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Hay fever

The best way to manage hay fever is to check the pollen forecast and try to avoid exposure to pollen. There are lots of ways to minimise exposure and ease your hay fever symptoms.

What is hay fever?

Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergy caused by pollen grains released during the pollen season which normally runs from March to November in the UK.

Hay fever symptoms

Common hay fever symptoms include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, mouth and throat. Less common hay fever symptoms are headaches and hives.

Pollen forecast

To get the latest pollen forecast, view our Pollen forecast which provides a UK forecast of the pollen count and provides any hay fever sufferers with an early warning.

Hay fever relief

Although it is very difficult to avoid exposure to pollen there are a number of measures you can take that will help you to minimise exposure and ease the severity of your hay fever symptoms. Here are some tips from our sponsor at Beconase which we hope will help your symptoms:

  • Check the pollen count every day.

  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.

  • Start treatment early, especially if you’ll be exposed to triggers that you know about

  • Take a break from contact lenses and wear normal glasses instead.

  • Limit your alcohol but stay hydrated.

  • Wash your hair and change your clothes after being outside.

  • Keep your windows closed when indoors.

  • Avoid drying clothes outside when pollen counts are high.

  • If you have a lawn, try asking someone else to cut the grass for you.

  • Avoid grassy areas, such as parks and fields.

Hay fever sufferers can benefit from a wide range of medication which can be prescribed by your GP, or alternatively purchased over the counter from your local pharmacy.

Your GP can help you find the most appropriate treatment for you especially if you also have asthma and other allergies. Treatments include antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays, corticosteroid nasal sprays and drops, nasal decongestants, eye drops, immunotherapy, and alternative therapies.

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