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Hay Fever – How to manage your Hay Fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast

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Managing your hay fever this spring…

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

Read our latest patient survey results…

To find out more about how our patients feel about the service we provide we conducted a survey with the CQC to hear your views. We thank all patients who we kind enough to provide us with feedback.

The Results

  • 56% find it easy to get through to this surgery by phone
  • 70% find the receptionists at this surgery helpful
  • 32% with a preferred GP usually get to see or speak to that GP
  • 83% were able to get an appointment to see or speak to someone the last time they tried
  • 71% say the last appointment they got was convenient
  • 61% describe their experience of making an appointment as good
  • 34% usually wait 15 minutes or less after their appointment time to be seen
  • 24% feel they don’t normally have to wait too long to be seen
  • 87% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at giving them enough time
  • 88% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at listening to them
  • 86% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at explaining tests and treatments
  • 85% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at involving them in decisions about their
  • 85% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at treating them with care and concern
  • 93% had confidence and trust in the last GP they saw or spoke to
  • 98% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at giving them enough time
  • 98% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at listening to them
  • 96% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at explaining tests and treatments
  • 93% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at involving them in decisions about their care
  • 96% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at treating them with care and concern
  • 98% had confidence and trust in the last nurse they saw or spoke to
  • 65% are satisfied with the surgery’s opening hours
  • 75% describe their overall experience of this surgery as good
  • 67% would recommend this surgery to someone new to the area