It's that time of the year, the days are getting longer and the flowers are starting to bloom. Although most of us enjoy the sunny season there are those in fear of what comes with it, hay fever.
Hay fever is an allergy to grass, tree and weed pollen that affects the nose. It also can affect the inside of a person's eyelids or their throat.
Hay fever can affect anyone, but a person that suffers from allergies such as asthma and eczema are more likely to be affected.
Someone affected by hay fever may find they will have trouble concentrating and sleeping properly which will lead to them feeling tired or unwell.
The symptoms of hay fever include:
- runny or blocked nose
- itchy nose, eyes and throat
- watery eyes
To reduce or prevent the symptoms of hay fever you can do the following:
- keep doors and windows closed
- stay indoors when pollen count is high
- instead of just dusting surfaces, wipe down with a damp cloth
- wear wrap-around sunglasses
- stay away from grassy areas, especially in early morning and late afternoon
- clean eyes constantly with cold water to flush out any pollen
Most medicinal treatments are readily available from your pharmacist, but you should always get advice from your GP before starting any medications.