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
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.