IPU

Hay fever Warning from Pharmacists as Peak Season Brings Very High Pollen Levels

  • Preventative steps this week can minimise Hay Fever suffering

 25 June 2020: The one in five Irish adults who suffer from hay fever have been warned the coming days will bring very high levels of pollen across the country. The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has said that we are now in peak hay fever season and advised preventative action to minimise the effects.

The advice comes as new analysis conducted by HMR on behalf of the IPU reveals that during June there is an annual spike in demand for medication to combat hay fever.

Community pharmacist and IPU committee member Dermot Twomey provided advice to hay fever sufferers: “After several weeks of grey and gloomy weather we are experiencing warm weather. While that is welcome Met Eireann is also predicting a ‘very high’ pollen count across the entire country over the next two days and remaining ‘high’ after that, which for many of us will mean a greater risk of hay fever.

“Our research shows the need for hay fever treatments peaks in June which also leads to the highest pollen counts throughout the year.

“The first important step for people to take is prevention. Take your regular hay fever treatment as a preventative medication every day and don’t wait for symptoms to appear.”

Other tips from Mr Twomey are:

  • Keep doors and windows closed at home and when driving;
  • Apply a little Vaseline inside the nose to trap pollen and stop it being inhaled;
  • Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound glasses which prevent pollen entering the eyes;
  • Don’t mow the grass and avoid working in the garden;
  • Don’t dry clothes outside if possible; and
  • Wash your hair, hands and face when you come back indoors and change your clothes to get rid of any pollen.”

Pharmacists also warn that as hay fever is a significant trigger for asthma, asthma patients should ensure they always carry their inhaler and use it as prescribed.

For further information contact:

Siobhán Kane, Press and Communications Manager, 087 775  1510

Notes to the editor:

What is hay fever:

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, is caused by pollen and spores creating an allergic reaction affecting the nose and sinuses. While it can occur at any time of year, sufferers are particularly impacted from the early summer until autumn. Although hay fever is a relatively common condition, the symptoms can be extremely unpleasant.