Anyone suffering with hayfever?


I've had it since I was 13, and by jingo it's come back with a vengeance this week! I've been given tablets, Dimotap LA, to combat the itchy eyes, running nose and throat that feels like you've swallowed an entire dandelion clock… but it had the unfortunate effect of sending me to sleep, which wasn't helpful when I was trying to negotiate More Lane in Esher on my bike after school!

Or possibly more importantly, my O levels in the summer of '76. My eyelids became heavy at the point they told us we could turn our papers over… and I awoke to find the invigilator telling me that my snoring was distracting others in the exam!

But seriously, do ANY of you have any weird and wonderful remedies that have worked for you? I think the strangest I've heard is to rub petroleum jelly around your nostrils, which is supposed to catch the pollen before it gets into your nasal passages! I feel it could have the same disastrous consequences that wearing lipgloss used to have when I rode my bike to school. 

A wide variety of insect life would adhere themselves to my lips which of course was not pointed out to me, until I had spent at least an hour in the company of my classmates… how cruel are kids eh? So any non medical remedies you wish to let me know about, I'd be mighty grateful. 

No remedy for clumsiness though, and if you were watching our fab Best of British Day and saw the Lesley Vik Waddell hour at 10pm, you will have seen me tip an entire tray of colour graded citine stones Alison with baby Ali all over the desk! Calamity! Luckily they had such an incredible sparkle that not one of them were lost. Such gorgeous pieces of jewellery, and such a talented designer in Lesley. How marvellous to be able to follow your dream and see it come true while you're still so young.

We had a family party at the weekend and I though you might like to see possibly the youngest member of the family – baby Ali! Can you believe that's her name. I was in seventh heaven when her mum Sam let me cuddle and then feed her. I wonder what Ali will grow up to be… at three weeks old, perhaps a little early to tell.

Do join me for a fab weekend of gems and L'Occitane and I look forward to hearing from you with those remedies for hayfever!.

Ali xx


  1. Eileen P. June 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I use a steam inhalation, usually Eucalyptus oil or olbas oil, this helps my nose, throat and chest, I usually just wash my eyes with optrex but I’m going to try Eyebright from the Liz Earle range. Hope some of this helps as I also have suffered from an early age (12/13), some years mine seems worse than others. Eileen.

  2. billkiss navsarka June 13, 2009 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    i was told by my cousin to have a spoon full of honey made in the area you live in as it has something to do with bee’s from your own area making pollen, iv still to try it will be doing so soon, il try owt as my heyfever sounds as bad as yours,but aparently it worked for my cousins husband who was told by a friend that had tried it as well and it worked on him too, i hope this all makes sence to you. x

  3. Nicola McLellan June 13, 2009 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, i have been suffering from hayfever for about 3 years (i am now 19) and i have an air purifier, i have mine on all the time and it removes the pollen, dust, etc, however it does not work when you have a window open.
    Also i bathe my eyes when they are red and itchy with plain cold water, or go into the shower and just let the water run over your eyes.
    The first year i had hayfever, i was on a school camping trip, where we stayed in the middle of a field (not the best place to be when it is your first time with hayfever) and one of the lads called me ‘stoned’ because my eyes were so red and puffy, and as i didn’t have a mirror i had no idea what i looked like!
    I also take 1 ‘Piriteze’ tablet a day, which really helps my symptoms within about 2 hours of taking it, but you can only take 1 tablet per day, also i use ‘Optrex’ itchy eye drops, they are great! They stop my eyes from itching instantly and the best thing is you can use them as often as you like (however after you use them, they make you look like you have been crying!)
    I have heard that Nettle Tea is said to be very affective, although i am not really brave enough to try it! I hope you find some of this information helpful. Good Luck!!

  4. Natalie June 13, 2009 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Try eating or making drinks with locally produced honey.
    The pollen in the honey is said to help to build an immunity to the allergens that cause the hay fever, and so reduce symptoms. Honey from a source near your home will contain a high proportion of the pollen that stimulates & causes the allergy, and so may be beneficial.
    You will only become de-sensitised to local pollen though, so no use when you go away on holiday elsewhere.
    Hope that helps, Natalie

  5. alan Harrison June 13, 2009 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    The worst thing, when you have hayfever is the lack of sleep, and the very best remedy, to me, is the natural way if you can, is valerian from a very well known chemist on the high street, but to me the natural way is always the Best, the photo is lovely, and yes babies are a blessing, but it does depend what they are taught from the word go, gooing and aahhing just doesn’t work in my book, babies need to be read to as early as possible, because learning starts from day one.Well Done Though on becoming a gran.

  6. Susan May June 13, 2009 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Alison, Im a Naturapath and would suggest you try Butterbur Remedy a lot of people find it most helpful, also no sedative effects!

  7. evie June 13, 2009 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Try Dr Stuart’s Nettle Tea – It’s a natural anti-histamine. Plus it has a wealth of other health benefits.
    Good Luck!

  8. Christine Keir June 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    You don`t say what you`re allergic too. If it`s grass pollen, as in my case, a Kenalog steroid injection at the beginning of the “season” does me right through.

  9. Liz Tracy June 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , a friend of mine suffers from hayfever , but she says that the symptoms are greatly minimized if , at the start of the season she takes a spoonful of honey that is from her local area. Best wishes Liz

  10. Sharon Gasparutti June 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have two sons which who both have hayfever and the youngest James, I’ve bought clarityn from the local chemist, and I have a slight touch of hayfever myself however it depends on the day, if the pollen count is moderate to high then I have a tablet for the hayfever and if it is low then I would’nt take one so it really depends on the day itself.
    Now the little one you are holding in the picture is a member of the family, so that make you a Gran or a Nanna,
    as you don’t look old enough to be one, all the same congratulations.

  11. Diane Hyman June 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    My uncle swears that eating natural honey comb on toast every morning is the answer. I too suffer from hayfever I am on Levocetirizine which seems to work well for me, apparently the key is to start taking your tablets about a month before you usually get symptoms(not very helpful now I know but there is always next year). Also I know someone who has had the anti – histamine injection and thought that it was the best thing ever.
    Maybe you shold spend the summer months abroad as I never seem to suffer in quite the same way when I am on holiday.(Any excuse).
    Anyway i hope your pills have now kicked in and you aren’t suffering as much as it is the worst thing ever to feel that you can’t enjoy the sunshine properly.
    Hope to see you on screen soon

  12. Julie June 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, thought I would tell you about the natural tablets I have taken for years, which I swear by. They are called “NEW ERA H” in a blue & white box, which you can purchase from specialist health stores. You simply put 4 on your tongue about three times day, and either chew them or let them dissolve – they are tasteless and also have absolutely no side effect. I suffered for years, and now, at 43, don’t have any problems by using these tablets. I’m very pro natural health remedies and really hope these help you.
    On another note, just to say I love to watch you on QVC, you are such a great presenter, always look fab, and treat everyone so kindly. Keep up the great work and will keep watching.
    Take care
    Julie from Cannock

  13. Dickie June 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    i find a gin and tonic helps!!!
    love dickie XXXX

  14. Janice June 13, 2009 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have suffered from hayfever on and off all my life, last year being the worst ever. I also suffer from perenial allergic rhinitis, when I seem to be allergic to everything – that’s when my eyes and lips swell.
    Non medical stuff that works is to buy an ioniser and put it near your bed or where you are sitting. Also, do you know those fly screens to put over your windows to keep the little buggers out; well I put one of those over my head to keep the pollen out when I’m asleep. As well as all this, you could try a pair of sunglasses that has blocked in sides; these also keep the pollen out. You can even buy sunglasses where the air that is in them is constantly exchanged for fresh air.
    Medically, I find Ciritizine 10 mg a day tablets, Rapiril eye drops and Nasonex 18g nose drops to be beneficial. In fact, this year I am a lot better.
    Hope all goes well. Bye the way Alison, please don’t quote my name on telly.

  15. Claire June 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I also suffer from allergies to all pollen. I find an ioniser really helps. Also ask your Doctor to refer you to an Allergy clinic there is a really good one at Guys Hospital. I went there as i had been taken to hospital several times with a very bad allergic reaction to pollen and the Professor there gave me all sorts of things ….. The other thing to look at is a gadget from the chemist that desensitises your nasal reactions. Its a red light on the end of what looks like a peg. Good luck!

  16. Julie Gentry June 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    My husband used to suffer badly with hay fever. It is now virtually non existent thanks to garlic oil capsules. You need to take them all year round to build up and maintain the immunity. You will not see an immediate effect but it is worthwhile persevering for the long term.

  17. maureen moore June 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I am a fellow hayfever sufferer, its awful.
    Try putting a smearing of vaseline or similar on the inside of your nose, it traps the pollen and therefore doesnt makje you sneeze, also, if you live in the countryside or can get hold of stinging nettles, pick ( wearing tough gloves!!) hang them upside down to dry and then crush into small tea leaves and use to make nettle tea, this is a very old remedy. If you dont fancy gathering the nettles the tea is sometimes available from herbal shops or anywhere that sells teas.
    Good luck.
    Maureen from Wigan

  18. Christine Caseley June 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    The only thing that helped my me was during the winter eating honey produced by local bees. Not anything from the supermarket, just locally produced honey. Try a local reputable health food store or local market. Spoonful a day. It is said to build up your tolerance of the local flora and make the pollen less intense the following spring. Certainly helped me and less messy than petroleum jelly around your nose!

  19. Charlotte June 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    I know how you feel Ali, I have it too and I really struggle with it. I have tried everything under the sun – Actifed works wonders but makes some people (me!)very sleepy. You can also get a device from the chemists which you put up your nose (it’s not painful) for 3 minutes twice a day…it emits infrared light which I think is meant to hinder histamine production and lower imflammation. Charlotte x

  20. Tina Packwood June 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Allison,
    I had hayfever since my 20’s (now 51). More than 5 years ago I started using a device where a light was shone up your nose. It’s not an over night thing but give it time and it works. In my case after using it for 3ish years I hardly have any further symptoms. I use to have to wear a gas mask to cut the grass! I didn’t see the device being sold for years, but a few days ago I saw an advert for ising it. It’s called the hayfever and allergy reliever. Give it a go. The real bonus is that its drug free.
    Kind regards,

  21. Julliard June 13, 2009 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    I too suffer from hayfever but now it has mainley gone due to the herbal remedy Luffa tincture. I was recommended this by the health shop and, it has been one of the best remedies to have. No side effects or reactions, not like a prescribed medication from the doctors. It cleared my itchy eyes and sneezing.

  22. susie l June 13, 2009 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    I feel for you – I am sitting here exhusted after sneezing for hours. It really spoilt a lovely afternoon bbq at my sisters. I have just been told that if you can get local honey – it must be local pollen – and have a spoonful a day it works like a vacination and makes you imune to the allegy. At this point I’ll try anything! wish you better –

  23. OLGA SOURSKAIA June 13, 2009 at 8:10 pm -  Reply


  24. Jacqueline Thomson June 13, 2009 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi – put balm balm (organic and much better than vaseline)in the rim of your nostrils. You can get it from any chemists. Another tip is Liz Earle eyebright which soothes the eyes. Also spritz your face with skin tonic. The aim is to keep pollen spores from your eyes and nose. It doesn’t cure it but helps a lot.

  25. raver June 13, 2009 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    My daughter suffers badly, has found taking a vitamin c tablet all year round has helped greatly. If her eyes itch and water she then takes 2 tablets a day. It might help you and vitamin c will only do you good.

  26. Vicki June 13, 2009 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    I use the normal tablets like claytin, nasal spray, eyedrops and every morning i have tea with a teaspoon of local honey, which works wonders. Good luck Alison, hayfever is miserable!

  27. Lawrence Newman June 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I must admit I have had bad hayfever in the past. I buy the cheap tablets from a supermarket and they worked better than my prescription. You may want to try them for a few days?
    I certainly could not do your job feeling all hayfeverish!
    You always look lovely on air.
    I do not have any home made remedies but be careful what you try!

  28. Angela June 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    First of all what a gorgeous baby! Bless her little cotton socks!!
    I suffer with allergic rhinitis (proper name for hayfever although hayfever is seasonal) all year and am on strong antihistamines from the dr (Fexofenadine) which don’t make me sleepy thankfully – maybe the best thing to do is have a chat with your doctor. Alternatively have you seen the new device that’s advertised by a local chemist? It’s two prongs that you put up your nose 3 times a day – have no idea if it works but maybe someone else has tried it and can help on that one. The only other remedy I have heard of is to eat local honey cos it has the pollen local to you in it and if you’ve eaten it your body doesn’t then react to it. Again not tried this either but worth a go!
    Good luck with it – let us know if you find some miracle cure!!
    Best Wishes.

  29. charlotte June 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    i suffer from hayfever too! on top of medication i use the sbc Echinacea gel, all over and around my nose, it’s also good for the headaches! on my eyes i use sbc cucumber gel and liz earle’s eyebright lotion, they really help cool and soothe, the cleansing water from l’occitane works on hayfever eyes. hope these work for you.

  30. Maria Johnson June 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I did catch your gem show and I was blown away by your stunning outfit. That “red” really suits you and looked so vibrant and lively. You always look stunning and you encourage me to make more effort about my own appearance. I have never seen you phased by anything that happens. Even when the gems tipped you reacted so naturally and I was falling about laughing too.
    Like you I have suffered most of my life with “Hayfever” and nothing seems to cure it. We are stuck with it and providing you take your antihistamine tabs regularly it seems to keep a cap on the symptoms getting unbearable!! I find Liz Earles “Eyebright” fantasticly soothing, especially if I remember to put it in the fridge first!!!
    I’m sure you already know this though!
    Looik forward to seeing you on air. Best wishes Maria x

  31. Julie Anderson June 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    Oh you’ve started something with the hayfever blog.
    About 5 years ago i started constantly sneezing, having a runny nose, itchy and swollen eyes. I was referred to hospital where they found nothing to be wrong but no hayfever.
    I seem to have a skin tag in my nose that wakes up when particles of only some things go up my nose and away i go, yet piriton sorts it out only thing it is knocks me out but it’s the only thing to give me relief, if it does, sometimes it doesn’t. Happens all year round, can go months with nothing then it starts up and often in the middle of the night.
    Anyway, Baby Ali is lovely.
    Love Julie

  32. vix mcgowan June 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! I religiously get hay fever every year and have done since I was 18 and I’m 55 now. I’ve recently discovered a good thing for it after many years of trial and error. I use a pharmacist’s own brand hay fever pills together with stinging nettle capsules. This combination reduces my symptoms to a a few sniffs and the odd sneeze.

  33. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Eileen,
    Thanks for your advice,
    Eyebright would be well worth a try – for its soothing properties if nothing else. and like you mine seems worse some years than others. Very good of you to take the time out to write to me.
    Have a good week,
    Ali x

  34. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi billkiss, This theme of local honey has cropped up more than once and I truly think I should try it… local farm not a million miles away… so will see what I can purchase. Very many thanks for your kind advice.
    Take care and have a good week and I hope that perhaps this remedy will work well for you too – here’s to a sneeze-free summer 🙂 xx

  35. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello Nicola, thanks for the advice re: Optrex I plan to have a go… haven’t used it for a while as having invested in the eye bath etc I lost the little basin bit and couldn’t use the solution!!! Not easy when you have full slap on for a show, but have to say great when at home and not wearing make-up.
    Many thanks again for taking the time out. Do keep in touch,
    Much love,
    Ali x

  36. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Natalie, very interesting to hear your advice…there is a local honey farm so I will make sure I pay them a visit. Interestingly you mention that it won’t work if I’m out of the area… if I’m abroad it never seems to bother me!! Hope all is well with you and thanks again for taking the time out.
    Have a great week.
    Ali xxx

  37. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Alan, Thank you! Never heard of butterbur.. but game to try particularly as it doesnt make you sleepy! Essential in this line of work. I agree completely with you re the babies… teach them from day one.. but sadly I’m not a gran just glad to be attached in some way shape or form!! I think in another life I would have been a midwife. Have a great week 🙂 Ali x

  38. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    And clearly Alan – credit where it’s due – I didn’t hear about butterbur from you! However, Valerian is something I have heard about and plan to look into. You’re right about the lack of sleep – I’m struggling with that at present although my mum reckons if you can stay in bed in spite of a great deal of ironing still to be done you don’t have a sleep problem!! Thanks again, and have a great week. Ali x

  39. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Susan… What’s a naturapath? Sounds intruiging! Many thanks for your advice. I will endeavour to try it.
    Ali xx

  40. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Evie… Am addicted to PUKKA tea – the aniseed and fennel – LOVELY. Will try your recommendation tho – is Nettle tea Peppery? I’ll let you know how I get on. Many thanks
    Ali xx

  41. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine, I’m not at all sure what exactly it is I am allergic to. Could be grass or tree pollen. When I was working on This Morning I had a steroid injection which did the trick although it reduced my bust size dramatically – not sure why!!!
    Hope all well with you
    Ali xxx

  42. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Liz, This local honey things seems to be a cracking idea! I will have to seek some out and let you know how I get on! In all honesty it does seem to have lessened over the last week, although that may have been due to the rain. Hope your general health is good. ali xx

  43. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon, sorry to hear that both your boys have hayfever. Sam my eldest manages to control his with a nasal spray, but Jack needs to take piriton.. although all that said, neither is suffering as badly this year as last. Thank you for your advice! The little baby is not really related to me – my partner’s neice Sam gave birth a month ago, but I so love babies – and if I ever were lucky enough to choose to work voluntarily, it would be with babies. Have a great week. Ali xx

  44. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane Thanks for taking the time out to write. No, I’m managing to enjoy the sun whether in the garden or just out and about and I’ve just started using a nasal spray that amazingly seems to get rid of all my other symptoms. I was interested to hear that you need to start taking the tabs a month prior to the symptoms appearing. I’ll bear that in mind as it could be the key to a far less irritable time! I’ve jotted down the name of your medication and will quiz my doc next visit. Again thanks for writing, and were I not with QVC I would most certainly elect to spend the better months of the year abroad! Take Care Ali xxx

  45. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie. gosh I remember my years living not a million miles from Cannock…. Brownhills just one of the more memorable places! I’ve not heard of New erah, but that won’t stop me from looking into this alternative therapy and if they’ve worked for you, I’m game to try. Keep watching and thank you so much for taking the time out to help me.
    Ali xx

  46. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Dickie…. Sooooooooooooooo love your suggestion. A man after my own heart 🙂 xx

  47. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello there J… so sorry to hear about your allergies! Makes mine sound pretty tame, and I do so hope that you’ve found some form of comfort and cure. Maybe read what others have had to suggest! Quite an education and hopefully useful. I know that the ionisers that we sell at QVC have been particularly effective, so long may that last for you. Nasonex is the nasal spray that I use and I’m finding it particularly helpful, so thank you for all the other useful advice. Take care and enjoy the pollen free months! Ali xxx

  48. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, So interested to read about Guy’s Hospital. Allergic reactions normally lead most of us to search the shelves in supermarkets, so it’s good to hear that you manged to secure specialist advice from ‘those who know’. Am on a search now for this infrared light thing that looks like a peg to put up my nose. What with that, my anti grinding plate, bleaching trays and nasal drops I’ll be a real wow at bedtime! 🙂 Thanks for all your help, and I’ll let you know how I get on.
    ali xx

  49. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie, you must either love your husband very much – or loathe him with equal passion – for putting up with garlic capsules! They actually gave me such awful heartburn and wind that I gave up on them, but so glad they work for you. Long may you be symptom free.
    Love Alix x

  50. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Maureen – the petroleum jelly I already have the hang of, although my children refuse to shop with me when I am smeared with the stuff… that aside, I was intruiged to hear about the nettle tea… you’re not the first person, and undoubtedly won’t be the last to suggest this, so I feel it is very much the time to try. I will let you know how I get on. Thank you so much for your response
    Ali xx

  51. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine, Am planning to cycle to the local farm in Eggington tomorrow – weather and health allowing – and will get a jar of local honey. Can’t believe so many of you know about this and I am sooooooooooooooooooo ignorant! Will let you know how I do. And as you say so much more practical than petroleum jelly!
    Love Ali xx

  52. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Tina – the hayfever and allergy reliever it is!! If nothing else because I don’t believe the occupants of this village would cope with me in my shorts with a gas mask on, trimming my borders! We are a tad parochial here…. I am going to go online and see where I can buy one from and then approach our buyers to see if we can get some in at QVC. You take care and thanks again. Ali x

  53. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Juillard, Thank you for your recommendation. Not sure if there are enough days remaining in the calendar for me to try every remedy, but I have to say yours sounds intruiging… Luffa Tincture… the very name conjures up something magical, so in my book definitely means worth a try. Will let you know how I do..
    Love Alix

  54. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susie… I so agree..! Nothing worse than not being able to enjoy the barbeque, so my advice in complete contrast to others would be a very large Pimms! Not only do you not feel the symptoms, you don’t care if your nose is running! Fab! You take care, and seriously I do hope that the local honey will work for you… in a gin and lemon maybe? Love Ali xx

  55. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Olga, I have nothing but praise for acupuncturists…. my pleurisy and general malaise a couple of years back was cured completely by them, plus their ghastly chinese tea which I dilligently brewed and drank over a three week period. Can’t praise them highly enough. Thank you for taking time to remind me of their expertise. Love Alix

  56. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jacqueline, Thanks for your recommendations. Will try at our local chemists for Balm Balm and was interested to hear your tip for skin tonic…not heard that benefit before. I hope you have a great week, and thanks again for taking time out. Lovely to hear from you.
    Ali xxx

  57. alison keenan June 16, 2009 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris (raver) (!) Sorry to hear that your daughter suffers with hayfever but glad that the vitamin C has helped her. Sam has such a lousy diet that he’s been on multivitamins for the last 6 months and am wondering why, if now, that’s why he’s suffering far less this year from Hayfever. Long may it last!! Thanks so much for your missive. Love Alixx

  58. Margaret June 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Many congratulations on the safe arrival of Alison jr. you must be feeling very proud but you dont look old enough to be a gran,how lovely to use your name and keep it going through the family. Must say you looked stunning in your red spotted dress the colour really suited you , you must wear it more often sometimes we tend to play safe but its good to just go bright now and again.Sorry cant give much advice on the hay fever I only suffer mildly and find a nasal spray and eye drops from the chemist work ok for me , but I do seem to struggle more if Im in the garden a lot then I have to use an Inhaler the humidity is my problem.I always seem to be better when Im on holiday in a hot country their weather is dry and its great , thats my excuse and Im sticking to it. Enjoy the baby they grow up all to quickly and then in a blink they are adults.All good wishes Margaretx.

  59. gary June 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    hi. alison,i too suffered terribly from hay fever, its a killer especially during exams in june, however after reading a book about breathing in through your nose instead of your mouth i have found it really helps and has nearly eliminated the problem by 90 per cent,its called after the founder of the process , some foreign name like the bashuka method (or something similar) i would really recommend it,gary

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