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Check the pollen forecastBy checking the pollen forecast on Klara, you can plan your barbecue for a day when you won't be annoyed by sneezing.
It’s a beautiful day, but you’re feeling rotten: your eyes are watering, you can’t stop sniffling, and the sunshine is making your head hurt. Are these just the symptoms of a late spring cold? Or are you suffering from hay fever, one of the most common allergies in the UK?
Half of UK allergy sufferers are affected by hay fever - an allergic inflammation of the nasal passages which is triggered by pollen, released into the air by grass, trees, weeds or flowering plants. Pollen allergy symptoms are usually worst in the spring and summer because of high seasonal pollen levels, although some people are still impacted into the autumn.
There are three ways of managing allergy symptoms:
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AntihistaminesThere are a number of antihistamines available to help relieve your hay fever symptoms. Some make you drowsy and some don't.
Practical tips for keeping allergens at bay
LINK HERE TO AVOIDING ALLERGENS PAGE
An overview of over-the-counter remedies
LINK HERE TO SYMPTOM RELIEVER PAGE
Talking to a doctor about the alternatives
LINK HERE TO SPECIALIST TREATMENT PAGE
Pollen allergy happens because your body identifies pollen as something harmful. Even though pollen is not dangerous, your body will overreact every time you are exposed to pollen in the air. It is not fully understood why some people develop allergy to non-harmful pollens, but inheritance plays a role, and allergy often runs in families. Pollen allergy symptoms can disrupt your sleep, making you feel extremely tired during the day. There is a well-documented link between hay fever and poor exam performance, while for adults, concentration levels and productivity at work may decrease.
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Keep track of pollen levels near you. Download Klara here.
If your allergy symptoms are taking their toll and interfering with your daily life, it is important that you seek help by consulting your doctor or an allergy specialist. Untreated allergy affecting the nose and eyes could develop into asthma. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment is important to decrease the impact allergy has on your life in the short and long term.
Call-out: Did you know?
Hay fever can affect exam results
In recent studies, GCSE students suffering from hay fever were 44% more likely to achieve a lower grade in their final exam (compared to their mocks).
How to copeGenerally speaking, there are three ways of managing hay fever symptoms:
- Limit your exposure to pollen Learn how
- Use symptom relievers See options
- Seek specialist treatment Find out more
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