I’m plagued by pollen – only one hay fever hack really works and is NHS approved

A TIKTOK user plagued by hay fever has revealed the one hack that really worked for him.

The item is probably already in your home but will cost you less than £1 if not.

TikTok user @madtech99 said his best cure for hay fever was "even number one on the NHS website"


TikTok user @madtech99 said his top hay fever remedy was “even number one on the NHS website”.Photo credit: TikTok @madtech99
He told others to try rubbing petroleum jelly up their nostrils


He told others to try rubbing petroleum jelly up their nostrilsPhoto credit: TikTok @madtech99

And it’s recommended by the NHS to help relieve symptoms without medication.

TikTok user @madtech99 said: “If you suffer from hay fever this is the only trick that works for me.

“Now you might think a nasal spray or some pills would help. But fuck it.

“The only thing that really helps is petroleum jelly.

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“Now I know what you’re thinking, what the hell am I supposed to do with some Vaseline?

“Just take a little bit and rub it outside of your nose, a little bit inside. Trust me it works.

“It’s even number one on the NHS website.”

Under the NHS section ‘How to treat hay fever yourself’ it states: ‘Put petroleum jelly around nostrils to trap pollen’.

When the pollen gets trapped in the petroleum jelly, it prevents it from going up your nose, where it can cause inflammation.

For something that barely lasts 20 seconds, it’s worth trying in the morning just before leaving.

Vaseline is the branded version of petroleum jelly that you can get even cheaper in supermarkets and pharmacies.

Balms do the same – HayMax Barrier Balm has been shown to trap over a third of pollen before it enters the body.

Other quick tips from the NHS include wearing wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen reaching your eyes.

Always shower and change clothes after boarding to avoid spreading pollen throughout 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 closed 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 your car vents and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

“Avoid mowing grass or walking on grass if possible. Avoid fresh flowers indoors, which could release pollen.

“It can also help to avoid drying clothes outside as they will trap pollen as they dry. and be aware that pets can carry pollen indoors after being outside.”

Although the TikTok user apparently wasn’t a fan of nasal sprays and pills for hay fever relief, these can work wonders for others.

They can be bought over the counter with the help of a pharmacist, as can eye drops.

But you should see your GP if your symptoms don’t improve with these drugs, or if they get worse.

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Phil said: “Although there is no cure for hay fever, relieving symptoms can be as simple as taking an over-the-counter antihistamine and your pharmacist can advise on the best course for you.

“In most cases, over-the-counter medication can be a real help.” I’m plagued by pollen – only one hay fever hack really works and is NHS approved

Sarah Y. Kim

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