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Hay Fever Treatment

Are your allergy symptoms getting you down? Does it feel like you have tried everything and nothing seems to work? You aren’t alone. For some people, the stubborn symptoms of hay fever and other allergies can have a profound effect on daily life. We stock a range of prescription-strength medicines to help ease and manage your hay fever and allergy. All you need to do is fill in one of our online consultations!

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What is Hay Fever?

Hay fever occurs due to an allergic reaction to pollen, when tiny pollen particles come into contact with your mouth, eyes or throat, they become irritated and cause a reaction.

What causes Hay Fever?

The pollen that causes hay fever will vary from one person to another, and also depend on geographical location. The amount of pollen that is in the air will have a direct effect on how bad your hay fever symptoms will be.

If the weather is hot & dry then it is more likely there will be more pollen in the air, if it is a cool day with rain & damp, then the amount of pollen in the air will be reduced.

During the pollen season, plants release pollen early in the morning, as the day gets warmer the pollen levels rise and on sunny days the pollen count is usually the highest in the early evening.

What are the symptoms of Hay Fever?

Hay fever affects one in five people in the UK; with the most common cause being grass pollen. Hay fever is an allergy that occurs when your body makes antibodies in response to certain triggers, in this case, pollen. The most common symptoms to look out for are:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy throat, mouth or ears
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Fatigue or tiredness

If you also suffer from asthma, these symptoms could also worsen and you may suffer from a tight chest, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

There is currently no cure for hay fever or allergy, but the symptoms can be relieved with treatment.

What can you do to prevent Hay Fever?

Avoiding exposure to pollen or the allergen causing your symptoms is the most effective way to control symptoms. However, exposure is sometimes unavoidable.

If you suffer from hay fever then wearing wraparound sunglasses when outdoors, taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors and applying a small amount of Vaseline to your nostrils can all help to limit your exposure to pollen.

Stay indoors when the pollen count is at its highest. Avoid mowing lawns or sitting in fields that have freshly cut grass.

Try to wash your hands & face regularly during peak times. Also try to avoid exposure to other allergens such as pet fur, sprays or cigarette smoke.

For many people, these measures alone are not sufficient and the use of antihistamines to prevent the allergic reaction from occurring and/or corticosteroid nasal sprays to reduce nasal inflammation provide the necessary relief. 

The good news is at Travelpharm we are a fully registered UK pharmacy and we offer both over the counter and prescription-strength allergy medications that could help you to dramatically improve your allergy symptoms. Try our simple online consultation today.

What are the different Hay Fever seasons?

There are many different types of pollen, therefore depending on what type of pollen you are allergic to will depend on what time of year your symptoms will occur. Different trees and plants produce pollen at different times of the year, in the UK the pollen count season is separated into 3 seasons:

  • Tree Pollen – late March - mid-May
  • Grass Pollen – mid-May - July
  • Weed Pollen – June – September

If you have any more questions on hay fever or allergies, speak to our pharmacist for more advice.

Don't forget, we sell a range of over-the-counter hay fever and allergy medicines ranging from tablets and liquids to nasal sprays!