Hay Fever Treatments

The following medicines are licensed, safe and effective hay fever treatments available in the UK.

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Nasal Sprays

About Hay Fever

What is Hay Fever?

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, affects one in four people in the UK and is mainly caused by grass pollen. It happens when your body makes antibodies in response to certain triggers, such as pollen.

Hay fever is a rather misleading term in that the cause is not hay and there is usually no fever present, it is an allergic reaction to airborne substances such as pollen.

It was named hay fever because It was originally thought that freshly cut hay was the cause of this illness as described in 1819 by an English doctor, John Bostock.

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How common is Hay Fever?

The charity Allergy UK estimates that nearly 18 million people have hay fever in the UK. Hay Fever is an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are irritated & inflamed, causing symptoms such as running at the nose and watery eyes.

Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life.

Grass pollen is the most common cause and tends to affect people every year in the grass pollen season from about May to July. Allergies are also caused by other pollens such as tree pollens and weed pollens which can affect people spring to autumn.

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Causes of Hay Fever

The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen.

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle.

Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

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Symptoms of Hay Fever

Common symptoms include:

  • 1) Frequent sneezing
  • 2)┬áRunny or blocked nose
  • 3) Itchy red, watery eyes

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Available treatments

Available treatments for Hay Fever prevention:

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Lifestyle advice

Help manage your hay fever by:

  • 1) Avoidance of the allergic trigger (pollens, moulds, house dust mite etc.)
  • 2) Wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you are outdoors
  • 3) Change your clothes and take a shower after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body. Try to stay indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50)

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