Hay fever

Summer is no joke for hay fever sufferers as we’re still on the long journey from March to September.

Before you stock up on antihistamines, have a chat with your pharmacist – they will be able to advise you on the right combination of products and self-care to combat your hay fever.

If your symptoms are so bad that they are interfering with your daily life despite taking antihistamines, speak to your local GP service.

Symptoms

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around your temples and forehead
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling tired

If you have asthma, you might also…

  • have a tight feeling in your chest
  • be short of breath
  • wheeze and cough

Hay fever can last for weeks or even months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.

What you can do to help yourself:

DO…

  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower and change clothes after you have been outside
  • Stay indoors whenever possible
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter

DON’T…

  • Cut or walk on grass
  • Spend too much time outside
  • Keep fresh flowers in the house
  • Make or be around smoke – it makes symptoms worse
  • Dry clothes outside as they can catch pollen
  • Let pets into the house if possible as they can carry pollen indoors