With the sun beaming down on us and the flowers in bloom, it’s a truly glorious time of the year…unless you have hayfever.
Hayfever sufferers are being plagued with puffy eyes, blocked noses and scratchy throats, constantly on the hunt for the latest cure.
Recent reports have suggested that clear spirits like gin and vodka could help alleviate symptoms of hayfever.
Their apparent low histamine content is better for those with hayfever than darker, fermented drinks like red wine and beer.
These findings were reportedly stated in a new study by UK charity, Asthma UK. However, it seems as if these claims were misinterpreted.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Asthma UK said: “Alcohol can actually increase sensitivity to pollen, so our advice is that it may be worth avoiding it when the pollen count is high.”
The mistake occurred due to the link between asthma and hayfever, with 80% of asthma suffers saying they have a pollen allergy too.
Asthma UK’s in-house GP, Dr Andy Whittamore, reportedly suggested that some types of alcohol can trigger asthma. From here, it seems as if the same logic was applied to hayfever.
According to the HSE, the best way to treat your hayfever symptoms is to avoid the trigger substance. As pollen is almost everywhere during the summer, a number of antihistamines could also help alleviate your symptoms if you want to spend more time outdoors.
So you can have a G&T this summer if you choose, but don’t drink it as a cure. And it may also be better to avoid particular drinks if they’re a trigger for you.
For more information on how to treat your hayfever symptoms, visit the HSE’s website here.