Hayfever is an allergy to pollen and is very common.
Symptoms of hayfever are sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.
There is currently no cure for hayfever but it can be well managed.
Antihistamines can help prevent the symptoms and can be bought over-the-counter in pharmacies and are very effective. Other products such as eye drops and nasal sprays can also be bought over-the-counter so if you are experiencing symptoms of hayfever, speak to your pharmacist who can advise you.
Other tips for reducing the symtoms of hayfever are:
- wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you're outdoors
- Taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body
- Staying indoors when the pollen count is high
- Applying a small amount of Vaseline to the nasal openings to trap pollen grains
Most people with hayfever do not need to see a doctor as a prescription is not needed for antihistamines. However it is advisable to see a doctor if symptoms are not settling with over-the-counter treatments.
For more information on fevers in children visit the NHS choices website by clicking the link below:
Content adapted from NHS Choices