The NHS estimates that one in five people in the UK suffers from hay fever, equating to over 10 million Britons. What’s more, a hay fever Health Report has suggested that the problem could become even more commonplace, with hay fever rates potentially tripling by 2030, meaning that over half of us would be affected by the tell-tale symptoms of sneezing fits, runny noses and itchy eyes.
So, if you’re one of the millions of hay fever sufferers across the UK, what can you do to make sure pesky pollen does not get in the way of you enjoying the summer ahead? Here are Pharmacy Outlet’s top tips…
- Finding the right anti-histamine
Of course, there is a wide variety of hay fever treatments available today – but which anti-histamine should you choose? Some medicines are better than others, and some will work better for one person than they will for another – consult your pharmacist, GP or doctor for their advice on the matter.
- Make sure you’re never without your medicine
During the summer months, when hay fever treatments are taken with greater regularity, it is easy to find yourself quickly running out of medicine. Whether it is a prescription treatment or an off-the-shelf product, it is vital that you are never without the medication you need; the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an easy, online tool for effortlessly re-ordering your prescriptions, while online pharmacies can deliver your desired hay fever products direct to you with just a few clicks – Pharmacy Outlet can do both!
- Taking your medicine correctly
Importantly, getting your hands on the right medicine is only part of the battle – you must also take your medicine correctly. And when it comes to nasal sprays, hay fever sufferers are often making some common mistakes. This is how it should be done:
1) Start by blowing your nose
2) Tilt your head forwards and look at your toes
3) Aim the spray straight up your nostril, taking care to avoid the septum (the part separating the left and right nostril)
4) Inhale the mist gently – do not sniff or swallow the spray, allow it to coat the inside of your nose
- Wash your clothes, hair and hands as often as you can
When returning home, an easy way to combat hay fever symptoms is to change and wash your clothes as regularly as you can. Pollen will inevitably stick to the clothes you wear when out and about, meaning you bring the problem into the home – getting changed into clean clothes and washing your worn items can help tackle this issue. Likewise, washing your hair and hands after a day outside can also ensure you aren’t brining unwanted pollen into the house.
- Trade in the city for the beach
Contrary to popular belief, urban environments can often be worse for hay fever sufferers than the countryside. Better yet, coastal regions with clean sea air can often be the best places to escape the dreaded pollen – something to bear in mind when planning any days out this summer!