Hayfever

How can you manage your symptoms?

 About hayfever:

  • It is a common condition also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis.
  • It is an allergic condition where the body’s immune system overreacts to substances that are usually harmless, for example pollen from grasses, flowers, weeds or trees.
  • It affects around 1 in 5 people in the UK and it often runs in families.
  • It is more likely to affect people who suffer from asthma and eczema.
  • Pollen causes the release of a chemical called histamine from cells in the nose, eyes and airways.
  • Histamine causes inflammation and this inflammation causes the symptoms of hayfever.
  • Some people suffer symptoms all year round
  • They are allergic to indoor allergens such as house dust , mites, pets and indoor moulds.
  • This is called perennial allergic rhinitis.

 Symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Red, Itchy, puffy, irritated or watery eyes
  • Itchy, blocker or runny nose
  • Headaches and sinus pain
  • Itchy throat
  • The severity of symptoms can vary.
  • Some people need medication to manage their symptoms.
  • Others manage their condition by avoiding triggers.
  • If treatment is needed, a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets.
  • These medications are usually cheaper than a prescription and you can get them without seeing your doctor.

How can I avoid Trigger

  • Keep the windows shut in the house and the car especially when the pollen counts are high.
  • Avoid cutting the grass, grassy areas, woodland, pollutants and car fumes.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.
  • When you get indoors wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.
  • If possible stay indoors when the pollen count is high.
  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen.
  • Keep your house clean and wear a mask and glasses when doing house work.
  • Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes.
  • You could buy a pollen filter for the air vents in
    the car.

What treatments can I Buy?

Antihistamine tablets and syrup, for example;

  • Chlorphenamine
  • Cetirizine
  • Loratadine
  • Acrivastine
  •  Antihistamine nasal sprays, e.g. Rhinolast
  •  Steroid nasal sprays, e.g. Beconase and Flixonase
  •  Eye drops, e.g. Hay-Crom, Opticrom and Alomide Allergy
  •  Decongestants, e.g. Sinutab
  •  Simple pain relief, e.g. paracetamol

 When should I see a GP?

  • If you are experiencing wheezing, breathlessness or tightness in your chest.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If your symptoms are not relieved by over the counter treatments in combination with measures to reduce your exposure to pollen.
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