Hay fever

Hayfever is a common condition, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, and affects around 1 in 5 people in the UK. It often runs in families and is more likely to affect people who suffer from asthma and eczema.

It is an allergic condition where the body’s immune system overreacts to substances that are usually harmless, for example pollen from grasses, flowers, weeds or trees. The pollen causes the release of a chemical called histamine from cells in the nose, eyes and airways, which cause inflammation. Some people suffer symptoms all year round; they can be allergic to indoor allergens such as house dust mites, pets and indoor moulds. This is called perennial allergic rhinitis.

Symptoms include:

  • sneezing, itchy, blocked or runny nose
  • red, itchy, puffy or watery eyes
  • itchy throat
  • headaches and sinus pain
  • fatigue

Did you know you do not need to see the doctor for hay fever symptoms?

  • Pharmacists can offer advice on how to avoid triggers and how to treat your hay fever.
  • You do not need a prescription for hay fever medicines. Many treatments are available for little cost from a pharmacy.

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