Not sure about you but this past couple of weeks I’ve really been suffering with itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. It usually affects me much earlier in the year but I’ve managed to avoid it until now!
Around 13 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever. This can include an allergy to tree pollen, grass pollen or weed pollen. There are around 30 different types of pollen which can cause allergies for us sufferers. The pollen season will depend on the weather but can start as early as January and end in November!
Itchy eyes are just the worst thing. Symptoms can last for a few days or few weeks and make it difficult for a sufferer to go about their daily life. One of the best ways to soothe red, itchy eyes is by using eye drops which are available from your local optician or pharmacist. Opticrom is also very good at preventing the release of inflammatory chemicals such as histamine in the eyes.
Antihistamine tablets can also provide relief from hay fever symptoms including itchy and uncomfortable eyes. Regular use of antihistamines can cause dry eyes in some people.
Hay fever can also be uncomfortable for those using contact lenses. If you do suffer then it might be better to use daily disposables so you get rid of the pollen at the end of each day. You might also want to try using eye drops. Again see your optician or pharmacist for advice.
Wearing wraparound sunglasses when you go outside is also a good idea. This prevents pollen from reaching the eyes and is often a very effective preventative measure. You can also put a small amount of vaseline on your nasal openings to stop pollen entering.
It is advised to shower and change your clothes when you go inside. This will remove pollen from your body. You can also try and stay indoors when the pollen count is really high. Vacuum the house regularly and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter if you can.
Avoid having fresh flowers in the house as they won’t help. Keep the doors and windows closed at home and keep the windows closed in your car when travelling. Don’t walk in long grass and get someone else to mow the lawn.
Remember you can speak with your optician and pharmacist and if it gets really bad then go and see your GP.