I have had Hay Fever from as far back as I can remember, spending my summers as a child with itchy eyes and a runny nose, and the older I have gotten the worst it has become. Although each day I take a high strength antihistamine and am forever using my nasal spray, it is my eyes which are the real issue and, for the most part of Summer, they are red and puffy and on occasion look like I have two shiners!
This summer Vision Direct offered to send me out a box of products to try and help with my hay fever, and I couldn’t wait to try them.
As someone who usually wears glasses, I have recently been fitted for contact lenses from Pure Optical and was keen to try Vision Direct’s Biofinity Toric lenses. Due to having astigmatism these are the best option for myself and yet for those without there are lots of monthly and daily disposable lenses available.
The thing I love most about Vision Direct is that they are better value than high street optician direct debits and you have the freedom to order the amount you need, when you need them. With a next day delivery service there is no panic about running out, it’s super simple to order, and you can even reorder in just 3 clicks via email or even SMS!
Vision Direct are aware that hay fever is a real issue for so many contact lens wearers and yet with products like Everclear eye drops they can provide a fast and effective relief to eyes that have become dry or irritated.
One of my main concerns about wearing contact lenses was that my eyes would become even more irritated over the Summer and yet actually, having tried the lenses with the drops, they feel even better than they did before.
If like me, your nose streams with hay fever, the best tip I have heard is to apply vaseline around and just inside your nose to act as a trap for the pollen. As someone who lives with constant allergies, not just hay fever, it’s a trick I use to combat dust and animal allergies too.
Many hay fever sufferers experience a wheeze throughout the summer months which can be pretty nasty. I am also asthmatic and I know my asthma flares up when my hay fever is bad. I find using my inhaler helps to open up my airways and yet for those who don’t have asthma inhalers, it’s worth speaking to your GP about using them during hay fever season rather than trying to function with that dreaded wheeze.
Whilst not everyone will have skin rashes with hay fever, for me it’s a huge part of my allergies. Coming into contact with pollen causes my skin to break out in hives which are not only itchy but can be quite sore too. I find a soothing oatmeal bath is a great way to take away some of the itchiness, and also a tablespoon of local honey each day can really help to boost your bodies natural defence to allergens.
With these tips in mind I hope that we all make it though the summer a little less itchy, a lot less snotty, and with bright eyes and clear chests. Good luck!
In collaboration with Vision Direct