Keeping your allergies at bay during COVID-19: Allergy Awareness Week 2020

Keeping your allergies at bay during COVID-19: Allergy Awareness Week 2020

There are approximately 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK. Whether you suffer from sensitive skin or manage a severe food allergy, living with allergies can be challenging. This week (20th – 26th April) marks Allergy Awareness Week, an initiative started by the charity Allergy UK.

The new government and NHS rules around reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are essential measures. But we also need to consider how these changes to our daily lives will affect our allergies.

For this year’s Allergy Awareness Week, Allergy UK is focused on supporting those with concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, providing useful and practical advice to help keep everyone safe.

As we enter another week of lockdown, we’re sharing some handy hits and tips on how to keep your allergies at bay.

Washing your hands

Eczema sufferers know all too well that washing your hands more frequently can result in dry, cracked skin. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

All of our hand washes are hypoallergenic, so try our fragrance free sanitising hand wash and remember to moisturise your hands after every wash. We’d recommend Weleda Skin Food .

Staying indoors

We’re now staying indoors for long periods of time. Dust can affect your allergies – particularly those suffering with asthma – so it’s important to make sure your home is as clean as possible.

Use an eco-friendly duster and give your shelves a good dust. We know we haven’t seen the top of our cupboards for a while! And while you’re there, why not get your spring cleaning done? A clean home can dramatically improve your indoor air quality, which will help to keep allergies in check.

Exercising outside

While the weather is so beautiful, it’s a great excuse to use your one outing per day going for a short walk or maybe even a run. However, hay fever sufferers are on red alert as the UK’s pollen count begins to increase.

Allergy UK recommends:

  • Check the Met Office’s website for the pollen count before you leave the house
  • If your eyes are particularly sensitive, wear wraparound sunglasses
  • Wash your clothes – using our Allergy UK-accredited fragrance free laundry range, of course – and shower when you get back inside