Doctor shares hack on how to beat the symptoms of hay fever during 'pollen bomb'

While for some the sunny summer months brings the return of barbecues and pub beer gardens, for others it sparks sneezing, coughing and a runny nose.

Hay fever sufferers have reported particularly bad symptoms this year, with the Met Office’s daily pollen forecast showing high levels all this week.

For those whose trips outside result in itchy eyes and a running nose, a doctor has shared his three top tips to banish the symptoms and enjoy the summer weather – but warned you might not like the last one.

Dr Karan Raj has gained millions of fans on TikTok with his advice and informative videos, and recently answered a question from a viewer who wanted to know how to overcome the symptoms as they were “driving her crazy”.

Dr Karan Raj
Dr Raj said alcohol could be making your symptoms worse

Another fan said: “Does anyone find this year especially their hay fever is really bad? I usually have it quite mild but this year I’m really suffering.”

Listing his favourite hacks, the doctor advised: “Put Vaseline or coconut oil around your nostrils. This traps the pollen and stops it getting into your airways and sensitive tissues.

“If you come in from outside, have a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes. There will be lots of hidden pollen on your hair, body parts and clothes that you need to get rid of.

“Finally, limit alcohol intake. Alcohol can increase histamine levels in your body – this is a chemical which increases inflammation and allergy type symptoms. Stick to the virgin mojito.”

The video has been watched more than 1.3 million times, as one commented to confirm: “THE FIRST ONE (Vaseline around your nostrils) WORKS GUYS I’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS.”

A second suggested: “Also try chewing on raw ginger! My aunt taught that to me and it really does help in 5-10 mins.”

And another joked: “No alcohol!? Like hay fever isn’t making me miserable enough already.”

Do you have any of your own advice to beat hay fever? Let us know in the comments.


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