So what is Hay Fever?
Simply, Hay Fever is an allergy. Also known as allergic rhinitis, It’s an allergic reaction to pollen in the air, which is why you normally get affected during warmer weather when pollen is being produced by plants and flowers, usually between March to September. As well as pollen, sufferers may also be susceptible to other allergens such as dust, mould, or animal hair.
Most common symptoms of Hay Fever
If you are experiencing the following symptoms you may have Hay Fever, the symptoms are very similar to the common cold;
- Runny or blocked nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Itchy nose, throat, or mouth
- Ear Ache
How to treat Hay Fever?
The common treatment is medical, taking an antihistamine will relieve most symptoms for sufferers, they are more effective when taken regularly as a prevention, before symptoms occur, rather than only when you have symptoms. It works by blocking a certain natural substance called histamine that your body makes during an allergic reaction, hence antihistamine.
There are also nasal sprays you can use that offer great immediate relief from nasal congestion and runny eyes. At Conefrey’s CarePlus Pharmacy we have a range of antihistamines and nasal sprays, talk with our pharmacist’s and we’ll recommend one for you.
However, there are other things you can do:
- Wash yourself and your clothes after you have been outside to wash off the pollen
- If possible, keep your windows and doors closed in your home to help stop the pollen from getting in
- Hoover and dust your surroundings often
- Dry your clothes inside
- Avoid keeping fresh flowers in your home
- Avoid cutting the grass, or being close to grass being cut
- Try wearing wrap-around sunglasses to help prevent pollen from getting into your eyes
Please visit your GP if your symptoms continue.