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Hay Fever and other allergies are now restricted items

Did you know you don’t need to see your GP for hay fever treatment and they will no longer routinely prescribe tablets, eye drops or nasal sprays for Hay Fever. Hay fever and seasonal allergy treatments such as tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays are all easily available at low cost from your local pharmacy – no prescription from your GP required.  

Antihistamines are medicines often used to relieve symptoms of allergies, including hay fever, and can easily be bought at low cost from local pharmacies or supermarkets.

For more information about treating allergies or to find your nearest pharmacy and opening times visit www.nhs.uk

Top tips to help ease hay fever symptoms: 

  • 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
  • buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter

What is hay fever and what causes it?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.

Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, 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
  • pain around your temples and forehead
  • headache
  • earache
  • feeling tired

If you have asthma, you might also: 

  • have a tight feeling in your chest
  • be short of breath
  • wheeze and cough 
  • While symptoms of hay fever may be mild, they can interfere with your sleep and your daily activities at school or work.  You should see a GP if:
    • your symptoms are getting worse
    • your symptoms don’t improve after taking medicines from the pharmacy

Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.

Most cases of hay fever can be treated using medication from a pharmacy or supermarket.

Antihistamines are medicines often used to relieve symptoms of allergies, including hay fever, and can easily be bought at low cost from local pharmacies or supermarkets.

The warmer weather often means that we spend more time getting out and about. That’s why it is even more important to make sure you stock up on some summer self-care essentials in case you need them. Information on key first aid essentials, which are easily available to buy at local pharmacies or supermarkets, can be found at the following links:

 

 

 

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