Healthcare

Hayfever – How to recognise and combat the spring allergies

Jasmine Hong

It is that time of the year again when you see the blooming spring flowers as a sign of a new season. However, it is also commonly associated with a condition called Hayfever, which is caused by contact of the nose and/ or eyes with allergens in the environment. Most often, it is linked to the pollen from flowering trees and grass seeds that are more common in spring and summer where we will be seeing a seasonal spike in these presenting symptoms.

Common symptoms of Hayfever

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around forehead and temples
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired
  • Generally do not have problems during other times of the year

It is important to note that despite its name, Hayfever does not cause an increase of body temperature.

Practical advice to combat Hayfever

  • Shower and change clothes after having been outside
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent pollen from entering eyes
  • Put Vaseline around nostrils to trap pollen
  • Keep windows and doors shut
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • Avoid drying washing on a clothes-line outside when pollen counts are high

Treatment options

There are different treatment options available in the pharmacy that we at Lowdham Pharmacy would be happy to assist you with. There are a range of products that can be recommended such as oral antihistamines, intranasal steroid sprays, nasal irrigation with saline water to clear the nasal passage along with eye drops to target eye irritation.

Where else can you get support?

Hayfever can often be controlled by using over-the-counter products from the pharmacy. However, if symptoms are still bothering you and it interferes with your daily activities, we will be able to provide additional support through having a consultation with you to find out what alternative product works best for you.

The NHS website provides a brief overview on Hayfever should you require further advice and guidance. The information can be found here at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/

Jasmine Hong

Trainee Pharmacist

Lowdham Pharmacy

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