Thoughts of the week
Hay-fever is an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are inflamed, causing running at the nose and watery eyes. In the UK it is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.
- Feeling tired
- Pain around your temples and forehead
- Loss of smell
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Runny or blocked nose
- Sneezing and coughing
If you suffer with asthma you may also:
- Wheeze / cough
- Get short of breath
- Occasionally get tightness in your chest
Try to avoid:
- Letting pets in doors
- Drying clothes outside
- Being around any form of smoke
- Keeping fresh flowers / plants inside
- Spending more time then necessary outside
- Cutting grass or walking on / around cut grass
What may help:
- Using a pollen filter for the air vents in your car if you drive
- Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
- Dust with a damp cloth
- Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
- Spend more time indoors if possible
- Shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside
- Wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
- Use vaseline around your nostrils before you go outside
In extreme cases seek medical advice from a doctor of pharmacist. Hay-fever is more common than you think and some people develop it later on in life. Don’t suffer in silence by using the above points to help you…
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Recipe of the week
Hot & spicy prawn vegetable stir fry
- Roughly chop, red onion, red pepper, white cabbage, carrot & red chilli into bite size pieces. Heat olive oil in a wok then throw in vegetables along with frozen edamame & bean sprouts. Add ground black pepper, red chilli flakes, a generous splash of rice vinegar & dash of reduced salt soy sauce. Stir fry until all ingredients are mixed well & al dente.
- In a separate pan melt some olive spread then heat up a clove of chopped garlic with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Gently heat frozen prawns for a few mins until they turn white on both sides.
- Drain juices from prawn pan then add to wok with vegetables. Continue to mix together on a high heat until prawns are completely cooked through.
- Plate & serve as in picture.
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