Hay Fever and Your Eyes

Hay fever season is upon us, and you may have already started suffering with symptoms such itchy eyes, sneezing and in some cases difficulty breathing. The hay fever season runs from Spring to Autumn and affects almost 18 million people in the UK.

Pollen grains can set off an allergic reaction causing the conjunctiva (the transparent membrane covering the white of the eye) to become inflamed, which causes red, watery, itchy eyes.

There are 3 main pollen types, tree, grass and weed. Each of these have their own peak season which vary throughout the year. Identifying which pollen triggers your hay fever will help determine the time frame in which you are most sensitive. This will enable you to take the most appropriate medication at an earlier stage to help prevent or ease your symptoms.

Top Tips to Tackle Hay Fever

  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, keep your windows and doors closed and surfaces clear with a damp duster. Avoid going out early evening or mid-morning if possible as this is when the pollen count is at its highest.
  • Wear your sunglasses when you are outdoors, wrap around sunglasses will offer more protection from pollen.
  • Wear glasses instead of contact lenses. You may find this more comfortable than wearing your contact lenses in dry or dusty conditions or when gardening as grass particles and pollen can get stuck behind or on to the lens and cause discomfort.
  • Change your clothes and have a shower. If you have been outside for a long period of time you may have pollen on your clothes and skin.

How Can I Treat Hay Fever

Hay fever can be treated with oral antihistamines and eyedrops. These are best used before you come into contact with pollen, as it can help reduce the severity of your symptoms.

  • Antihistamines

When people suffer with allergies, the body mistakes something harmless, like pollen, as a threat and produces histamine. This causes symptoms such as a rash, a runny nose and itchy eyes. Taking antihistamines can help to prevent this from happening.

  • Eye Drops

Eye drops act as a protective defence and help to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. Our Hycosan range of eyedrops can all be used with contact lenses as they are preservative free, and help to keep the eye hydrated. For more sever hay fever speak to your GP or Pharmacist about medicated eye drops.

For any more information regarding hay fever or our range of eyedrops, feel free to contact the practice on 01332 291010 or pop in and speak to a member of the team.

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