Hay fever hits early as temperature rises

Over Easter weekend Fylde Coast residents were hit with what national weather forecasters were calling a ’pollen bomb’ making the bank holiday difficult for hay fever sufferers.

The bad news is that the May bank holidays could also be spoiled for many if they don’t prepare and get their hay fever treatments in time.

The hay fever season is usually worst for sufferers between late May and July but has come slightly early this year. As the pollen count goes up so does the demand for prescriptions for antihistamines that treat allergic reactions to things such as pollen.

The good news is that treatments for hay fever are easily available and cheap without going to see a GP for a prescription. In fact it’s so easy that GPs across the Fylde Coast will not routinely offer prescriptions for hay fever medications unless there is a real clinical need.

Visiting a local community pharmacy is your best option. You can speak to the pharmacist who is an expert in medications and can advise you on the best treatment. They can also offer advice on how to avoid hay fever triggers.

Speaking on behalf of the two CCGs Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, a Blackpool GP and Clinical Director for the two Fylde Coast CCGs said: “Fortunately, although it’s very irritating, hay fever isn’t serious and there are things people can do to help themselves. There is no need to spend time waiting to see a GP, you can buy very effective antihistamines at most supermarkets quite cheaply. If you are uncertain on what to buy all the advice you need is available from your local pharmacist.”

The NHS advises putting Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen, wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes and changing your clothes when you’ve been outside. More information on dealing with hay fever can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/

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