Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Hay fever symptoms mostly affect your nose, but can also affect your eyes, skin, and the roof of your mouth. Hay fever can last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks. Hay fever is usually at its worst between Spring until late Summer, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
• sneezing and coughing
• a runny or blocked nose
• itchy, red or watery eyes
• itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
• loss of smell
• feeling tired
If you have asthma, you might also:
• have a tight feeling in your chest
• be short of breath
• wheeze and cough
Many people with asthma suffer from hay fever, whether seasonally or all year round. It's not uncommon for uncontrolled hay fever to lead to an increase in asthma symptoms and as such, managing your hay fever is a key part of controlling your asthma.
Speak to your Life pharmacist if you have hay fever. They can give advice and suggest the best treatments for you.