How to Manage Hay Fever during the Exam
Hay fever can rear its ugly head at the
worst of times. The fact that hay fever season coincides with exams is a source of frustration for many. Year after
year, many students try to fight allergic rhinitis while trying to ace their exams, and it can be quite an obstacle
to overcome. Here are some ideas on how to manage your hay fever during potentially one of the busiest times in
The time to think about managing hay fever
symptoms is not when they start to bother you. You need to plan ahead and be prepared long before
If your allergies cause you grief at a
certain time each year, begin building up your body’s defence system two months in advance if possible. Taking a
daily tablespoon of local honey, or a serving of local bee pollen each day can minimize your symptoms as your body
slowly becomes tolerant to the pollens in your area.
Purchase any supplements that help your
body fight hay fever and begin taking them a month or two before your hay fever symptoms generally appear. These
might include quercetin, omega-3 fatty acids and extra vitamin C.
Don’t leave your studying until just
before exams either. Stress causes hay fever to flare up, so study regularly in the months leading up to your exams
so that you won’t have to pull any stressful all-nighters trying to catch up on what you should have already done.
A little studying per day goes a long way in preventing last-minute study stress.
What does meal planning have to do with
fighting hay fever during exams? Firstly, planning your meals ahead of time will minimize the stress of thinking
about it each time you are hungry. Secondly, you can more easily plan your diet around whole foods that will help
your body fight inflammation. This will help your body to deal with the hay fever triggers that are beyond your
Choose a particular lifestyle of minimal
stress for this season. There are certain stresses you cannot avoid, such as the exams themselves, but you can
certainly cut out anything non-essential. Don’t spend time worrying about life and what your ex-boyfriend is
Spend a few minutes each day in sunlight,
breathing in the fresh air. Get regular exercise, which helps you to unwind and strengthens your immune system at
the same time. Even partying should be postponed, because the lack of sleep will affect your hay fever in a
When possible, avoid your triggers. For
you, this might mean you need to skip football at the park that has trees that trigger your hay fever. Or you may
need to do the majority of your workouts at the gym instead of outside at the wrong time of day when the local
pollen count is off the charts. Avoid foods that your body is intolerant to, and try to stay away from sugar
Hay fever is difficult to deal with,
especially during a busy time such as exams. Instead of pining away about it, take steps to minimizing your body’s
reaction to it in whatever way possible. In no time, you will be done with exams and able to get back to a more
normal state of life.