Top tips for Hay Fever sufferers.
It’s that time of year again…. If you are a hayfever sufferer you will be very familiar with symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and itchy watery eyes. You may even be experiencing itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears or a cough. Less commonly you may be suffering from headaches, facial pain, earache and fatigue with asthmatic patients suffering worse symptoms. Either way it is a time of year that sufferers dread.
Hayfever is caused by an allergy to pollens, most commonly tree and grass pollens. The pollen season normally runs from March until August with easily accessible online pollen count forecasts to prepare you. The higher the pollen count the more intense the symptoms may be. Click here for the Met Office Pollen count
What can I do to stop my hayfever symptoms?
Mild symptoms can usually be treated with over the counter non-sedating anti-histamines. Steroid nasal sprays are useful to target nasal symptoms and are more effective when started 2 weeks prior to the onset of your symptoms started. So, for example, if your symptoms started in early June last year, it is advised you start using a nasal spray in May.
Eye drops containing sodium Cromoglicate can be helpful for red itchy eyes.
If these simple measures are unsuccessful, or think you have sinusitis symptoms you should make an appointment with your GP to explore further options to relieve you of your symptoms.
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