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