Hayfever isn’t a serious condition, but its symptoms can be very bothersome. Itchy, red eyes, a runny nose and sneezing can be really irritating as you go about your daily life.
The condition is a common allergic reaction to pollen; the fine powder released by plants to pollinate.
Histamine is part of the body’s defense system and releases itself when it perceives a threat. It overreacts when it recognises harmless pollen in your body, and starts to help extract the allergen from your body, which causes the symptoms of sneezing, coughing and runny, itchy eyes.
Although there’s no cure as such, the good news is that it can be treated. Antihistamine is a medication available over the counter at your local pharmacy, and this drug stops the histamine from doing its job when it’s taken before being exposed to pollen.
You can also try the 4 tips below to help banish your symptoms:
- The eyes can be particularly sensitive to the effects of pollen. By wearing wraparound sunglasses, this will stop the pollen reaching your eyes.
- After spending time outside; shower, wash your hair and change your clothes.
- Take antihistamines. They are available in many forms including liquids and tablets and there are various types; you can discuss what’s best for you with your pharmacist. If your eyes are particularly bad, ask for eye drops.
- Check the pollen count. It can be helpful to know ahead of your plans if the pollen count will be high.