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Everything you need to know about hay fever as millions suffer from the seasonal symptoms

Margaret Kelman, a specialist nurse with medical charity Allergy UK, explains why hay fever is so bad this year and offers some advice on how to treat the condition

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Hay fever causes millions of sneezers with itchy and swollen eyes

Around 37 per cent of people have had hay fever for the first time since 2017, according to a study by Allergy UK.

But why is the seasonal illness – which has millions sneezing while their eyes are itchy and swollen – so rampant this year? And what can you do about it?

Margaret Kelman, a specialist nurse with medical charity Allergy UK, answers your questions.

Why is hay fever so bad this year?

We have had a very mild winter. If you have these, the seasons afterward are generally mild.

This changes vegetation patterns and speeds up the growth process, giving you longer and more intense pollen seasons.







Sedative antihistamines usually work very quickly, but only last about four to six hours
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What medications are good to take?

Sedative antihistamines usually work very quickly, but only last about four to six hours.

So their effectiveness wears off quickly and they affect concentration. If you are taking other medications, you should consult your pharmacist first.

What other methods are effective in treating the condition?

Nasal irrigation helps people whose hay fever gets worse at the end of the day. You simply squirt a saline solution up your nose and it acts as a washout for the pollen.

Also, applying lip balm to your nostrils and under your eyes can help block pollen when you’re out.

What can you wear to counteract the symptoms?

Due to the pandemic we are all now used to wearing face masks and these can help with your hay fever.

The material acts as a barrier to pollen inhalation.

But you can also humidify the air you breathe, which means the humidity reduces irritation.

Sunglasses and a brimmed hat will help keep pollen from getting on your face in the first place.

What should you do when you come home from outside?

The thing you have to do when coming in from outside is to take off your outer layer of clothing.

In the evening, be sure to shower or bathe, especially wash your hair, to get rid of the pollen. If you have pets, you should also wipe them down with a damp cloth.

Be sure to keep the windows closed at home while you’re out and don’t dry your clothes outside.

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