Managing Hayfever 

Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.

Symptoms of hay fever include:

  • sneezing and coughing
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes
  • itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • loss of smell
  • pain around your temples and forehead
  • headache
  • earache
  • feeling tired

If you have asthma, you might also:

  • have a tight feeling in your chest
  • be short of breath       

Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.


How to treat hay fever yourself:

There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.


  • monitor pollen forecasts daily and stay indoors wherever possible when the count is high (generally on warmer, dry days). Rain washes pollen from the air so counts should be lower on cooler, wet days
  • apply an effective allergen barrier balm (or use Vaseline) around the edge of each nostril to trap or block pollens and other allergens and help prevent a reaction
  • wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • on high pollen days, shower and wash your hair after arriving home and change your clothing
  • keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter


  • cut grass or walk on grass
  • spend too much time outside
  • keep fresh flowers in the house
  • smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
  • avoid drying washing on a clothes-line outside when pollen counts are high
  • let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors

Allergy UK has more tips on managing hay fever.


Monitoring the pollen forecast:- 

There are number of ways of monitoring the pollen forecast including online websites, apps that can be used on portable electronic devices, by listening to weather forecasts on the television or radio during the spring/summer.


A pharmacist can help with hay fever

Speak to your pharmacist if you have hay fever.

Most treatments for hay fever can be bought from the pharmacy with no prescription needed.

The pharmacist can give advice and suggest the best treatments:

  • antihistamine tablets or liquid
  • nasal sprays
  • eye drops

These can help relieve itchy and watery eyes and sneezing and a blocked nose

Speak to a GP if:

  • your symptoms don’t improve after taking medicines from the pharmacy
  • your symptoms are getting worse
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Published: Jul 8, 2021