in your area.
By eating a small amount of honey every day, you will build up a resistance to these types of pollen. It works in the same way as a vaccination against a disease, where a small amount of a virus is injected so that your body eventually becomes immune.
Want to know more about a healthy indoor climate?
Does the indoor climate in your home leave something to be desired? Or would you like to know more about a healthy indoor climate? Then do not hesitate to contact us.
We will be happy to tell you more and can take care of both the installation and the maintenance of your ventilation system.