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- Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:42
- 20% of the population suffer from hay fever in Ireland
- Symptoms can have a serious impact on a person's daily life
18 April 2014: With good weather forecast for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Pharmacists today warned hay fever sufferers to prepare themselves against the effects of the condition so their symptoms won't interfere with their enjoyment of the Easter holidays. One in five people in Ireland suffer from hay fever. Symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and headaches, all of which can have a serious impact on a person's daily life.
According to pharmacist Bernard Duggan of the IPU, "Hay fever can make life miserable for sufferers, especially people with severe symptoms. Many effective treatments for hay fever are available, including antihistamines, corticosteroid sprays and decongestants, or, for more severe cases, prescription medications such as steroids. Anyone suffering from hay fever should ask their pharmacist about the best treatment options for them – hay fever medicines are not all the same and they don't all work in the same way, therefore different medicines will suit different people."
Pharmacists are also warning that hay fever is a significant trigger for asthma so asthma sufferers should ensure they carry their inhaler at all times and use it as prescribed.