hay fever blog


With hayfever season underway, you might notice your symptoms start to act up. You don’t have to put up with them. There are many hayfever relief treatments available that can help and your CARA Pharmacist can help you pick out the best ones for you and your family.

From tablets and eye drops to nasal sprays and allergy creams, there are a range of options to choose from. You may need more than one treatment to manage multiple symptoms, for example eye drops and a nasal spray!

WHAT POLLEN ALLERGY DO YOU HAVE?

There are three main types of pollen, tree grass and weed. These are active at different times of year. Tree pollen is usually around late March to mid-May, grass pollen is prevalent mid-May to July and Weed pollen is from the end of June to September. Knowing which type of pollen you’re allergic to can help you be prepared and stocked up with allergy treatment.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAYFEVER RELIEF:

Generally, it’s best to start treating hay fever with a tablet. Check with your pharmacist which one would suit you and build on that to obtain the best relief. 

If you experience multiple hayfever symptoms, you might find you need more than one hayfever treatment to help relieve your symptoms. You could try:

Nasal sprays for runny noses If you find your allergies mainly affect your nose, try using nasal sprays which can help prevent sneezing. Why not try Flixonase (contains fluticasone)

Eye drops for dry and itchy eyes – If one of your symptoms is dry or itchy eyes, try eye drops. They can help soothe and relieve your symptoms. Why not try Opticrom Eye Drops (contains sodium cromoglycate) – for the relief and treatment of the eye symptoms of hay fever.

One a day tablets for everyday relief If you regularly get allergies, why not try taking allergy tablets daily to help prevent allergy symptoms occurring. For example Cetrine (contains cetirizine) – for relief of – seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.

WHAT IF I’M PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?

There are still products available to help. Talk to your CARA Pharmacist about Prevalin Spray and Saline Sprays. These natural products are safe to use and will help alleviate symptoms. 

TOP TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO POLLEN:

  • When the pollen count is high, try to stay indoors and keep your windows and doors shut
  • Try putting a smear of Vaseline around your nostrils to trap the pollen
  • Wear wrap around sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • It’s best to shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash any pollen off and avoid walking in freshly cut grass areas
  • Avoid hanging clothes on the line, dry indoors if possible. This will avoid circulating pollen falling on clothes and being brought back into the home
  • You could try pollen filters in your car’s air vents and have them changed every time your car is serviced
  • A humidifier in your room may help to reduce airborne pollen and dust 

  • Consider reducing exposure to cigarette smoke, it can worsen hay fever symptoms
  • Make use of the Met Eireann website to keep up to date with the pollen forecast for your county

Always ask your pharmacist for advice and read the label and/or leaflet in your product