For those looking for any excuse to bring out the gin bottles, there’s good news for you.
If you suffer from hay fever , Asthma UK suggests drinking clear spirits such as gin or vodka can reduce your symptoms.
According to research, a lot of people (75%) complain that drinking makes their hay fever worse – but it could be because of the type of alcohol you are consuming.
This is because alcoholic drinks contain histamine and sulphites, which are often found in darker, fermented drinks like red wine and beer.
However, clear spirits like gin and vodka have a low histamine content. So swapping lager for gin during the warm weather could be your best bet.
Hay fever is one of the most common allergies in the UK, according to the NHS.
Although the pollen count is relatively low at the moment, it is expected to rise in a matter of weeks.
The season can last for months, but generally the worst time is between March and September.
Hay fever is caused by pollen or dust.
There are different types of hay fever. Tree pollen can trigger the allergy between February and May.
Grass pollen is formally called ‘seasonal allergic rhinitis’ and occurs between mid-May and June.
Some people may be allergic to weeds, the season tends to start in June and ends in September.
You can also buy eye drops and antihistamines from most pharmacies to relieve your symptoms.
If steroids and other hay fever treatments don’t work, your GP may refer you for immunotherapy.
This means you’ll be given small amounts of pollen, as an injection or tablet, to slowly build up your immunity to it.
This kind of treatment usually starts in the winter about three months before the hay fever season begins.