Hayfever

What is hayfever? (click to close)

Hayfever is a condition which affects 400,000 Irish people each summer. Hayfever sufferers experience a wide range of symptoms from sneezing and runny nose to itchy eyes and grogginess.

What causes hayfever? (click to close)

Hayfever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The most common pollen causing hayfever for Irish people is grass pollen which reaches its highest levels during late May, June and July. Some hayfever sufferers can be allergic to tree pollen and may experience symptoms as early as mid April.

What are the symptoms of hayfever? (click to close)

When the pollen gets into the eyes and nose of a hayfever sufferer it causes the surface of the eye and the lining of the nose to become inflamed. This inflammation causes a range of symptoms:

Nasal Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sinus pain

Eye Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Itching

Many hayfever sufferers also feel tired or groggy when their hayfever flares up.

What is the best treatment for hayfever? (click to close)

There are many things a hayfever sufferer can do to help reduce their symptoms:

  • Check pollen counts each day during the summer. Listen out for weather reports which will often incorporate a warning if the pollen count is high that day.
  • If the pollen count is high then try to remain indoors during the late afternoon/early evening when pollen levels will be at their highest.
  • Do not hang out washing when pollen counts are high as the pollen will stick to the damp clothes.
  • Wear a hat or cap when outdoors to prevent pollen gathering in the hair
  • Damp dust and vacuum bedrooms frequently during the summer.
  • Avoid freshly mowed grass, picking fruit or flowers.
  • If your hayfever symptoms flare up, shower and change your clothes as you will probably have lots of pollen on your clothes, in your hair and on your face.

There is a range of very effective over the counter remedies available from your local Haven Pharmacy to help treat hayfever. Please speak to one of our specially trained hayfever advisers or ask your Haven pharmacist if you would like advice on which treatment is best suited for your needs.

Haven Health Tip! (click to close)

Wear close fitting sunglasses and rub some Vaseline inside your nostrils to stop the pollen getting into your eyes and nose.
Find out more about hayfever from your local Haven Pharmacist.