How can you manage your symptoms?
- 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.
- 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
What treatments can I Buy?
Antihistamine tablets and syrup, for example;
- 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.