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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group
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Keep on top of hay fever this summer

Allergies
Most of us look forward to the summer and the chance to get out and about enjoying the warm, sunny weather.

But if you’ve had hay fever in the past then you’ll know the perils of grass pollen. Symptoms include runny eyes and nose, sneezing and itchiness.

Hay fever affects one in five people at some point in their lives. The good news is that most people report their symptoms improving as they get older with up to 20% saying their symptoms have gone away completely. The not so good news is, hay fever can affect anyone at any age.

So, what should you do if you start to show symptoms?  Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Wyre Forest CCG explains: “First of all, the symptoms of hay fever can be really unpleasant.  It usually develops in childhood, more so in those with a history of asthma or eczema in their families.

“The best way to control hay fever is with antihistamines. Starting to take them now so they get into your system will really be of benefit. If you’ve any questions, remember the pharmacist can help you decide which are best for you, particularly if you’re already on medication.
“There are some other ways you can help yourself too. Wearing wraparound sunglasses when outdoors can protect eyes. Taking a shower and changing clothes after being outdoors will stop you spreading pollen through your home. Keeping an eye on the weather forecasts and staying indoors if the pollen count is high. Finally, a small amount of petroleum jelly in the nose helps trap pollen grains.”

For more information on managing hay fever visit www.nhs.uk.

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