YAY! It’s summer (Or it is on some days!) and for most of us, flowers in the garden, walls in the countryside and the smell of freshly cut grass is a source of joy, BUT for some it’s total misery.
Pollen is produced by plants in summer in order to reproduce. The pollen count is highest on warm, windy and humid days. You can check the pollen count on Met Eireann’s Website.
Hay fever symptoms include:
1.Sneezing and coughing.
2.Stuffy and blocked nose.
3.Itchy and watery eyes.
4.Itchy throat, mouth and eyes.
5.Loss of smell.
6.Pain around the temples and forehead.
If you have asthma, you may also have:
1.Tightness in the chest.
2.Be short of Breath.
3.Wheeze and cough.
You will see from reading that list that it share’s a lot of symptoms with our friend Covid-19, so always consult your G.P or pharmacist if in any doubt.
Sadly there is no cure for hay fever but there is help!
1.Stop the pollen before i gets up the nasal passages. We have recommended vaseline up to this, but there is a product on the market called Hay Max, which was said to work in 80& of sufferers who used it. It’s available in an adult’s and kids formulation and it’s definitely worth a try.
It’s a drug free and okay to use in pregnancy.
2.Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop the pollen from getting into your eyes.
3.Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, especially early morning and in the evening.
4.Vacuum often and when buying your next vacuum cleaner, get one with a HEPA Filter.
5.Buy a pollen filter for the vents in your car.
6.Dust with a damp cloth.
7.Don’t keep fresh flowers in the house.
8.Dry clothes indoors as they can catch pollen when dried outside.
9.Remember that pets can also carry pollen indoors.
10.Shave, wash hair and change clothes having been outside.
In fairness, none of this sounds like fun, so if you can find a treatment that works for you, take it and DO in summer!
In the pharmacy, we have a range of anti-histamines, including Telfast that used to be prescription only but it is now O.T.C. Definitely worth a shot, and is working for patients who were getting little relief from other formulations.
There are non-drowsy histamines for use in daytime and stronger drowsiness formulations for use at night.
When anti-histamines aren’t controlling your symptoms adequately, ask us about our selection of eyedrops, sprays and decongestants that can be used with or instead of oral anti-histamines.
For pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, there are some drug free alternatives, so please ask us in store.
Talk to our staff about Hay Fever and we’ll discuss your symptoms and find the most suitable product for you.