As it seems we are set to continue enjoying this sunny weather, hay fever could cause misery for numerous sufferers across Ireland.
Hay fever season causes painful symptoms to over 950,000 people in Ireland each year.
Warmer weather can lead to higher pollen levels and this can trigger watery eyes, sneezing, itching in the throat, eyes and ears, headaches, a blocked nose and swelling around the eyes in those affected by hay fever.
According to the experts in Met Éireann, pollen season is expected to kick off in Ireland in the first weeks of June, particularly in the south-east.
Boots pharmacists across Ireland are on hand to provide helpful information and solutions to hay fever sufferers on how to best protect, treat and relieve their hay fever symptoms before the pollen season hits.
Susan O’Dwyer, Boots pharmacist said, “hay fever can be quite a distressing condition for many people, particularly children. The good news is that when symptoms are managed properly and well in advance of the pollen count rising, people with hay fever can enjoy their summer just like everyone else, said Ms O’Dwyer who offered some helpful tips below.
“We’re encouraging people to equip themselves with the best advice and solutions available, by speaking to their local Boots pharmacist today.”
Helpful tips this pollen season
Stay on top of pollen by vacuuming and damp dusting to stop pollen settling and spreading
Use an allergy barrier to get on top of hay fever before it begins
Try rubbing a small amount of petroleum jelly inside your lower nostril to stop pollen entering the nasal passage
Reduce airborne allergens at home and use a humidifier, as moist air will catch particles
If you’ve been out and about, change your clothes and even shower to remove pollen and avoid spreading it
A pair of wraparound sunglasses is great way to keep pollen out of your eyes
If you’re driving keep your windows up and switch your air to circulate
Consider using an anti-inflammatory nasal spray
If your eyes are affected by hay fever, eye drops can help soothe them
Anti-histamines have different ingredients, if one tablet isn’t working for you, consider swapping to another type.