The Pollen Count in the UK is very high this summer period and many people don’t realise that opticians are able to provide useful advice, support, and treatment for hay fever.
Here’s a handy list of do’s and don’ts for those suffering from hay fever during the Summer season.
- Wear your sunglasses when outside
The best defence against pollen is direct protection of the eyes! Protecting against pollen is the best way to reduce hay fever symptoms. Sunglasses shield and block the harmful pollen spores and other allergens. You should wear your sunglasses outside during summer whether you suffer with hay fever or not, as they protect your eyes from the UV rays of the summer sun! Prescription glasses and sunglasses will both provide relief and protection against pollen.
- When indoors, keep pollen out!
When indoors, keep pollen out by shutting doors and windows in the home. Cleaning the home regularly and keeping doors and windows closed during the summer months, minimises the risk of picking up pollen spores and any other allergens. It’s a good idea to take a shower as soon as you arrive home after a day out to wash off the pollen you may have picked up over the course of the day.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and face
The main symptoms of hay fever are itchy, sore eyes and a runny nose, and although rubbing your eyes and wiping your nose frequently might be instinctive and provide temporary relief – try to avoid touching your face as much as possible. A cool flannel placed over your closed eyes will help to relieve the need to itch.
- Try medication
Medicated eye drops can offer symptomatic relief and a treatment for hay fever, they can be prescribed by your optician or purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy. You can also purchase hay fever tablets and anti-inflammatory nasal sprays over the counter at your local pharmacy.
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