Helping sufferers of hay fever

A bout 15 to 30 per cent of the UK population suffers from hay fever and there has been a definite increase in the number of moderate to severe hay fever
sufferers, with sufferers experiencing more frequent and longer seasons.

And now that the government has announced its plans for the easing of lockdown, community pharmacists can expect to see many more of their patients presenting
with more severe symptoms than usual, as there will be more opportunities to spend time outside and be exposed to higher levels of pollen.

Symptoms

Common symptoms include sneezing, a runny stuffed up nose, itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and a general stuffed up feeling in the nose and throat.

Some experience itching around the face and mouth, with an itchy palette, and burning sensation in the throat. Headaches and wheezing can also occur, as well
as an overall achy feeling, or build-up of pressure in the facial area. The sinus area can become painful and constant nose blowing can leave sufferers with skin
irritation. This can lead to tiredness and affect sleep, which in turn reduces energy.