Hay Fever Season

Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is common in spring as it is often caused by an allergic reaction to grass and sea pollens. For many people who suffer from hay fever, spring time is a menace. It can affect 1 in 5 people and is common in both adults and children. You can also have an allergy to dust mites, moulds and animal fur, hair or feathers, which can occur all year round. So if you have the following symptoms:

  1. Sneezing
  2. A runny or stuffy nose
  3. Itchy, red watery eyes
  4. Itchy ears, nose or throat
  5. Headaches

There is a good chance you have hay fever. Other effects are poor concentration, feeling unwell and tired. Reducing symptoms:

  • Try and stay indoors on high pollen count days (usually windy and sunny days)
  • Reduce exposure by checking your garden for plants that may cause you problems and remove them


  • Seek medical attention from your GP if symptoms are affecting you
  1. Nasal sprays which treat allergic rhinitis
  2. Antihistamine medications – non sedating
  3. Eye drops which help relieve the itch and watery, swollen eyes.