Summer Sniffles

hay fever

With the onset of the warmer weather and summer holidays, hay fever (allergic rhinitis) can be a problem which affects up to 1 in 4 of the population. Although not serious it can have a debilitating affect on anyone who suffers from this allergy to pollen.

Symptoms include
  • runny nose
  • watery eyes
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • feeling tired

It’s sometimes possible to prevent the symptoms of hay fever by taking some basic precautions:

  • wear sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you’re outdoors
  • take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body
  • stay indoors when theĀ pollen forecast is high (over 50 grains per cubic metre of air)
  • apply a small amount of Vaseline (petroleum gel) to the nasal openings to trap pollen grains

However during the summer months, when you spend a lot more time outdoors, it can be difficult to avoid pollen altogether.


There are many over the counter products available to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever, including anti-histamine tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops. We can easily advise which of these options would be the most suitable. If you are exempt from the NHS prescription charge then we can supply a range of treatments for hay fever under the Pharmacy Plus clinic scheme.

Lots more information can be found at the links below

Allergy UK

Asthma UK