Hay fever is a recurring problem every Spring and Summer, and is a common allergic condition affecting people in the UK.
Hay fever can be distressful if not managed. Complications include: impaired school and work performance, disturbed sleep, reduced concentration, possible development of asthma, sinusitis.
Hay fever is a reaction to pollens, and the timing of symptoms will be dependent on which particular pollen you are allergic to.
|Tree pollens||Early to late Spring|
|Grass pollens||Late Spring to early Summer|
|Weed pollens||Early Spring to early Autumn|
|House dust mites||Symptoms can be present all year round, but may peak in Autumn and Spring|
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
Your Pharmacist can help with hay fever and speaking to them about your symptoms will enable them to give advice and suggest the best treatments. Some over the counter examples:
This list is not exhaustive; there are many treatments and brands available. Please consult your Pharmacist and always read the label.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, please speak to your GP: