It’s summer and hay fever season is in full swing. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction to pollen and symptoms include sneezing and coughing; a runny or blocked nose; itchy, red or watery eyes; an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears; pain around your temples and forehead; headache; earache and feeling tired. People with asthma can experience additional symptoms.
The NHS suggests that the best way to prevent hay fever symptoms is to stay indoors whenever possible when the count is high. They also advise taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body and wearing wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes. If symptoms are still experienced, the most common treatment is to use oral antihistamines to try and control the allergic reaction, or corticosteroids to deal with the inflammation.
Ashtons can provide a full range of allergy treatments.