The curse of hayfever

June 2, 2020

At this time of year, I’m cursed.

Itchy eyes, sneezing, running nose, sore throat, even itching scalp and skin!

Yes, it’s hayfever season. 🙁

It’s currently the end of May/start of June, and after a run of nice weather, followed by a good breeze, the air is full of pollen.

Unfortunately, one of my daughters has it bad, and this year, our youngest has started to get it.

As a family, we love the outdoors, and yet when the good weather comes around, it’s followed by hayfever.

As I write this, it’s a lovely day at the weekend. We had plans to go canoeing this afternoon, but after going on a walk with the dog this morning, my eyes have swollen up into a red mess.

It’s not just the hayfever sufferers that suffer. People in my family who don’t get it also have their plans interrupted. It can be hard for non-sufferers to understand why someone who usually loves the outdoors shuts themselves inside with an air purifier while we have good weather at the weekend!

What’s more, at this time of COVID-19, rubbing itchy eyes could be an easy way to catch the virus!

How do you enjoy the outdoors when the pollen count is high?

I have antihistamine tablets, a nasal spray, and wrap-around sunglasses, yet when the pollen count is very high, it appears nothing will stop it.

Do you have any tips you can share? If so, please add them to the comments below.

For my daughter with long hair, washing it after being outside helps. Pollen can blow into your hair, and then continue to irritate your face if you have long hair.

You may find different times of the day are better than others. For example, grass pollen can be worse in the late afternoon and evening, and tree pollen worse at dawn and dusk.

I’ve just ordered this pair of wrap-around sports glasses with padding from Amazon. These are designed to keep the air out, such as when riding a bike. So, hopefully, they’ll work for hayfever.

I’m hoping these wrap-around sports glasses will help.


So the glasses came.

They sort of work, but I’m not sure how long the padding will work. Watch my video below for more details.

In the meantime, I’ve created a pollen-free zone with my air purifier, which is helping my eyes return to normal. 🙂

My USB-powered air purifier is helping create a pollen-free zone

For those that don’t have hayfever, here are some things to note

  • People can react to different types of pollen. That’s why a hay-fever sufferer can be OK, then a few weeks later, they can’t be outside for long.
  • It’s not just sunny days that trigger it. A breezy day can blow more pollen into the atmosphere. And, even summer rain can bring it on when the rain hits the ground and brings up dust and pollen.
  • It’s not that the sufferer wants to be inside. They just want to avoid the cause of their symptoms: the pollen.
  • It’s not all in their mind.

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Gav Grayston Contributor

Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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