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Hayfever season: Our Top tips

While some of us are delighted at the brighter days and the change in the weather, hayfever sufferers run and hide. To them, it means one thing: pollen.

Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Coughing
  • Itching eyes, nose, throat and ears
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around the temples and forehead
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling tired

Managing and reducing allergy symptoms

  1. Keep an eye on the pollen count and avoid being outside during peak pollen times (morning and evening)
  2. Rain washes pollen from the air so pollen count should be lower on cooler, wet days
  3. Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound glasses which prevent pollen entering the eyes
  4. Don't mow the grass and avoid working in the garden
  5. Avoid drying washing on a clothesline outside when pollen counts are high
  6. Wash your hair, hands and face when you come back indoors and change your clothes to get rid of any pollen.
  7. Apply an small amount of an effective allergen barrier balm or Vaseline around the edge of each nostril and inside the nose to trap or block pollens and other allergens and help prevent a reaction.
  8. Speak to your local StayWell Pharmacist if you have hayfever. They can give advice and suggest the best treatment options, like antihistamine drops, tablets or sprays to help with symptoms.

Information from this article has been sourced from the HSE and Allergy UK