Puffy eyelids, runny or blocked nose, itching in the nose, eyes, mouth or throat? If that is you, then you may just have allergic rhinitis – commonly known as hay fever. But don’t let the name mislead you. You do not have to be exposed to hay, nor do you have to have fever.
Hay fever develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitised and over reacts to something in the environment. Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it is warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
- sneezing and coughing
- a runny or blocked nose
- itchy, red or watery eyes
- itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- loss of smell
- pain around your temples and forehead
- feeling tired
If you have asthma, you might also:
- have a tight feeling in your chest
- be short of breath
- wheeze and cough
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
Hay fever is a common allergy, and at Mi Pharmacy, we have fully trained pharmacists and staff who can recommend and offer advice on many over the counter remedies. We are also able to recommend prescription medication with a quick free consultation with the pharmacist.