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Reports suggest 2012 is going to be a challenging year for hay fever sufferers with the season starting earlier and lasting longer, and pollen counts two to three times higher than last year. But you don’t have to suffer from a stuffy nose and itchy eyes – fight back with these alternative ideas.

Put the pressure on

Description: You might have tried acupuncture for back pain and acupressure wrist banks for travel sickness, so why not harness the same powers to tackle hay fever?

You might have tried acupuncture for back pain and acupressure wrist banks for travel sickness, so why not harness the same powers to tackle hay fever?

You might have tried acupuncture for back pain and acupressure wrist banks for travel sickness, so why not harness the same powers to tackle hay fever? Promising new research from Australia shows acupuncture can be a safe and effective way to relieve symptoms, particularly allergic rhinitis (that streaming nose and eyes).

Acupuncturist Andrew Broch used the research to develop a new product – the Qu-Chi Band, which applies constant pressure to the acupressure point associated with the front of the face and sinuses, reducing histamine reactions. You wear it on your forearm, just under your elbow. It can be worn day and night, is washable and lasts years. Worth a try if you spend a small fortune every summer on pills and tissues.

Reduce red-eye

Description: Everyone’s hay fever symptoms are different and for some, it’s the red, swollen, watery eyes that cause the most problems

Everyone’s hay fever symptoms are different and for some, it’s the red, swollen, watery eyes that cause the most problems

Everyone’s hay fever symptoms are different and for some, it’s the red, swollen, watery eyes that cause the most problems. Drops may address the itchiness, but if you’ve been rubbing, then the delicate skin around your eyes is likely to be puffy, dry and sore. If you’re sock of people asking why you’re crying, try Skin Shop’s Dry Eye Gel. It’s a light, natural gel that contains the active plant ingredient cardiospermum, known for its anti-inflammatory skin action. Keep it in the fridge for extra, cooling relief.

Wash the air

Description: Simply spray into the air around you, once a day. It also contains eucalyptus and ylang ylang to aid breathing.

Simply spray into the air around you, once a day. It also contains eucalyptus and ylang ylang to aid breathing.

Air Cleanse is winner of an Allergy UK Consumer Care Award. It’s an aerosol that reduces airborne allergens by at least 65 per cent, meaning there’s less pollen and pet spores around your home or at your desk to set off your hay fever symptoms. Simply spray into the air around you, once a day. It also contains eucalyptus and ylang ylang to aid breathing. For a double whammy, use with Fabri Cleanse, which you can add to your laundry to remove pollen from clothes and bedding.

Ease itchy eyes

Description: Team them with some Jakie O-style large sunnies, too, to protect your eyes from further invasion.

Team them with some Jakie O-style large sunnies, too, to protect your eyes from further invasion.

If you don’t want to rely on antihistamines, try some simple drops like Optrex Itchy Eye Drops, which work by flushing out allergens to soothe and relieve that gritty feeling. Team them with some Jakie O-style large sunnies, too, to protect your eyes from further invasion.

Light up your nose

Description: Light up your nose

Light up your nose

It takes a leap of faith to believe that sticking two red-light heat probes up your schonoz will drastically reduce your hay fever symptoms, but it does (and you get to glow from the inside out, like E.T.). Accredited by Allergy UK, Lloyds Allergy Reliever can be used three to four times a day. The theory? The red light reduces inflammation in the nasal passages and inhibits histamine release.

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