What can I do to avoid getting hay fever?
There are plenty of measures that you can take, some of which will involve some trial and error as not all the recommendations work for everyone. Individual responses to pollen and the treatments vary greatly.
Start off by getting an accurate diagnosis from your GP who will also suggest treatments, typically antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops. If the treatment doesn’t help much you may need to try others before you find one that suits you.
Your local pharmacist can also advise you on the various treatments available.
Try to start taking medication or other treatments several weeks before the start of the pollen season – have a look at the pollen calendar to help you with this.
If you cannot have antihistamines, there are lots of different treatments on the market that you can try. For example, there are barrier sprays and creams which help to keep pollen out of the nose or help to stop it reaching the sensitive cells within the nose. There are light therapy devices which are used to reduce the reaction in the nose and there is a wide range of herbal remedies.
Check out the pollen forecast - both daily and weekly forecasts are available.