Hay Fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, usually 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

The best way to treat an allergy is to identify the allergic triggers and to avoid them as best. It is not always practical to avoid all triggers and patients may need medication to relieve symptoms.

Our pharmacists can advise you on the best treatments suited to your needs.

Antihistamines provide quick relief for symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itchy throat. They are available over the counter, in many forms to suit a patient’s individual needs. For example, Cetrine, offers a convenient once-a-day dose to alleviate all the symptoms of Hay Fever for adults and children over 6 years. Cetrine solution is a convenient liquid formulation suitable for children and those who cannot swallow tablets.

Be it Nasal Sprays which creates a protective lining in the nasal passages which blocks allergen contact, or Decongestant sprays to relieve stuffy or blocked noses. Common examples include Sudafed and Otrivine nasal sprays.

Preventing Hay Fever

If you have hay fever, you should start using them a couple of weeks before the hay fever season starts. Eye drops, nasal sprays and nose drops are all available.