Ex-Olympic and Strictly star Colin Jackson reveals hay fever ruined his cricket career

DOUBLE World Champion hurdler and 2005 Strictly star Colin Jackson needed to abandon a possible cricket career as a result of he suffered so badly with hay fever.

Jackson, who took gold within the 110m hurdles on the World Championships in 1993 and 1994, stated he performed cricket for his county as an adolescent however needed to give up due to insufferable hay fever signs.

 Colin Jackson won a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics and took gold twice in the 110m hurdles at the World Championships.

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Colin Jackson gained a silver medal on the 1988 Summer time Olympics and took gold twice within the 110m hurdles on the World Championships.

He stated: “Being in a subject from Might onward whenever you endure from hay fever is sure to be an issue – however I used to be opening the bowling and batting at quantity 5 – and there was not sufficient time to get my itchy, streaming eyes beneath management.”

Hay fever is an allergic response to pollen which is usually worst through the summer time months when the pollen rely is at its highest.

Signs embrace sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny or blocked nostril, and bronchial asthma victims might expertise shortness of breath and tightness of their chests.

The fifty one-yr-previous ex-Olympian experiences sleep issues as a consequence of his situation, unable to open the home windows throughout summer time nights and affected by eyes “so itchy you need to dig them out, wash them and put them again in”.

 18m people suffer from hay fever in the UK. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and a runny or blocked nose.

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18m individuals endure from hay fever within the UK. Signs embrace sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and a runny or blocked nostril.

Jackson determined to concentrate on athletics, which is later within the season and leaves him much less uncovered to excessive pollen ranges whereas competing. He stated: “It’s like having a chilly – however a steady chilly that lasts for 5 months.”

A survey, carried out by Atomik Analysis for ASDA Pharmacy, discovered that of 18m hay fever victims within the UK greater than half are pressured inside throughout summer time, with fifty four% unable to play outside sports and forty six% struggling to do any gardening.

ASDA Pharmacist Maq Din stated: “There’s at present no remedy for hay fever and you possibly can’t forestall it however you are able to do issues to ease your signs when the pollen rely is excessive.

“Staying cooped up inside isn’t a sensible way of life your life however there are a couple of steps you’ll be able to take to maintain your self protected when you’re venturing outdoor.”

ASDA Pharmacy suggests a safety routine of eye drops, nasal sprays and hay fever tablets, together with wraparound sun shades to guard your eyes and showering off pollen after being outdoors.

DOUBLE World Champion hurdler and 2005 Strictly star Colin Jackson needed to abandon a possible cricket career as a result of he suffered so badly with hay fever.