You may not realise it but it is Allergy Awareness Week this week and the hay fever season will start soon, so what better time to talk about hay fever medication than now?
Some of you may have started to feel the symptoms of hay fever and are worried that tablets or nasal sprays won’t help your suffering. You are not alone; the Allergy UK charity have said that around 18 million people suffer from hay fever, which is also called seasonal allergic rhinitis. Allergy UK did new research and found that 62% of hay fever medication is not effective. Only 4% of people who have hay fever said their medication helps reduce their symptoms.
People who suffer from hay fever are advised to check their medication and know how to use it properly before the grass pollen season (a type of hay fever) starts this summer. Why? Because Allergy UK’s research revealed that people not using their medication properly is one of the main reasons for suffering. For example, 39% of people with hay fever use a steroid nasal spray but only 14% are using it the right way.
If you feel your symptoms don’t improve when using hayfever medication everyday, for example antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays, do not ignore your symptoms. Get medical advice from your pharmacist or GP, or even contact Allergy UK for ideas on how to reduce your suffering.
It’s important to treat and control your hay fever because this condition has been association with development of asthma. There is no need to suffer in silence!
Hay Fever Tips
- Begin using nasal sprays two weeks before your hay fever symptoms normally start.
- If your medication doesn’t work, see your pharmacist or GP or contact Allergy UK for advice about different medication.
- If you are using antihistamines, be careful because they can cause drowsiness (feeling sleepy) which affects driving, using machines at work and concentration. Look for medication that doesn’t have drowsiness side effects.
For more information and advice, visit Allergy UK or tweet us @SignHealth.
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