Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen – a fine powder that comes from male plants or male plant parts.
Our allergy care at Holland & Barrett come in a variety of formats - from hayfever tablets to nasal sprays, our allergy care is of the highest quality and treat different types of allergies from grass and tree pollen to dust and animals. Many of our hayfever tablets are non drowsy and naturally relieve sneezing and itchy eyes, nose and throat.
Typical symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, a blocked or runny nose, and itchy, red, and watery eyes.
You can also get an itchy throat. Basically, your whole head can feel utterly irritable!
Unfortunately, hay fever can last for weeks or months. Which is significantly longer than the average cold, which will go away after one or two weeks.
A great trick is to put waxy or sticky products (such as lip salve) around the bottom of your nostrils to trap pollen and avoid breathing so much in.
Likewise, you can wear sunglasses to minimise how much pollen gets in your eyes.
You can stay inside, away from the pollen, or failing that, you can also shower (and wash your hair) plus change your clothes after going back outside, to get rid of any pollen.
Pets may also carry pollen indoors, and fresh flowers in the house are an obvious no-no.
You will want to keep your windows and doors shut, and vacuum, dust with a damp cloth, and clean more regularly during the hay fever season.
There are also pollen filters that you can get for your car’s air vents.
Once you have symptoms, be sure to avoid smoke, as it makes them worse.
You can use nasal sprays - this is a medical device for the relief of hayfever, allergies and allergic rhinitis.