Allergy Awareness – Hay fever

Allergy UK’s National Allergy Week takes place around this time each year to increase awareness of the largely unrecognised issues that face allergy sufferers every day. But all too often people don’t just suffer from one allergy. In fact 10 million adults have two or more allergies meaning a reaction can be triggered by many different sources. National Allergy Week is designed to help allergy sufferers understand the triggers of the most common allergies and provide techniques to help manage their individual condition.

While some of us celebrate the spring season, allergy sufferers across the UK dread the spring as it also brings the pollen and along with it, the discomfort of hay fever.

Signs and Symptoms of hay fever

Whilst the signs and symptoms can be different for each individual, the most common ones are:

  • Runny and / or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red, watery eyes (also known as allergic conjunctivitis)
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

The less common signs and symptoms are:

  • The loss of your sense of smell
  • Facial pain caused by blocked sinuses
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Tiredness and fatigue
Hayfever and Asthma

Hayfever can also trigger Asthma in known and unknown sufferers. Keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Tight chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

Hayfever can be a lot worse if the pollen count is high. There are many websites that can keep you up to date and if you have a smart phone you can even download an app.

 

When to seek medical attention?

Most cases of hay fever can be treated with over the counter medication from your local Pharmacist but if these aren’t helping then consult your GP. If the casualty is having breathing difficulties call 999 / 112.

 

For more information and advice you can contact Allergy UK through their helpline on 01322 619898 or you can visit their website to download fact sheets on all aspects of allergy.

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