Hay Fever warning issued by pharmacists

  • Pollen count set to soar amid good weather
  • Preventative action key to reducing symptoms

27 June 2018: The mercury across Ireland is rising, and while that is welcome news, it can be a worry for the 1 in 5 of the Irish people who suffer from hay fever. The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has issued an advisory to remind sufferers that the condition is most effectively managed through preventative action.

Hay fever is caused by pollen and spores creating an allergic reaction affecting the nose and sinuses. With high pollen counts prompted by the good weather, there will be an increase in pollen levels in the air released by trees, plants and grass. This could lead to increased levels of symptoms in hay fever sufferers.

Ann-Marie Horan, Executive Committee member of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), issued the following advice to hay fever sufferers:

“While it is a very common condition, hay fever can make life miserable, and could certainly prevent you enjoying the fabulous sunshine. I have seen an increase in the number of people attending my pharmacy to discuss the impact of hay fever.

“Thankfully, there is a range of treatments available which can dramatically reduce symptoms. Many of these are designed to stop pollen creating an allergic reaction in the first place. In many cases prevention is easier than cure. These include antihistamines, nasal sprays and anti-allergy eye-drops.”

Ms Horan said that sufferers should take preventive action and gave the following tips to reduce hay fever symptoms:

  • 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 carry their inhaler at all times, and use it as prescribed.

For further information:

Siobhán Kane, Press and Communications Manager, 087 775 1510