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Chair's blog

How to manage your hay fever

21 June 2017

This summer many of us will be making the most of the long-awaited warmer weather and spending time outside in our gardens and parks. However, with extremely high pollen counts this year many people are suffering from the effects of hay fever.

Hay fever is a common allergic reaction to pollen that affects one in five people in the UK at some point during their life. The symptoms can include sneezing, a running noise, itchy eyes and wheezing, and you are more likely to be affected if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema.

There are a number of simple steps you can take to help minimise your symptoms and reduce the impact it has on your everyday life. If you have suffered from hay fever before, you may wish to consider taking preventive medication before your symptoms start – for example on a day when you know the pollen count will be high. Your pharmacist can advise you on the best over the counter treatment for you.

The easiest way to control your symptoms is to limit your exposure to pollen. Some simple precautions you can take include wearing wraparound sunglasses when you’re outside to prevent eye irritation, taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors, and applying Vaseline around your nostrils to help trap pollen grains.

If after trying these tips your symptoms are persistent and severe, I would recommend you speak to your GP who may decide to prescribe you a stronger course of medication.

For information on the local pollen count, visit the Met Office website.