Winter is over and the flowers are newly blooming. Just as the first ray of sunshine breaks through the clouds, soon follows the intolerable itchy eyes and runny nose. It's Hay Fever season!

We shouldn't underestimate Hay Fever. Affecting 1 in 5 people, Hay Fever is a common allergic condition that responds well to medication. Patients also greatly benefit from learning tips to reduce their pollen exposure.

Symptoms can really affect patients lives. They include:

⦁          Frequent sneezing

⦁          Runny nose

⦁          Itchy, watery eyes

⦁          Cough from post nasal trip

⦁          Scratchy throat


Dr Ed's Top Tips

⦁ The pollen count is always at its highest in the mornings, if you don`t need to be outside, stay indoors.

⦁ Dry and windy days are notoriously known to have the highest pollen count readings

⦁ Drying clothing and particularly bedding outdoors during the Hay Fever season should be stopped. It is also imperative to change your bedding weekly to avoid pollen build up on sheets and pillows

⦁ Keep windows closed as much as possible

⦁ Shower morning and night to wash off any pollen

⦁ Wear sunglasses when out and about

A daily antihistamine tablet such as Benadryl or Piriton can be purchased from your local pharmacy and I recommend using these in conjunction with a nasal spray. However, if your symptoms are severe or getting you down, it is well worth seeing a Doctor. Doctors can prescribe a wealth of highly effective medication such as steroid sprays and cutting edge antihistamines that have fantastic results. Furthermore, we can review our patients to ensure that the Hay Fever season is not exacerbating any pre-existing conditions such as asthma.

Charlie Harington