Every year over 10 million people in England suffer from hay fever. It can lead to sneezing, a blocked nose, itchy and watery eyes and coughing.
It’s not nice and often irritating, but do you know what to do or where to go when you’re after some help?
Often the best way to treat hay fever is to buy medication over the counter at your local pharmacy. Pharmacists go through five years of training before becoming qualified and they are a quick, easy way to get advice for minor illnesses. Most have a private consultation area and you don’t need to make an appointment.
We usually get hay fever because we are allergic to pollen. Throughout the year, but especially in spring, there can be lots of tiny pollen substances in the air. When this happens, we are much more likely to experience hay fever. We’re also more likely to suffer from hay fever if we have a family history of allergies, asthma or eczema.
Antihistamines are a common form of medication for treating hay fever, but your pharmacist will be able to give you free advice about what’s best for you.
For those times when you are worried about you or your child’s hay fever, you can also telephone NHS 111. This is the free number to call when you need urgent medical advice and it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dr Sarah Schofield, local GP and Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:
“It’s coming up to that time of year. Spring is on its way and hay fever season will be upon us. Hay fever is unpleasant but fortunately advice is available over the counter at your local pharmacy. Pharmacists have five years of training and most have private consultation rooms, which you do not need an appointment for.
“Services like your local pharmacy and NHS 111 are always here for you in Hampshire when you need medical advice.”
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