Hayfever totally sucks.
If you love spending time outdoors, there's nothing worse than not being able to open your front door without your nostrils clogging up followed by an epic bout of sneezing.
Whether you're hiking a mountain or just biking around your local area, you want to know that your eyes aren't going to water as soon as you stand under a tree.
Are the antihistamines just not working? Feel like you're a constant snivelling wreck? We feel your pain.
Here are my tips - from one active outdoorsy woman to another - on how to cope when hayfever season is in full flight and you want to get outside and play...
Get Prescription Meds
Honestly, go to the doctors.
If you can't stop sneezing as soon as you step out of the door, you need something stronger than the anti-histamines you get at the pharmacy.
You can get seriously strong tablets that won't leaving you feeling like you have to stay indoors all summer (and they don't make you drowsy either - bonus!)
I’ve found the best way to tackle the sneezing and watery eyes is have a shower and take an antihistamine as soon as you wake up.
If your itchy nose become too much to bear throughout the day, again take another shower.
It washes the pollen off your skin, helps clear the nasal packages and makes you feel human again.
Get A Nasal Spray
Oh man, I didn’t realise how useful nasal sprays were until I started surfing in the evenings.
You’re fine in the water, ducking your head through the waves. But as soon as you get out and start tugging off that wetsuit, it begins.
Your nose starts to clog and before you know it, you sound like one of the Muppets, barely able to pronounce your words thanks to the accumulation of snot.
Grab that nasal spray, girl. Yes, you will look like Walter from Sleepless in Seattle squirting it up your nose, but you’ll feel a whole lot better at the pub afterwards.
Avoid Evening Plans
OK, so this is pretty much impossible for most of us – but I’ve found hayfever is far worse in the evenings.
If the pollen count is particularly high, it might be worth rearranging that sunset bike ride through the fields for another day.
In reality, most of us will just say ‘screw it’ and go anywhere. I am definitely down with that approach.
Just take that antihistamine before you go and pray for a breeze to blow the pollen away.
Buy Local Honey
Apparently a spoonful of honey is meant to help people with hayfever, particularly if they start taking it well before pollen season kicks in.
If you buy local honey, it's supposed to be even better as it contains the pollen that is affecting you.
"Opt for multi-floral honey as that will contain a good mix of pollens. Avoid heather or borage mono-floral honeys." John Howat, secretary of the Bee Farmers Association of the UK, told The Telegraph.
Get A Neti Pot
Ever heard of a neti pot? Yogis use it all the time - and plenty of others swear by it as a way of helping with blocked sinuses.
Ayuveda, the Indian traditional medicine system, pioneered the use of warm saltwater to flush nasal cavities and remove excess mucus, pollen, and other debris.
This video by Yoga with Adriene is super helpful. It looks weird, but it's meant to be a really great fix.
Move To The Sea
Most people have dreamt at some point of living by the sea. Now you have a genuine reason.
Sea breezes blow pollen inland, so you'll find your hayfever symptoms are way less noticeable when you're on the coast.
While I've found from experience that being in the city is the worst.
Now you can tell all your friends you are literally allergic to the city!