Hay Fever Hell

Editor Natasha Nkantu

Up to 1 in 5 people will experience hay fever at some point in their life.

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and fungal spores. The immune system rejects these allergens causing sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat. House dust mite, pet hair and moulds are also other allergens that we can react to.

There is no cure for hay fever, however there are preventative measures that you can take:

  • Over the counter allergy relief tablets (for more information contact your GP)
  • Take a shower or change your clothing after being outdoor
  • Apply a small amount of Vaseline around your nose to trap pollen grains
  • Stay indoors and close windows when the pollen count is high
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to avoid pollen getting into your eyes



Your local GP will be able to examine you to confirm how mild or severe your hay fever symptoms are and will prescribe you a nasal spray, eye drops, tablets or antihistamines depending on your condition.

Hay fever is not pleasant and can be draining, but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the outdoors.  By protecting and arming yourself with the right medication, hay fever can be kept at bay.

For further information visit:

NHS Direct




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