Pollen is most active on warm, sunny and dry days. It gets washed away by rain, hence the levels are low during wet weather. Pollen levels can be tracked on most weather apps or pages, and is also often reported in newspapers, TV and radio. This allows you to know what to expect and prepare yourself accordingly.
When the pollen count is high, it is advisable to remain indoors where possible, especially if you have severe allergies. Pollen is released in the morning hours, and is carried higher in the air until it descends again in the late afternoon.
Low Histamine and low Salicylate diet:
Severe cases should follow a low Histamine and low Salicylate diet. Reducing the Histamine intake in your diet may help alleviate allergy symptoms and reactions. Histamine can be found in fish (anchovy, tuna, mackerel, sardines) and cheese (Gouda, Cheddar, Emmental, Roquefort). It is also found in cured meats like sausages, salami and ham. It is advised to reduce the intake of tomatoes, spinach and ketchup. All alcohol containing sulphites, including wine and beer should also be avoided.
Salicylate is often found in Aspirin. Food additives with E-numbers (code for additives that can be found on the package labelling) are to be avoided as they also contain high Salicylate levels. Natural Salicylate can also be found in nutritious foods like fruits (berries, some dried fruit, pineapple, apricot, oranges), vegetables (tomato, cucumbers, olives, courgettes, gherkins), spices and condiments (curry, thyme, tomato sauce).
Keep Antihistamines to hand:
Keeping your Antihistamines handy will help in cases of severe or sudden allergic attacks.*
* Please consult with your doctor before taking any medicine.