A TIKTOK user who is plagued by hay fever has revealed the one hack that’s really worked for him.
The item is likely already in your house but will cost you less than £1 if not.
And it’s recommended by the NHS to relieve symptoms without medication.
TikTok user @madtech99 said: “If you’re suffering from hay fever, this is the only trick that works for me.
“Now you might think a nasal spray or some tablets will help you. But f*** all that.
“The only thing that actually works is Vaseline.
“Now I know what you’re thinking, what the hell am I gonna do with some Vaseline?
“Just get a little bit and rub it outside your nose, a little bit inside. Trust me, it works.
“It’s even the number one point on the NHS website.”
Under the NHS’ “how to treat hay fever yourself” section, it says “put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen”.
When the pollen gets trapped in the Vaseline, it prevents it from traveling up the nose where it can cause inflammation.
For something that barely takes 20 seconds to do, it’s worth trying it out just before you head out in the morning.
Vaseline is the branded version of petroleum jelly, which you can get for even cheaper in supermarkets and pharmacies.
Balms do the same thing – HayMax barrier balm has been proven to trap over a third of pollen before it enters the body.
Other quick tips from the NHS include wearing wrap-around sunglasses to prevent pollen from reaching the eyes.
Always shower and change your clothes once you get in so that you’re not spreading pollen around the house and on soft furnishings, such as the sofa or bed.
Phil Day Superintendent Pharmacist from the UK’s largest online pharmacy, Pharmacy2U, said: “Stay indoors whenever possible and keep windows and doors shut if you can.
“In the house, it is important to vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth, and you could buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
“Avoid cutting grass or walking on grass when possible. Avoid having fresh flowers in the house that could release pollen.
“It can also help to avoid drying clothes outside, as they will catch pollen whilst drying; and be aware that pets can carry pollen indoors after they’ve been out.”
Although the TikTok user didn’t appear to be a fan of standard hay fever relievers nasal sprays and tablets, these can work wonders for others.
They can be bought over-the-counter with the help of a pharmacist, as well as eye drops.
But you should go to your GP if your symptoms are not improved by these medications, or they are getting worse.
Phil said: “Although there is no cure for hay fever, easing the symptoms can be as straightforward as an over-the-counter antihistamine and your pharmacist will be able to advise on the best course for you.
“In most cases, medicines available without a prescription can be a real help.”
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