Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is commonly caused by inhaling environmental allergens such as pollens from trees, plants and grasses, mould spores, dust mites and animal dander. It is an allergic reaction affecting the nose, throat and eyes.
It commonly occurs in spring and summer when airborne pollens are at their peak. It can however occur at any time of the year, particularly if the reaction is due to allergens around the home, or workplace. A doctor can arrange an allergy skin prick test to help identify the cause.
Often people with hay fever/ allergic rhinitis also suffer from other allergy related conditions, such as asthma, eczema or hives.
Hay fever symptoms include:
- A runny or stuffy nose, and sometimes pain and pressure around the cheeks, eyes and forehead
- Puffy, red, watery and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose, ears, mouth or throat
- Post-nasal drip (causing mucous in the throat and cough)
- Decreased sense of taste and smell
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Headaches , fatigue, feeling run-down and irritable
There are a variety of non-prescription medicines that can help relieve and prevent the symptoms of hay fever. Ask one of our pharmacists for advice and the best treatment for you.
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