Hay fever can often be controlled using over-the-counter medication from your pharmacist.
Speak to your GP if:
your symptoms are getting worse
your symptoms do not improve after taking medicines from the pharmacy
you're experiencing persistent complications of hay fever, such as worsening asthma or repeated episodes of sinusitis
For severe and persistent hay fever, there's also a type of treatment called immunotherapy. It involves being exposed to small amounts of pollen over time. This builds resistance to pollen's allergic effects. But it can take many months or even years to work.
You can get hay fever at any age. But it usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years. It's more common in boys than girls. In adults, men and women are equally affected
You're more likely to develop hay fever if you have a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema.
It's sometimes possible to prevent the symptoms of hay fever by taking some basic precautions.
wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you're outdoors
take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body
stay indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50 grains per cubic metre of air)
apply a small amount of Vaseline (petroleum gel) to the nostrils to trap pollen
Hay fever doesn't pose a serious threat to health. But it can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Very severe hay fever may disrupt your productivity at school or work.