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Hayfever and itchy eyes – What to do?

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06
Jun
2013

Hayfever and itchy eyes - What to do?

Finally we have a warm week and it feels like summer is here. But for more than 15,000,000 people in the UK suffering with hay fever it’s all about sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. To help those of you suffering in the sun, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for battling those itchy eyes:

· Firstly, the pollen count is usually at its highest early in the morning and again in the evenings. You can download a free NHS pollen count app to keep informed. Stay indoors with windows closed if possible. Make sure that your car’s air conditioning is fitted with a pollen filter too.

· It’s been proven that pollen can also stick to your hair and clothing, so give your outdoor clothes a really good shake when you come back home (and before you go through the door!), and wash your hair regularly.

· To protect your eyes from pollen, and also harmful UV rays, a pair of wrap around style sunglasses can come in handy.

· To reduce symptoms, take a daily non-sedating anti-histamine tablet. You can also get a steroid nasal spray from your doctor to prevent inflammation in the nasal passages. Rubbing Vaseline at the entrance to your nostrils can also help to trap pollen.

· Ask your GP for a prescription for anti-inflammatory eye drops to beat the itchy eyes and reduce streaming. A steroid tablet can also be prescribed for more severe symptoms.

· Remember that your lifestyle can also affect how severe your hay fever symptoms are. So eat well, sleep and exercise more, cut down on alcohol and reduce your stress level.

By: Hannah Howard

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