With great weather comes great responsibility. Everybody loves spring. It’s that season of transition when things start to brighten up and the weather warms up just perfectly, not too hot and not too cold; it’s basically the Goldie Locks of the four seasons. Unfortunately for some, they’re simply transitioning from blowing their nose because of winter to blowing their nose because of hay fever. Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is an inflammation of the nose caused by the immune system’s overreaction to allergens in the air. Symptoms typically include red, itchy, and water eyes, as well as swelling around the eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, or a congested nose. Pollen particles vary in size, from anything between 10 to 1000 microns in size. To put it into perspective, a micron is one millionth of a metre. And here’s the thing; springtime should be a period of fun and rejuvenation, a precursor to the even warmer days to come. It’s a time to get outside, take in the air, smell the flowers, and take Fido to the park. And yet, if you’re a hay fever sufferer or prone to seasonal allergies, odds are all these activities are going to prove challenging. In fact, the dos and don’ts of hay fever can make for a rather sombre spring.
The Dos of Hay Fever
- Apply Vaseline around your nostrils to stop pollen from entering
- If you’ve been outside, best you shower and change your clothes to be pollen free
- Opt for wraparound sunglasses to prevent pollen from irritating your eyes
- If possible, keep windows and doors closed
- If possible, stay indoors
- Vacuum and do your dusting while wearing a certified mask
- Place a pollen filter over the air vents in your car
The Don’ts of Hay Fever
- Don’t let pets into the house
- Don’t let your clothes dry outside
- Don’t smoke, be around smokers or be in the vicinity of smoke
- Don’t walk on grass or cut grass
- Don’t decorate the interior of your home with fresh flowers
- Don’t go outside too much
Now if that isn’t taking the joy out of life, then what is? If the above-mentioned suggestions are to be believed, then in many ways hay fever is nothing short of a social prison sentence, and one that curtails your movements and infringes tremendously on your quality of life. Over-the-counter medicine, antihistamines, and in severe cases prescription medicine can be used to treat hay fever symptoms. However, there’s another easier and more affordable way to combat many of these spring allergies and it’s practically a one-shoe-fits-all-sizes solution - the Cambridge Mask PRO.
Busting hay fever since 2015
Since its inception back in 2015, the Cambridge Mask PRO, both valve and non-valve, has been helping those afflicted with hay fever symptoms to go about their lives with greater ease. While Covid-19 has certainly highlighted the need for masks in recent times, the utility of a mask has existed for aeons. In fact, in East Asia, the culture of mask wearing is deeply embedded, going way beyond the needs of practicality and safety. People in those parts of the world are known to wear masks for reasons of courtesy, consideration, fashion, social signage and for protection from air pollution, smog and other forms of particulate matter. In fact, the Cambridge Mask was the result of the company founder’s travels to China and his first-hand experience of air quality over there.
The difference with the Cambridge Mask PRO is its capacity for multiple applications. The mask is composed of three layers, the last of which is a carbon filter netting made by the UK military. The mask provides protection from microscopic air particles (PM0.3, PM2.5 & PM10), pollen and spores, dust, pathogens such as viruses and bacteria and smoke fumes. The onslaught of hay fever is typically associated with seasonal pollen emissions in Spring/Summer from activities like mowing the lawn, to name but one. The Cambridge mask is truly a unique PPE product. It’s been tested and scrutinised to meet all manner of filtration standards, thus making it more than a protective barrier exclusive to hay fever symptoms. Its utility extends beyond the reaches of the current pandemic to include those who suffer from cystic fibrosis and inlfuenza. With the reach around of air pollution, the idea to mask up simply makes sense.
If you’re afflicted by hay fever, this mask will make for the ideal pollen defender and reducer of pollen levels. You’ll be able to cut the grass, walk the mutt, take in the flowers and vegetation of spring, and commute as you please, to name but some. All because of the Cambridge Mask – no compromises, no substitutions. Have a great spring.
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