Top Tips to combat Hay Fever

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Pollen levels are set to be at their highest today across Merseyside as the Met Office expect they will be VERY HIGH.

Hayfever affects one in five people in the UK and causes symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing, here’s some top tips.

MANAGE ASTHMA

Take your prescribed asthma inhaler and medicine, especially during high pollen counts.

Go for regular asthma reviews.

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MEDICINE

Research shows that anyone with asthma who also has hay fever can significantly reduce their risk of going to A&E or being hospitalised if they treat their hay fever.

This could include nasal steroids, anti-histamines or anti-inflammatory eye-drops; so ask your pharmacist or GP which one is right for you.

HOME

Keep doors and windows closed when you’re indoors.

Dust with a damp cloth and vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particle arresting) filter regularly.

OUTSIDE

Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you’re outside.

Change your clothes and have a shower when you’ve been outside.

Don’t cut the grass and avoid walking in grassy areas.

If possible, avoid drying your clothes outside as pollen will stick to them.

Remember that pollen counts are generally higher in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening, so it may be better to avoid being outside at these times if possible.

If possible, don’t go outside before, during or just after a thunderstorm.

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HEALTH

Alcohol can increase your sensitivity to pollen so it may be worth avoiding it when the pollen count is high and/or your symptoms are worse.

Don’t smoke or let other people smoke around you because it can make hay fever (and asthma) symptoms worse.

PLAN

Keep an eye on air pollution levels on the Defra website and, if possible, avoid going out when air pollution levels are particularly high.

When you’re booking a holiday, remember that the pollen count is likely to be lower in locations by the sea.

If you’re going abroad, check the local pollen information and forecast before travelling.

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