As the temperatures begin to rise, more and more people will have plans to go out with their families and friends to make the most of the good weather. If you are out and about in the summer, and suffer from hay fever, make sure that you take steps to stop your allergies ruining your day.
To help residents deal with their hay fever, NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising local residents to stock up on appropriate medication, well in advance. It is also vital to monitor the pollen count and, wherever possible, stay indoors when the pollen count is high.
Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions in the UK, affecting an estimated 13 million people. Symptoms of hay fever appear when people have an allergic reaction to pollen and become more severe when the pollen count is high.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
- A blocked or runny nose and sneezing
- Itchy eyes
- Watering, red eyes
There are a number of treatments available, including antihistamine tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays. Antihistamine tablets are one of the most commonly used treatments available. If you have just developed hay fever, or you are unsure of what treatment is best for you, you can talk to your GP or local pharmacist.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer at both CCGs said:
“Hay fever is a common condition, which can cause people a lot of issues during the summer season.
“Anyone who suffers from hay fever should plan ahead, stock up on their medication, so they are ready for when the pollen count begins to rise. Speak to a pharmacist before taking antihistamines if you’re already taking other medicines. There may be a risk the medicines could affect each other, which could stop either from working properly or increase the risk of side effects.
“Although staying indoors is a good way to stop your symptoms, this is clearly not always practical, and we want people to be able to go out, exercise and enjoy the good weather. To make sure you can do this, I strongly advise individuals to take their medication in the morning, and not let hay fever spoil your day.”
View the Met Office website to keep track of the daily pollen counts. If the pollen count is high, you can take preventative measures before leaving the house, such as taking antihistamine tablets.
For more information and support on hay fever, view the NHS Choices website.