Spring is in the air but so too is the pollen which for some people can bring weeks or months of misery this time of the year. Hay fever is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to pollen. In March and April this is usually tree pollen but later in the year a whole variety of pollens are around including grass pollens to which many are allergic. The common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy red eyes and feeling generally unwell. Happily there are lots of effective treatments available now and we are happy to discuss and prescribe these for you.
Some general tips for those with only mild symptoms are as follows
- Stay indoors and shut the windows when pollen counts are high
- Avoid cutting the grass, camping and exposure to large areas of grass if you are sensitive to grass pollen
- Wrap around sun glasses can help keep pollen out of your eyes
- When driving, keep your car windows closed and consider buying a pollen filter for your air vents