HELPING YOU THROUGH THE HAYFEVER SEASON
WHAT IS HAYFEVER
Hayfever is an allergy. It is a response to a specific seasonal allergen such as grass or tree pollen which triggers the release of chemicals (histamine) by the body. It is the histamine that causes hayfever symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes.
Time your trips well if possible – check the pollen count on the weather forecast and remember that levels tend to be highest in the early morning and the evening. If you can stay inside with the windows shut at these times it will help.
WASH YOUR HAIR
Don’t forget about your hair! Pollen can stick to hair and clothes if you’re outside. Make sure you wash your hair when you come in at the end of the day and shake outdoor clothes off well before you get inside to avoid bringing pollen into the house.
USE EYE DROPS
Eye drops can be a fast and an effective way of specifically treating the eye symptoms of hayfever. They can be used with other hayfever treatments such as antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays or on their own. If your eyes are feeling itchy, red, sore or watery, use an eye drop which contains sodium cromoglicate. This helps to reduce the body’s response to the hayfever allergy and provides relief from itching and reduces redness. If you use at the first signs of the eye symptoms of hayfever this helps improve their effectiveness. It is best to use the eye drop regularly when you have hayfever eyes (usually 4 times a day please read the leaflet for full dosing information). And if you wear contact lenses, just wait 15 minutes after you’ve applied the drops before you put your lenses in.
During nice weather it is likely you may hang out your washing but pollen can land on clothing and sheets meaning you could unwittingly be bringing pollen back into your house. Keep the washing indoors if the pollen count is high.
DRIVING IN THE CAR
When driving through open countryside on a bright sunny day, try not to drive with your windows down. Keep the air con on and re-circulate the air in the car to avoid pollen getting in and irritating your symptoms.
Our experts, Dr Sarah Jarvis and Optometris Francesca Marchetti share their top tips to help you tackle hayfever symptoms and enjoy the Springtime: Please note, they are not endorsing brands.
WHAT CAN YOU USE?Murine one of the UK’s most popular and well-established eye care brands offers a prescription strength solution, available at Superdrug, Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado, Lloyds, Rowlands and many local independent pharmacies, providing real relief and treatment for the eye symptoms of hayfever.
Murine Hayfever Relief Eye Drops contain Sodium Cromoglicate which reduces the body’s response to the allergy by helping to stop the production of histamines and in turn treats the symptoms such as itchy, red and watery eyes.RRP £4.99 for 10ml. Always read the label.