We know patients are struggling with the high pollen count.
There are lots of self care treatments you can try without needing a consultation or prescription from the surgery.
Antihistamines are cheap and fast-acting. They come as tablets, liquid, or a nasal spray, and should take just an hour or so to work.
Antihistamines help to ease hay fever symptoms and so reduce the risk of pollen allergy triggering your asthma.
Antihistamines are useful if you have mild hay fever symptoms that come and go.
Your pharmacist can help you find the right antihistamine for you.
Steroid nasal sprays unblock your nose. They probably work the best out of all the hay fever treatments. But it can take some time to feel the benefits, so don’t expect to see immediate results.
Nasal sprays use tiny amounts of steroids to reduce the swelling in your nose so you can breathe more easily.
Breathing through your nose rather than your mouth moistens and filters the air, so it’s less likely to irritate your sensitive airways.
Steroid nasal sprays can also help reduce sneezing, itching, a runny nose and itchy eyes.
You need to make sure you take your nasal spray correctly or it won’t work.
You should notice the most effect from your nasal spray after two weeks.
If you know when your hay fever usually begins, start using a steroid nasal spray about two weeks before.
This means the nasal spray will be working most effectively when you start to get hay fever symptoms, so you can get the benefits straight away. If you don’t think it’s working, see your GP or ANP
Eye drops can help to soothe itchy, runny eyes. Some steroid nasal sprays do this job too, so you may not need both.
Speak to your ANP / GP if your hay fever isn’t improving with the above.