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If you’re allergic to pollen, a fine powder from plants, chances are you have hay fever.

People often suffer from hay fever in spring when the pollen count is high. Here’s what to check for:

Symptoms

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around your temples and forehead
  • Feeling tired

 

Treat it

Unfortunately there’s no cure for hay fever, but the good news is you can do things to ease it. Try these:

  • Apply some petroleum jelly around your nostrils to trap pollen.
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes.
  • Shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off.
  • Stay indoors whenever possible.
  • Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible.
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth.

 

Also chat to your pharmacist for advice on treatments like antihistamine drops, nasal sprays or tablets.

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