Hayfever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis as it is known medically, affects one in five people and is mainly caused by grass pollen. It is an allergic reaction to pollen and spores and often leads to the onset of irritating and uncomfortable symptoms, including itchy, watering eyes, runny nose, sneezing and headaches.
Scientists say the allergy season is arriving earlier and earlier in the wake of global warming. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants can help, but ideally anyone suffering from Hayfever should ask their local Sam McCauley pharmacist or GP about the best treatment options for them and work out a treatment plan in advance of the high pollen season.
Cetrine is an extremely effective hayfever treatment and is available in packs of 30 tablets for only €9.99. Many sufferers of hayfever do not consider using a nasal spray, however there are two effective nasal sprays worth considering.
Flixonase Allergy Relief Nasal Spray works by preventing the release of inflammatory chemicals which cause the symptoms of hayfever. It is suitable for adults and offers fast relief and relieves congestion, sneezing, runny nose as well as easing pressure around the eyes and nose.
Prevalin nasal spray, is available in Sam McCauley Chemists and this lines the inside of the nose, deactivating pollen and addresses all significant hayfever symptoms, including runny nose and itchy watery eyes, without side effects. There is a children’s and adult version, can be used from 6 years and up, also has the advantage that it can be used by pregnant and breast feeding women.
For those individuals who suffer from swollen or itchy eyes, antihistamine eye drops can be very effective and can be used in conjunction with oral anti-histamine tablets – ask your local Sam McCauley Pharmacist for a recommendation.
The worst days in Ireland for hayfever sufferers are hot, sunny days with light winds and no rain. The better the weather the shorter the pollen season is, but pollen levels will be higher. Ask any of our pharmacists or trained healthcare staff for comprehensive advice on how best to deal with Hayfever.