Itchy eyes and runny nose? How to help manage your hayfever symptoms
18 April 2019

As we finally emerge from our winter cocoons and move into spring and summer, many of us can experience symptoms such as a runny nose and itchy eyes.

Often the change in season and warmer weather brings on hayfever for many people.

However NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is sharing steps you can take quickly and easily to manage your symptoms without the need to see a GP.

Simon Cooper, deputy director for medicines optimisation for the CCG, said: “Typically around this time of year people start to feel the effects of hayfever, which can range from sneezing, having a runny or blocked nose and itchy or streaming eyes.

“Those who suffer from hayfever regularly are advised to take their antihistamines before the start of the season or as soon as they start experiencing symptoms. Normally you would take one-a-day and these can be bought without a prescription over the counter.

“For those who don’t usually experience it but are this time round, the advice is to visit your local pharmacist, who can offer advice on medication that is available over the counter to relieve the symptoms.”

Hayfever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat.

Here are some tips to reduce the affect:

  • put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • shower and change your clothes after you've been outside to wash pollen off
  • stay indoors whenever possible
  • keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • washing hands regularly
  • buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air filter

 For more information on allergies, visit the NHS website or Allergy UK.

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