NHS 24 urges public to go online for hay fever help

NHS 24 is urging people to go online for tips and advice on managing the symptoms of hay fever and other allergies.

With Allergy UK’s Awareness Week running from April 28 to May 4, and the arrival of spring, the campaign coincides with the onset of the hay fever season.

According to Allergy UK, one-in-four people suffers from an allergy at some time in their lives and 20% of the population is affected by hay fever in particular.

Professor George Crooks, NHS 24’s Medical Director, advises people that by following a few simple tips they can help minimise the effects of the condition.

He said: “Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees and grass, and can cause irritations of the eyes, nose and throat. In an ideal world, the most effective way to control hay fever would be to avoid exposure to pollen. However, it’s very difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors.

“Avoiding cutting grass, walking in grassy areas, and camping may reduce your exposure to grass pollens. When you are outside, wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes and change your clothes and take a shower when you come back inside.

“If you get hay fever symptoms even when taking care, there are a number of over the counter medicines available from your local pharmacy.”

NHS inform can be accessed at www.nhsinform.co.uk and the specific allergies section of the website can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk/allergies