Hayfever

Hayfever Symptons

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

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.

 

More Information

For more information on fevers in children visit the NHS choices website by clicking the link below:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/hay-fever/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

Content adapted from NHS Choices